Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Film about the Fraunhofer IME: "Natural Products for Biotechnology"

Insects are small creepy-crawlies with great potential - survival artists living in the most inhospitable places. How the molecules they produce enrich research and open up new perspectives for therapies, a new film is now showing.

New strategies against mosquitoes and pests

Mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases; flies can cause massive crop failures. New strategies are envisioned to cope with such insect pests. Environmentally friendly and species-specific. In this context, the "Sterile Insect Technique" plays an important role.

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Rubber from dandelions

Scientists at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and the Fraunhofer IME identify key components of the rubber-biosynthesis

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Predicting pesticide loads more accurately

Fraunhofer IME researchers have developed a software for Germany estimating pesticide concentrations in surface waters. The new process can be employed as a component of pesticide authorization procedures

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Recycling of industrial exhaust gases

Fraunhofer researchers develop a process for the recycling of exhaust gases from industrial production facilities

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New testing concept using molecular markers

Fraunhofer scientists track endocrine disruption in fish using molecular markers

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Our locations

IN GERMANY:

Molecular Biology: Aachen | Frankfurt a.M. | Gießen | Hamburg | Münster

Applied Ecology: Schmallenberg

OVERSEAS: Santiago, Chile

Research from molecule to ecosystem

 

Welcome to the Fraunhofer IME. We conduct research in the field of applied life sciences from a molecular level to entire ecosystems and are your partner for contract research in the areas of pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, as well as environmental and consumer protection. Our research and development portfolio is focused on industry, small and medium enterprises and on the public sector.

The overarching goal of our research activities at Fraunhofer IME is the development and use of novel technologies for diagnosis and therapy of human and animal diseases as well as the protection of crop plants and food sources.

 

Publications

 

You can find a list of selected publications of the Fraunhofer IME, our annual reports, booklets and flyers here:

 

31.12.2016

New management team at Fraunhofer IME

Prof. Rainer Fischer will leave the Fraunhofer IME on 1 April 2017 to take on new tasks. He will remain a member of the institute's management team until the end of March 2017, but will hand over his duties as of January 1 to the responsible successor in the institute management and to the deputy Chairman of the Fraunhofer Group for Life Sciences, Prof. Norbert Krug.

Prof. Stefan Schillberg and Prof. Christoph Schäfers, heading the IME locations in Aachen and Schmallenberg, will take over the institute management as acting members, together with Prof. Gerd Geisslinger, head of the Frankfurt location, who will also serve as IME's acting Executive Director.

20.12.2016

Together, UKE and IME strive to develop new active ingredients against MS

The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME want to pave the way for new therapies against multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of a joint project is to further develop active substance candidates which specifically prevent death of neurons, which is the cause for the progressive degree of disability in multiple sclerosis. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 1.5 million euros.

7.12.2016

Project group Bioresources successful: Hessian LOEWE funding extended

Fraunhofer IME’s project group Bioresources can successfully close the year and start into 2017 with the second funding period within the Centre Insect Biotechnology (ZIB). The ZIB is funded by the Hessian state program LOEWE and receives a total of 18.2 million euros from 2017 to 2019. Most of this is used for the Fraunhofer project group Bioresources. The project group was founded in 2009 at the Justus Liebig University, set up and expended by Gießen Entomologist and IME researcher Prof. Andreas Vilcinskas. He is also the coordinator of the ZIB.

29.11.2016

Novel insights: Plant metabolism exploration and production optimization

Fraunhofer IME researchers have developed a novel methodology that allows to explore the metabolic responses in plants at a global level. It enables the evaluation and interpretation of metabolic changes in any plant-based system caused by the simultaneous application of diverse ecological factors. Furthermore, this high-throughput screening system can be used for production optimization of any metabolically engineered cell lines. The comprehensive study has been published now in „Scientific Reports“, an online journal of the Nature Publishing Group.

17.11.2016

Bioresources for the bio-economy: New research building

It is the insects and their gigantic variety of active substances, which give a new research building to the city of Gießen. Here, it is planned to set up a new Fraunhofer Institute for Bioresources, with the aim of obtaining new active substances for medicine, plant protection and industry from insects, bacteria and fungi. Now, the groundbreaking ceremony took place in the presence of Hessian Minister President Volker Bouffier. The approximately 30 million euro-expensive building is financed by the state of Hesse and by the German federal government, each bearing half of the costs.

11.11.2016

Enzymes in parabolic flight: Experiments in microgravity

In a microgravity environment, objects are in free fall. This provides researchers with a clear view on biological and physical processes, since it is free of complicating gravity-induced phenomena like convection, shear forces, or hydrostatic pressure. Microgravity can be achieved e.g. by parabolic flights. Now, Fraunhofer IME has studied the effect of microgravity on the kinetic properties of enzymatic reactions in an Airbus A310 Zero-G flight. The experiment was conducted in automation mode via web application.The results might uncover new enzymatic properties that could expand industrial applications.

4.11.2016

New therapies for healthy ageing: Transnational cooperation

In order to facilitate drug discovery and biomarker development for the healthy ageing of humans, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort (Hamburg) and the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing ERIBA (University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen), have formed a strategic alliance. The initiative is supported by grants from the cities of Hamburg and Groningen.

26.10.2016

Medical Data Space: Great potential for patients and researchers

In a press conference in Berlin, Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and Research, and Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), informed about the progress of the conversion of the German economy by digitization after one year of running the project "Industrial Data Space". Also, the FhG has already developed a white paper on a "Medical Data Space", with substantial contribution by Rainer Fischer and Matthias Jarke (Directors of Fraunhofer IME and FIT). The networking of medical data offers great potential for both research and patient-oriented health care.