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Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC)

Established in 2010 and founded by the Forschungszentrum Jülich, RWTH Aachen University and Universities of Düsseldorf and Bonn the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) contributes with interdisciplinary and integrated reserach projects to the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. Besides research the education of young researchers is an important pilar of the BioSC activities. Recently, more than 1500 employees from 65 institutes of the four BioSC partners work together in more than 30 joint projects. In future, BioSC will bundle the expertise on three focus topics (i) „Smart management of plant production“, (ii) „Integrated biorefineries for sustainable production and processing“, (iii) „Modular biotransformations for the production of high-value chemicals“. Additionalls, a competence platform „Economy, strategies and concepts“ is implemented to investigate the value of new products and processes for economy and their societal acceptance as well as strategies and concepts for the development and implementation of a sustainable bioeconomy. IBG-2 is core group of the BioSC and hosts the BioSC office.

Coordination: Dr. Heike Slusarczyk

PhenoRob - Excellence Cluster on Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Plant Production

In this unique cluster, multiscale monitoring of plant and environmental characteristics is combined with autonomous robots and distributed sensor systems using methods of large data analysis and machine learning. We will use artificial intelligence to create novel system solutions for efficient and thus resource-conserving plant production systems within the context of a sustainable bioeconomy.

More on: PhenoRob's YouTube channel

Coordination (Jülich): Prof. Michelle Watt Prof. Ulrich Schurr Prof. Uwe Rascher

CEPLAS - Excellence Cluster on Plant Sciences

The Cluster of Excellence CEPLAS investigates how plants adapt to changing environmental conditions, how they are able to colonize almost every habitat on earth, and how these findings can be used for agriculture. The plant genome is the key to understanding this adaptability. Genes control plant growth and the conversion of light energy into chemical energy during photosynthesis. Microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria also play an important role because they can influence plant growth both positively and negatively. Therefore, it is important to understand as many factors as possible that are involved in the plant adaption to changing conditions, and thus to ensure the future supply with plant based-raw materials for food, feed and energy. CEPLAS pursues the aim to establish a sustainable, resource-efficient plant production. Our mission is to decode different complex plant traits, which have an important impact on the growth, yield and use of resources. By understanding the molecular and genetic basis of these plant traits, we aim to create the foundation for the sustainable cultivation of food, feed and energy crops. CEPLAS is a joint initiative of the Heinrich Heine University, the University of Cologne, of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne and the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Koordination (Jülich): Prof. Michelle Watt Prof. Ulrich Schurr Prof. Björn Usadel

Bioeconomy-Region - From Strategic Research to Driving Structural Change

Im Zusammenhang mit dem strukturierten Ausstieg aus dem Braunkohleabbau muss das Rheinische Revier ein neues Profil gewinnen, in dem neue Optionen für Wertschöpfung ausgebaut und etabliert werden. Identität, sichere Arbeitsplätze und Wohlstand sind Voraussetzung für den Erhalt der Lebensqualität in der Region. Zukunftsfähigkeit entscheidet sich aber auch durch einen nachhaltigen und ressourcen- sowie klima-schonenden Lebens- und Arbeitsstil. Deswegen sollen kurz-, mittel- und langfristig neue Chancen für das Revier implementiert werden, die heute und zukünftig die Region für die Bevölkerung als Lebens- UND Arbeitsregion attraktiv machen. Auf Basis der heutigen Stärken in Wirtschaft, Forschung und gesellschaftlicher Perspektive soll das Rheinische Braunkohlerevier zum Bioökonomie Revier Rheinland umgebaut werden und damit eine Leuchtturmregion für nachhaltige und zirkuläre Bioökonomie in Deutschland, Europa und weltweit entstehen.

Coordination: Dr. Christian Klar

German Plant Phenotyping Network (DPPN)

DPPN is a national network of three German re-search centers: i) Forschungszentrum Jülich (coordination IBG-2), ii) Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and iii) Crop Plant Research Gatersleben and the Helmholtz Center Munich.

The mission of DPPN is to provide leading infrastructures and phenotyping sciences for a wide range of plant traits related to roots, shoots and seeds. Additionally phenotyping of phytopathological processes, interfaces to “omics” technologies and methods for field phenotyping will be developed and implemented.

Coordination: Dr. Adi Kesseler

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HGF Cross-Programme Initiative: Sustainable Bioeconomy

The Helmholtz initaitive aims on the development of scientifically based solution options for a sutainable bioeconomy which will be evaluated in pilot systems and studies. Thereby, the focus is set on global food security and healthy food supply as well as the production of high-value products from renewable resources as integrated goal of sustainable bioeconomy.

Coordination: Dr. Christian Klar

Helmholtz-Partnership for Plant Sciences (HP-PS)

Since 2017, plant research activities in the Helmholtz Association have been strategically bundled within the "Helmholtz Partnership for Plant Sciences" (HP-PS). The participating Helmholtz-Centers, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Helmholtz-Zentrum München have set themselves the goal of intensifying their more than 15 years ongoing cooperation and developing a joint research strategy in the areas of the production of plant-based products, nutrition and biotechnology.
Plant research at the two centers is geared to bioeconomic research at Forschungszentrum Jülich and health research at HMGU and focuses on aspects of optimizing yield and quality, sustainable production and plant health for food and crop plants. To this end, joint governance structures were created and cross-location projects initiated. The activities also include staff exchanges and the joint use of existing research infrastructures.

Coordination: Dr. Adi Kesseler