Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

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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Annual report 2015

Read about our highlights 2015

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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: Newark, USA / Santiago, Chile

Research from molecule to ecosystem

 

Welcome at 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 reseach and development portfolio is focussed 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:

 

Environmental Monitoring: IME publication appreciated in EU Newsletter

Mercury levels in bream (Abramis brama) collected from six European (EU) sampling sites from 2007 to 2013 exceeded the Water Framework Directive’s safety limit for fish in all but one site in 2012, a new study discovers. The findings presented in the Fraunhofer IME publication “Retrospective monitoring of mercury in fish from selected European freshwater and estuary sites“ suggest greater efforts need to be made to prevent or reduce mercury pollution. (Science for Environment Policy, European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by SCU; Newsletter Issue 456, 27 May 2016)

Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Nantes

The SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Europe 26th Annual Meeting was held in Nantes (France) from 22-26 May 2016 hosting scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME contributed to the meeting with 30 oral presentations and posters (main authors from Fraunhofer IME are marked red in the overview).

21.4.2016

”Pharmadialog”: German Federal Government think-tank presents its results

Ensuring Germany’s position as a place of excellent pioneering research where high-quality drugs are developed and produced - this is the overarching goal of the think-tank. Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe, Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka, and State Secretary Rainer Sontowski, Ministry of Economy and Labour, have presented the results of the ”Pharmadialog” in Berlin, together with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, the scientific research community, and the trade union IG BCE. Professor Rainer Fischer, Senior Executive Director of the Fraunhofer IME, is an active advisory member of the federal think-tank, and helped to shape the current action plan. The aim is to ensure that patients always have quick access to high-quality and affordable medicines, especially with regard to the development of new antibiotics. Read the press release of the German Federal Government (available in German only).

31.3.2016

Screening technology: Readers Choice Award for scientific publication

With the ”2016 JBS Readers Choice Award” of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, a team involving researchers of the HelmholtzZentrum München (HMGU) has now received a prestigious award for a scientific publication. Amongst the authors is Dr. Sheraz Gul of the Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort. The award honors the most popular article among the readership of the ”Journal of Biomolecular Screening” (JBS). The underlying manuscript with the title ”Identification of Small-Molecule Frequent Hitters from AlphaScreen High-Throughput Screens” was published in the JBS in 2014 and is a result of collaboration between the HMGU, the University of Cologne, the European ScreeningPort (now Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort) and others.

23.3.2016

Launch of first European Stem Cell Bank

»Induced pluripotent stem cells«, called iPSCs, have an enormous potential for research, regenerative medicine, and development of new therapeutic agents. Now, the first European Bank for induced pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC), a public-private partnership project supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative, has announced the public launch of its online catalog. Fraunhofer IME supports the rigorous quality control efforts and has teamed up with pharmaceutical companies, small & medium-sized enterprises and academic institutions to deliver a robust and reliable supply chain for iPS cell lines.

25.2.2016

Awards ceremony »Jugend forscht« in Hamburg – IME and HSV as co-sponsors

»Jugend forscht« is Germany’s best-known mathematics and science competition for schoolchildren over ten years and teenagers. With dedication and curiosity, 97 young researchers have brought their ideas to life and presented the results of their projects in the regional competition of Hamburg Volkspark, a first round for the nation-wide contest. The result of the regional competition are 50 projects from the areas of professional life, biology, chemistry, geo and space sciences, mathematics/informatics, physics and technology. Now, the young researchers received their awards. The first-placed winners hope to qualify for the national competition. – Together with the Hamburger Sportverein (HSV), Hamburg based Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort acted as host for the young participants.

16.2.2016

Research on the carrier of the Zika virus at LOEWE Center for Insect Biotechnology

Professor Andreas Vilcinskas, head of the IME project group "Bioresources and Biotechnology" is coordinator and spokesman of Giessen LOEWE-Centre for Insect Biotechnology since 2014. He and his team are also working on a carrier of the ZIKA virus, the yellow fever mosquito Aedes. The Hessenschau shows an interview with Professor Vilcinskas on the status quo of insect research at ZIB, sponsored by the Land Hessen LOEWE initiative.

11.1.2016

Technology transfer: Cooperation with SMEs – innovative cell-free screening platform

Antimicrobial proteins are used in medications, food packaging and cosmetics, for example. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and together with the LightFab GmbH, IME will develop a novel screening system. The aim is to discover more active and more effective protein molecules for such applications. The platform will operate free of cells, so that cell-toxic molecules can also be tested. Plus: The new high-throughput system enables an even more effective testing of more proteins. This can increase the hit rate and allows a more cost-effective screening. - The BMBF’s funding measure »KMU-innovativ« strives to strengthen the cooperation of small and medium businesses (SMEs) with academic partners and to promote technology transfer.