Bioeconomy means operating sustainably - if possible without fossil raw materials and without producing waste, modelled on cycles in nature.
Plants, animals, microorganisms and their products provide resources - for food and materials such as medicines, bioplastics or even fuels.
Renewable resources, but also plastics or rare metals, are to be efficiently recycled. Tailor-made biocatalysts, for example, can help here.
Biobased products do not simply replace conventional products, but sometimes habe additional properties: for instance, aircraft wings made of artificial spider silk would be lighter and would save fuel.
is the Science Year of bioeconomy. For 20 years, the Science Years have been bringing research and society together throughout Germany. They are intended to stimulate debate, present ideas and make science more transparent.
- enough food and healthy food for all
- securing sustainable energy and raw material supplies
- protecting the climate and the environment
Jülich is concentrating on the fundamentals of resources, products and material cycles:
- cultivating bacteria
- improving the use of plants
- improving soil productivity
- contributing to the transformation of the Rhenish lignite region into a bioeconomy region, the BioökonomieREVIER
Illustrations: Diana Köhne