The Bioeconomy Science Center explanatory film provides a first insight into bioeconomy. It describes how interdisciplinary and integrative research cooperation on a regional scale can be organized and what is required to develop solution approaches for the challenges of the 21st century.Play video
Unfavorable and complex constraints such as limitation of agricultural areas, competing uses of renewable resources – energetically or materially – and changing consumption habits call for new cross-disciplinary approaches from the field of sustainable bioeconomy.
The sustainable production of energy and renewable resources through resource-efficient processes and the development of a closed-cycle economy is an important aspect of adapting to climate change. Already today, the concept of a sustainable bioeconomy offers many solutions for improving climate protection.more
This can only be achieved through sustainable management of our natural resources, including air, water, climate and ecosystems. A sustainable bioeconomy can provide a number of promising solutions in this area.more
Its storage capability is what makes bioenergy such an important part of the future energy mix. It is an indispensable component that can compete with energy sources such as wind and solar energy that are not always available. The sustainable bioeconomy offers solutions for developing integrated production processes for sustainable production.more
On the 1st of September, 2017 a BioSC Spotlight about the low-input plant Silphie takes place at Campus Klein-Altendorf in Bonn. BioSC scientists and external experts will present their latest results and discuss current developments regarding cultivation and utilisation of Silphie. The event will be in German. Registration is open!more
The BioSC lecture on "Inspired by nature - Development of sustainable flavour modifiers" will be given on the 4th of August 11.30 am at Forschungszentrum Jülich by Dr. Jakob Ley, Director Ingredient Research Flavour & Nutrition at Symrise AG. Dr. Ley is group leader for the development of aroma and taste modulation compounds.more
In frame of the 2. International BioSC Symposium "Towards an Integrated Bioeconomy" we are happy to announce a poster call. Submit your poster before August 15th with the main topics “Socioeconomic Perspectives within a Sustainable Bioeconomy”, “Innovations for Plant Production and Resource Management” und “Green Value Chains ‐ Processes and Products from Biomass”.more
Numerous federal states promote the development of the bioeconomy with their own programmes and initiatives. Politics and science representatives of ten federal states met at the invitation of the German Bioeconomy Council in Berlin. In addition to, federal bioeconomy strategies specific for country, regional and land-covering research groups as well as social dialogue were the centre of focus. Besides, it becomes clear: The bioeconomy in Germany is already strong due to the network of the national and regional initiatives, but improved understanding is necessary.more
This year again, BioSC will award young researchers. With the BioSC Supervision Award, the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) is thus awarding young academics for special achievements with regard to the quality of their supervision of doctoral students in the BioSC Core Groups.more
Compentences covering a wide range of scientific disciplines from biology, engineering to economy and social sciences will be combined within the three so called "FocusLabs" to foster a sustainable bioeconomy in NRW. FocusLabs were established within the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC).
The next BioSC excursion for PhDs will take place on 12 July 2017. The project: metabolon will be presented during the excursion. The objective of the :metabolon project is to redevelop the current Waste Disposal Centre Leppe by turning it into a competence, learning and innovation site for material conversion and location-related environmental technology and techniques. The number of participants is limited.more
A team from DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen, RWTH Aachen University and University of Bonn developed a completely new lfoliar fertilization system based on biocompatible microgels. Important results were achieved in the BioSC SEED FUND project GreenGel.more
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With the first FocusLabs advertising in 2016 three projects were selected. Two refer to the focus topic areas "Integrated biorefineries for sustainable production and processing", one on the focus topic area "Modular biotransformations for high-value chemicals". The second FocusLab advertising has been published BioSC inside on the 1st of March.more
OrganoCat plant and pulping combinations for the full valorization of lignocellulose from marginal land grown perennial plants
The full valorization of lignocellulose residues is a crucial step to obtain ecological and economic figures in future biorefineries. The recently developed OrganoCat process is a promising alternative to deliver non-degraded fractions of the three main carbon components of lignocellulose. The OrCaCel project aims to combine plant science with analytics and chemical engineering to adapt the OrganoCat process for different types of plant biomass that is obtained from perennial plants growing in low-inpit production to minimize environmental footprint.more
Activation of intrinsic enzymes for degradation of plant biomass side-streams
The projects aims to apply a microbial bioprocess to generate platform chemicals from pectin-rich biomass side-streams, which should be degraded to fermentable sugars by enzymatic conversion by using the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis as a whole-cell biocatalyst.
Ripening delay of climacteric fruits by peptides
Post-harvest losses of food produced for human consumption are estimated to reach up to 50 %. The project RIPE aims at improving and exploiting natural, ripening-delaying peptides by an integrated approach addressing the molecular understanding of interactions of the peptides with the ethylene receptor, the delivery of peptides in terms of peptide containers with reversible binding to fruit/vegetable surfaces, and the pre- and postharvest application to apples and tomatoes.more
Everything in Flow – New Compartments for Cascade Reactions
The project aims at synthesizing protein/enzyme-based active membranes to be employed in membrane modules for the efficient process control of aldolase-catalyzed reactions. This modular approach is based on the synthesis of protein-polymer conjugates, which form an ultrathin nanoporous membrane via self-assembly at fluid interfaces. It allows the production of functional membranes or membrane modules which combine high flux and permeability with high selectivity and functionality.more
Incremental multi-scale and multi-disciplinary Modeling of Processes in Bioeconomy
The vision of a future bio-based economy heavily relies on integrated process chains for biomass production and processing followed by transforming biomass compounds into valuable products. Integrated bioeconomic processes can only become competitive if they are operated with highest efficiency and maximal utilization of all occurring material flows. Thus, effective systems integration is one of the great challenges in this research field. In this context, tools and methods for plant modeling, simulation and design play a crucial role.more
Meurer, RA, Kemper, S, Knopp, S, Eichert, T, Jakob, F, Goldbach, HE, Schwaneberg, U and Pich, A (2017) Biofunktionale Mikrogel-basierte Dünger zur kontrollierten Blattdüngung mit Nährstoffen auf Pflanzen. Angewandte Chemie. doi 10.1002/ange.201701620.
Terfrüchte, M., Reindl, M., Jankowski, S., Sarkari, P., Feldbrügge, M., Schipper, K. (2017) Applying Unconventional Secretion in Ustilago maydis for the Export of Functional Nanobodies. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 18(5), 937.
Damm T , Pattathil S, Günl M, Jablonowski ND, O´Neill M, Grün KS, Grande PM, Leitner W, Schurr U, Usadel B, Klose H (2017) Insights into cell wall structure of Sida hermaphrodita and its influence on recalcitrance. Carbohydrate Polymers 168, 94-102.
7.th of September 2017
The main focus of this Joint Technology Initiative is on the transformation of non-edible parts of plants (e.g. wood, agricultural and forestry residues) and biodegradable wastes into bio-based products and biofuels.