Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy

Bioeconomy Science Center
Research and cooperation for a sustainable bioeconomy
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Sustainable bioeconomy!?

What is it? And how can research and education contribute to the transformation to a bio-based economy?

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.

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Food security
Climate protection
Resource management
Energy supply

Integrative bioeconomy  |  Finding solutions for societal challenges

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Challenge Food security

How can we succeed in supplying a growing world population with high quality foods?

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. 

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Challenge Climate protection

How can the impacts of human activity on the earth’s climate be minimized?

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.

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Challenge Resource management

How can we meet requirements for resources and energy production that are both secure and economical?

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.

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Challenge Energy supply

How can renewable fuels for mobile applications and bioenergy be made available sustainably and for the long term?

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.

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Current news

06.06.2017

The bioeconomy is supported increasingly by federal and countries

The German Bioeconomy Council invites federal state representatives to exchange information

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.

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06.06.2017

New tender for the Supervision Award

Tender for the Supervision Award

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.

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01.06.2017

Seven million Euros for a sustainable bioeconomy in NRW

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).

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31.05.2017

BioSC Excursion Project :metabolon Material conversion | Recycling management | Environmental technology

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.

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30.05.2017

BioSC scientists develop new foliar fertilization system

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.

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17.05.2017

Career information day "Plant Sciences for the BioEconomy"

On May the 16th a total of 24 pupils from the 8th to 10th grade took part in the career information day "Plant Sciences for the BioEconomy". This event was organized as part of the Fascination of Plants Day by the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC).

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04.05.2017

17 BioSC Lecture „The forest- and plant-based bioeconomy – opportunities for cooperation“

The 17th  BioSC lecture on "The forest- and plant-based bioeconomy-opportunities for cooperation" was given on the 12th of May at Forschungszentrum Jülich by Dr. Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Director for research and innovation, FCBA (French Institute of Technology for forest-based and furniture sectors), Champs-sur-Marne, France.

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26.04.2017

Occupational field day plant sciences for the bioeconomy on May the 16th 2017

In the course of the Fascination of Plants Day 2017, the Forschungszentrum Jülich (Institute of Plant Sciences in cooperation with JuLab Schools Laboratory) and the Bioecononmy Science Center invite 8th to 10th grade students on May 16, 2017 to gain insight into job profiles related to plant sciences.

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SEED FUND Project AquaPro

Using invasive alien aquatic plant biomass for bioenergy production

The aim of this project is to analyze the potential of Invasive Alien Aquatic Plant species (IAAPs) and to identify a further cascade usage after fractionation. Besides providing a new insight in the utilization of the polysaccharide fraction from IAAPs in a biorefinery process the identification of valuable compounds will increase the economic potential of the system. This will generate new options for the economic use of plant biomass of IAAPs.

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BOOST FUND Projekt 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 PectiLyse

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.

 

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BOOST FUND Project RIPE

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. 

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SEED FUND Projekt FlowCom

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.

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BOOST FUND Projekt 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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Publications

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.

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Calls

Nutzpflanzen der Zukunft (BMBF)

27. Juni 2017

Ziel der Förderrichtlinie „Nutzpflanzen der Zukunft“ des BMBF ist es, im Rahmen von Forschungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben (FuE) technologisch-explorative, zukunftsweisende Ansätze zu entwickeln, welche die molekulare Präzisionszüchtung von Nutzpflanzen mit Hilfe von optimierten bzw. neuartigen CRISPR/Cas-Systemen und anderen fortschrittlichen Genome Editing-Verfahren entscheidend verbessern bzw. beschleunigen.

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next event: 28.06.2017
Papenburg
28.06.2017 - 29.06.2017

Congress innovations from biomass

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Stuttgart-Hohenheim
12.09.2017 - 13.09.2017

2. BioEconomy Congress Baden-Württemberg

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Cologne, Maternushaus
27.11.2017
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4th BioSC Forum

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Cologne, Maternushaus
28.11.2017
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2nd BioSC Symposium

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Cologne, Maternushaus
29.11.2017
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PhD Training Day

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