Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

SEED FUND Projects

In phase 1 of the NRW Strategy Project BioSC, SEED FUND projects were funded that aimed at verifying the viability of innovative, explorative project ideas with relevance to bioeconomy where there was no or few preliminary work.

Project topics had to be selected in such a way that in each project at least two BioSC research areas and two BioSC affiliates were involved.

The duration was usually 12 months with a budget of a maximum of €150,000.




Participating and Integration of Research Areas
AquaPro Using invasive alien aquatic plant biomass for energy production  
BioCaPS Structural Insights of Biohybrid Catalysts for Polylactide Synthesis      
BioDeg Boosting plant biomass degradation by combined use of lignin- and cellulose-degrading enzymes      
BioSAF Carotenoid cleaving enzymes for efficient biosynthesis of Saffron      
CoSens Genetically encoded biosensors for dynamic and quantitative sensing of metabolic cofactors in subcellular compartments    
DiPro Dirigent Proteins in Bioeconomy    
Econ-BioSC Biomass flows and technological innovation in the bioeconomy: A global scenario analysis      
EtMeD Development of an ethylene measuring device for ethylene receptor characterization of plants    
FlowCom Everything in Flow – New Compartments for Cascade Reactions    
GreenGel Bifunctional Nanogel- based Fertilizers for Controlled Nutrition of Plants        
HiQFlux Quantifying metabolic network operation in compartmentalized organisms - yeast as a eucaryotic model    
LIPANO Glucosinolate break-down products as modifiers of soil fungal lipids, protein profiles and allelopathy: Impacts on nodulation, mycorrhiza and growth of Fabaceae        
MetEvo Metabolic evolution of microorganisms for the efficient utilization of carbon sources    
MisQual Genotype and environment as driving factors for quality of lignocelluloses from Miscanthus as raw material for industry    
MoniCon Establishing online-methodology to monitor growth of single species in fungal consortia  
NovoSurf Identification of novel natural microbial surfactants    
ROXENSE Efficient Redox sensing and engineering for optimization of biocatalysis        
TPOT A proof of concept for an E. coli hydroxylation platform with efficient terpene/terpenoid translocation through the outer membrane    

Improving plant biomass conversion by Ustilago maydis for sustainable production of platform chemicals


Defining optimum growth conditions for Ustilago maydis to increase the production of recombinant proteins


Production of glycolipid variants for industrial application by smart genetic engineering