Bioresources for the Bioeconomy

We use groups of organisms with great biodiversity as bioresources, including insects, bacteria and fungi. We combine innovative technologies and established platforms to isolate and characterize natural substances, and to evaluate their potential for use in medicine, plant protection and industrial biotechnology. In this way, novel molecules are identified to develop as antibiotics or ingredients for the food and feed industry, such as flavoring agents, preservatives and enzymes, leading to novel applications and value chains. The Fraunhofer Evotec Natural Products Excellence Center for Infectious Diseases (FENPEC ID) with the world's largest industrial Sanofi strain collection of microorganisms is also available for projects with other industrial partners from non-competing fields of application.


Insect Biotechnology

The development and application of insect biotechnology allows us to use insects, insectderived molecules, cells or organs, and insect-associated microbes as products or systems for diverse applications in medicine, industrial biotechnology, and the food and feed industry. We also exploit insect cells as protein expression systems and insect antennae as biosensors for drugs and explosives. Furthermore, we develop insect models for toxicology studies and use biotechnology to control pest and vector insects, for example RNA interference and the sterile insect technique. We also use insects for the conversion of organic waste into proteins and fats for the food and feed industry.



Insect biotechnology

Development of active ingredients and enzymes from insects for industrial biotechnology

Identification, characterization and production of recombinant bioactive molecules for medicine, animal breeding and crop protection

Identification of novel insect genes to mediate pest resistance in crop plants

Development of new strategies to reduce pest and vector insects with minimal environmental impact

Comparative proteome and transcriptome analysis in insects

Use of insects as whole-animal high-throughput systems for the assessment of chemicals and the analysis of food and animal feed