Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME


Aachen | Münster

Molecular Biotechnology




Fraunhofer IME

Research from molecule to ecosystem

The core competencies of the Fraunhofer IME are structured in two divisions, "Molecular Biotechnology" and "Applied Ecology", on four locations. In Aachen and Münster, we establish demand-optimized plants, animal cells and microorganisms for various industrial applications. At the institute branch "Bioresources" in Giessen, which belongs to the "Molecular Biotechnology" division, a worldwide unique center for the exploitation of bioresources is being established. The division "Applied Ecology" in Schmallenberg concerns iteself with risk evalutation of synthetic and biogenic substances for both environment and consumers. 



Applied Ecology




"Aspirant" is followed by "Perspective"

The successor project to "Aspirant" - "Perspective" - started at the beginning of February. The research and development project made it through the second phase of the initiative "Tailor-made biobased ingredients for a competitive bioeconomy" of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Based on the success of the first phase "Aspirant", in "Perspective" the network is intensifying its focus on the production and application of triterpenes.


Reviewing OECD Test Guidelines

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) had commissioned the two Fraunhofer Institutes IME and ITEM as well as Ramboll GmbH to conduct a survey to review the OECD test guidelines. With the help of international expert groups, test guidelines were identified that currently do not correspond to the current state of science and technology. Only the OECD TGs used to assess environmental impacts were considered. After completing the surveys, the results were discussed in three thematic workshops. Recommendations for the revision of the OECD TGs were developed and prioritized, which were finally presented to the members of the Working Party of National Coordinators for the OECD Test Guidelines Program (WNT).  

Read the report


Fraunhofer IME at Setac 2023

The 33rd Setac Europe Annual Meeting will take place from April 30 to May 4, 2023 in Dublin, Ireland.

Also this year, scientists from Fraunhofer IME will participate and present their research results from the scientific networks in numerous talks and posters.

We publish the abstracts, posters and presentations for you.


InVaKas - registration open!

The one week "InVaKaS - Innovation potential for valorized cascade use of by-products from juice production ” workshop with experts from Brazil and Germany, intends to map the value chain and to develop new research ideas for valorization and cascade use contributing to the sustainability transition of value chains. The workshop takes place from 20.3. to 26.3.2023 in Bahia, Brazil and aims to engage various stakeholders along the value chain to elaborate new project ideas.
Tuesday, 21.03.2023 will be organized as a hybrid event and welcomes every person interested in this topic. The workshop language will be English.


iMulch-Projekt investigated fate and impact of plastics in soils

Read the press release of the project consortium on the successful conclusion

The iMulch Leitmarkt.NRW project was successfully completed with the participation of the Fraunhofer IME in Schmallenberg. In the study, Dr Dieter Hennecke and his team investigated the fate of microplastics from various agricultural mulch films in arable soils.





Caterpillars as a replacement for mammalian models in preclinical research


Hot off the press - Nature Communications

A team around Anton G. Windfelder, scientist at Fraunhofer IME and University of Giessen, Germany, are reporting the alternative use of tobacco hornworm larvae to study chronic inflammatory bowel diseases. Together with national and international cooperation partners from Düsseldorf, Germany, and New York, USA, the scientists developed an innovative and unique imaging platform using medical imaging modalities.


On your marks, get set, go!


Together with five other Fraunhofer teams, Fraunhofer IME is breaking new ground. Today, on 6.10.2022, our crowdfunding campaign -2detect! starts.
Now we have 55 days to convince as many people as possible of our idea and to reach our funding goal. The decision is made by the crowd.
The Fraunhofer Future Foundation supports this commitment with co-funding. Our project idea: 2detect Covid or Flu? - With a 2in1 test reliable and fast to the right treatment!
Every contribution helps to make 2detect a reality!


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Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Divison Molecular Biotechnology

Forckenbeckstrasse 6
52074 Aachen
Phone +49 241 6085-0


Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Division Applied Ecology

Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone +49 2972 302-0


Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Branch Lab for Plant Biopolymers

Schlossplatz 8
48143 Münster
Phone +49 251 8322-323


Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Branch for Bioresources

Winchesterstrasse 2
235394 Gießen
Phone +49 641 9939-500