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.
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.