Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME


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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



Applied Ecology / 17.11.2021

Reviewing OECD Test Guidelines: pre-evaluation of the general significance of an update need

An online survey had been conducted in the course of May - July 2021 to collect potential update needs and suggestions. The German Environment Agency contracted Fraunhofer ITEM, Fraunhofer IME and Ramboll for the survey. The joint efforts of all of you led to a total number of over 500 individual suggestions. In order to work towards a prioritization of the update needs, we would like to share the reported suggestions with you asking you for a pre-evaluation of the general significance of an update need.


Dandelion team nominated for Federal President's Award

Dr. Carla Recker (Continental), Prof. Dr. Dirk Prüfer (University of Münster) and Dr. Christian Schulze Gronover (Fraunhofer IME) have been nominated for the Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation 2021 ("Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2021") with their joint project "Sustainable tires from dandelions – Innovations from biology, technology and agriculture". The German Federal President’s Office announced this today at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. Every year, the Federal President presents the Federal President's Award to individuals or teams for outstanding technical, engineering, or scientific innovation.


Insights into research at the branch for Bioresources


Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas, head of the Branch for Bioresources, presents the research area of ​​insect biotechnology, which pursues the goal of developing organisms as biological resources for applications in medicine, crop protection and the food and feed industry.



Reviewing OECD Test Guidelines with the participation of Fraunhofer IME

The Fraunhofer Institutes ITEM and IME and Ramboll were commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency to develop a survey to test the OECD Test Guidelines. OECD Test Guidelines display an important tool to evaluate the impacts of chemicals on the environment.


Federal Minister Klöckner presents funding certificate to Fraunhofer IME

Within the framework of a virtual meeting, Dr. Kwang-Zin Lee accepted the grant for the joint project "HOPE" of around 250,000 euros for the Bioresources Branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME.




Fraunhofer IME: Workshop »Food web on ice«

In a project funded by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and carried out by Fraunhofer IME, an advanced concept is applied to investigate the accumulation of substances in an exemplary freshwater food web.
The general aim is to support the regulatory risk assessment of bioaccumulating chemicals. For this purpose, organisms were sampled from different trophic levels of Lake Templin, a part of the Havel River near Berlin.


Fraunhofer lighthouse project “FutureProteins“

Proteins are vital for life. At the same time, there is a protein shortage in the global food supply. Due to extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change as well as soil and water pollution caused by the use of pesticides and fertilizers, this shortage can increase in the future. One approach to tackle this challenge is to open up novel protein sources as a sustainable alternative for animal source foods suitable for the masses. In the lighthouse project “FutureProteins”, six Fraunhofer institutes develop new cultivation systems, which can produce nutritious proteins from selected plants, insects, fungi and algae.


Fraunhofer IME coordinates EU project “PhotoBoost“

On behalf of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME is coordinating the EU project PhotoBoost. The aim of the project is to boost the photosynthetic performance of crop plants like rice and potatoes by combining both novel and already established  molecular biology strategies.


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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