Sustainable biomass production for Bioeconomy

Mission and Aims

Exploring and expanding boundaries of biomass production in algal photobioreactors

Cultivation of algae is an option for the production of alternative biomass for materials, chemicals and biofuels and to sequester, on a large scale, nutrients from waste water effluents. Perspectives of growing microalgae as a crop, highlight some of the exceptional (energy) storage properties of microalgae regarding commercial exploitation. We develop novel photobioreactors and cultivation concepts and devices covering multiple scales, tailored for their application in science and economy.


Westerwalbesloh, C. ; Brehl, C. ; Weber, S. ; Probst, C. ; Widzgowski, J. ; Grünberger, A. ; Pfaff, C. ; Nedbal, L. ; Kohlheyer, D. A microfluidic photobioreactor for simultaneous observation and cultivation of single microalgal cells or cell aggregates PLOS ONE 14(4), e0216093 - (2019)

Loomba, V. ; Huber, G. ; von Lieres, E. Single-cell computational analysis of light harvesting in a flat-panel photo-bioreactor Biotechnology for biofuels 11(1), 149 (2018)

Schreiber, C. ; Behrendt, D. ; Huber, G. ; Pfaff, C. ; Widzgowski, J. ; Ackermann, B. ; Müller, A. ; Zachleder, V. ; Moudříková, Š. ; Mojzeš, P. ; Schurr, U. ; Grobbelaar, J. ; Nedbal, L. Growth of algal biomass in laboratory and in large-scale algal photobioreactors in the temperate climate of western Germany Bioresource technology 234, 140 - 149 (2017)

Perennial plants as a renewable resource

Perennial plants have a significant potential for production on marginal soils and, at the same time, to deliver novel biomass compositions. Tailor-made processes for adaptive lignocellulose processing can then be established to identify high value bio-based chemicals from the biomass sources.


Nabel, M. ; Schrey, S. ; Temperton, V. M. ; Harrison, L. ; Jablonowski, N. D.
Legume Intercropping With the Bioenergy Crop Sida hermaphrodita on Marginal Soil Frontiers in plant science 9, 905 (2018)

Nabel, M. ; Schrey, S. ; Poorter, H. ; Koller, R. ; Nagel, K. ; Temperton, V. M. ; Dietrich, C. ; Briese, C. ; Jablonowski, N. D. Coming Late for Dinner: Localized Digestate Depot Fertilization for Extensive Cultivation of Marginal Soil With Sida hermaphrodita Frontiers in plant science 9, 1095 (2018)

Jablonowski, N. D. ; Kollmann, T. ; Nabel, M. ; Damm, T. ; Klose, H. ; Müller, M. ; Bläsing, M. ; Seebold, S. ; Krafft, S. ; Kuperjans, I. ; Dahmen, M. ; Schurr, U. Valorization of Sida ( Sida hermaphrodita ) biomass for multiple energy purposes Global change biology / Bioenergy 9(1), 202–214 (2017)

Identifying beneficial lignocellulosic traits for biomass cultivation and processing

As a prerequisite for developing efficient strategies for biomass utilisation and valorisation, it is important to understand plant cell wall structure and biosynthesis. Therefore, the elucidation of cell wall recalcitrance is intensively addressed. We screen different types of lignocellulosic biomass and microalgae for cell wall traits important for further processing but also for plant health. In these studies, especially the composition and structure and the bio-synthesis of cell walls is covered.


Damm, T. ; Pattathil, S. ; Günl, M. ; Jablonowski, N. D. ; O'Neill, M. ; Grün, K. S. ; Grande, P. M. ; Leitner, W. ; Schurr, U. ; Usadel, B. ; Klose, H. Insights into cell wall structure of Sida hermaphrodita and its influence on recalcitrance Carbohydrate polymers 168, 94 - 102 (2017)

Damm, T. ; Grande, P. M. ; Jablonowski, N. D. ; Thiele, B. ; Disko, U. ; Mann, U. ; Schurr, U. ; Leitner, W. ; Usadel, B. ; Domínguez de María, P. ; Klose, H. OrganoCat pretreatment of perennial plants: Synergies between a biogenic fractionation and valuable feedstocks Bioresource technology 244, 889 - 896 (2017)


Dr. Holger Klose

Head of Research "Alternative Biomass"

  • Institute of Bio- and Geosciences (IBG)
  • Plant Sciences (IBG-2)
Building 06.2 /
Room 423
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Last Modified: 08.11.2022