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  • Paper production from plant fibres - 20/01/2021

    How much do consumers care about exactly how their paper packaging is made and what it is made of? It doesn't really matter, does it, as long as paper packaging is "eco"? Actually, that's not entirely true, because trees need to be felled even for producing recycled paper. An alternative could be paper made from Silphium perfoliatum or cup plant, a flowering plant species in the Asteraceae family. Together with partners, a…

  • Natural substance with herbicide potential - 10/12/2020

    The sugar 7-deoxy-sedoheptulose (7dSh) is produced by cyanobacteria and inhibits the same metabolic pathway as the broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate, thus making it an excellent herbicide candidate. Despite this amazing similarity, the microbiologist who discovered 7dSh, Prof. Dr. Karl Forchhammer, believes that this sugar has clear ecological advantages over glyphosate.

  • Outlook on the future of agriculture - 30/11/2020

    The demand for organic products is continuing to grow; at the same time nature is being preserved – so why not switch completely to organic farming? The answer is simple: because not everyone can afford it, and with current consumption patterns not everyone would get enough to eat. A cooperative project is researching an an agricultural system that falls between conventional and organic farming.

  • Development of biogenic packaging - 16/11/2020

    Modern packaging often boils down to a tick list of biogenic origin and/or biodegradability. But comprehensive sustainable packaging concepts need more than just that. Perishable foods, for example, require special barrier properties. The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University of Applied Sciences is researching packaging concepts for their sustainability.

  • Dossier - 09/11/2020

    What will the packaging of the future look like, and what will be required of it? Can packaging be biobased, recyclable, sustainable and economic? In Baden-Württemberg, there are various approaches to developing packaging with the above properties from various sources including agricultural residual and side streams as well as municipal waste.

  • Phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge - 21/10/2020

    Biotechnology for the bioeconomy: in something known as the P-bac process, sulphur bacteria extract phosphorus from sewage sludge ash. Phosphorus is one of the key building blocks of life and an essential nutrient for plant growth. When there is not enough phosphorus in the soil, farmers apply it via organic or mineral fertilisers.

  • Qualitative soil fertiliser - 10/07/2020

    Recycled material instead of waste: wood ash is good for soil and plants - if the quality is right. The German Federal Quality Association for Food Ash ensures reliable wood ash standards with its certifications. The RAL-Dünger label for fertilisers provides the necessary certification for natural wood ashes to be used in the circular economy.

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