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
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.
C4 Plant Selective Herbicides: A New Approach to Combat C4 Weeds in Arable Crops
The majority of the world’s worst weeds use C4 photosynthesis; in contrast, many of the most important crop plants use C3 photosynthesis. Hence, the development of C4 plant-specific herbicides will have a substantial impact on securing global nutrition.more
Improving plant biomass conversion by Ustilago maydis for sustainable production of platform chemicals
The central aim of a developing bioeconomy is the switch to a bio-based, sustainable production of chemicals and biofuels using renewable resources such as plant biomass. For a socially acceptable bioeconomy, this biomass must not compete with human food sources. Hence, the focus has shifted to the use of lignocellulosic plant parts.more