Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy
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... for biobased chemicals

Approaches (selection)

  • Material conversion of biobased intermediates into valuable resources.
  • Procedures for microbial prodcution
  • Application of the genetic diversity within plants and microorganisms
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... for biobased food and feed

Approaches (selection)

  • Increase of quality and yield from plant biomass
  • Efficient utilization of soil and water ressources
  • Prevention of plant diseases and stress
  • Regeneration of degraded ecosystems
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... for biobased materials

Approaches (selection)

  • Development of new materialed based on renewable resources
  • Design and development of new and funtionalized polymers 
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... for biofuels and bioenergy

Approaches (selection)

  • Development of new and stable procedures for the degradation of lignocellulose 
  • Utilization and conversion of lignin
  • Multiple usage of biorefineries: optimization and integration of different (side-)streams

Current topics

BOOST FUND project

BEProMod

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.

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BOOST FUND project

OrCaCel

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.

 

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BOOST FUND project

C4-PSH

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.

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SEED FUND project

UstiLyse

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.

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