Business Fields Applied Ecology

Research and development for our clients

With its Applied Ecology division located at Schmallenberg the Fraunhofer IME is the Fraunhofer Institute explicitly dedicated to ecological issues and thematically routed in agricultural production.

The overall aim of the division is to determine, assess and finally minimize the risk of synthetic and natural substances for ecosystems, and for humans via contamination of food, feed and consumer products.

Our activities focus on the characterization and assessment of the environmental friendliness of substances and products, such as plant protection products, biocides, human and veterinary medicinal products, industrial chemicals (REACH) and, e.g., nanomaterials. Based on our chemical-analytical competence, our activities also include project work aiming to ensure food safety and quality.

We carry out a large part of our contract research projects for clients from industry and medium sized enterprises. With projects performed for governmental agencies, consultancy services and expert memberships in regulatory boards the institute also takes considerable influence on environmental policy.

The research, development and service activities of the Applied Ecology Division in Schmallenberg are pooled in five business areas address clients from manufacturers of plant protection products, the chemical industry (including manufacturers of biocides and pharmaceutical products), food and feed manufacturing and processing industries, and governmental agencies.

The individual projects are carried out in interdisciplinary cooperation of our specialists from the different departments structured according to our core competencies.

Applied Ecology Newsletter - November 2018

© Fraunhofer IME | Photo: MEV-Verlag

In addition to our Annual Report this first issue of the Applied Ecology Newsletter presents interesting topics of our ongoing research. In each issue we also introduce one scientific employee to "give our institute a face".

This time headline:
FROM FEED TO EGG
Better estimation of overall burdens of humans, animals and the environmment by perfluoroalkyland polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

 

Applied Ecology NEWS NOV 2018

Workshop »Bioaccumulation of manufactured nanomaterials in freshwater bivalves«

23 October, Dessau-Rosslau, Germany

© Fraunhofer IME

The objectives of the workshop is to identify the capability of the new developed test system for the environmental assessment of manufactured nanomaterials and the indication of potential necessary adjustments by taking into account the experience of scientists, regulators and international authorities.

Please find here the flyer.

 

 

Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Rome

Rome, 13 - 17 May 2018

The SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting “Responible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality” was held in Rome (Italy) from 13-17 May 2018 and hosted scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME were contributing to the meeting with over 30 oral presentations and posters.

Please find here selected presentrations.

Applied Ecology Newsletter - November 2017

In addition to our Annual Report this issue of the Applied Ecology Newsletter presents interesting topics of our ongoing research. In each issue we also introduce one scientific employee to "give our institute a face".

 

This time headline:
SMALL RUNNING WATER IDENTIFIES EFFECTS OF PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS
New test system to detect chronic effects of pesticides on organisms living in running waters

Applied Ecology NEWS NOV 2017

 

See also

Flyer Chronic Testing of Lotic Invertebrates