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  • Fraunhofer IME: Workshop »Food web on ice«

    Applied Ecology  / March 29, 2021

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Fraunhofer IME coordinates EU project “PhotoBoost“

    Molecular Biology / February 18, 2021

    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 C3 plants like rice and potatoes by combining both novel and already established molecular biology strategies.

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  • Within the Fraunhofer High Performance Center “International Center for Networked, Adapted Production” (ICNAP), the three Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT, Laster Technology ILT, and Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME along with RWTH Aachen University and industry partners jointly develop and validate production systems for Indus-trie 4.0. The Fraunhofer IME sets its focus on the manufacturing of recombi-nant proteins by means of big data analytics.

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  • Improving target assessment for drug development

    Translational Medicine / November 16, 2020

    © Fraunhofer IME | Christoph Emmerich

    Scientists at Fraunhofer IME published “Guidelines on Target Assessment for Innovative Therapeutics” developed in the BMBF-funded GOT-IT project, which should facilitate more efficient translational research at universities and promote the transition to industry.

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  • Fraunhofer IME develops indoor vertical farming system for plants

    Molecular Biology  / September 21, 2020

    Continuous, pesticide-free and sustainable farming of plant-based food inside buildings? Within the project “OrbiPlant®”, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecu-lar Biology and Applied Ecology IME has developed an innovative, automated plant farming system to make this possible.

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  • Fraunhofer relies on Automation Technologies in Medical Research

    Translational Medicine / September 01, 2020

    © Fraunhofer IME | Bernd Müller

    As a pioneer in applied research, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft brings together the expertise of 23 separate Fraunhofer facilities to develop new development and production technologies for innovative cell and gene therapeutics, as well as vaccines, in the “Production for Intelligent Medicine” innovation cluster. As a first step of the project, a concept for a modular pilot plant for the auto-matic production of these therapeutics is to be developed combining both In-dustry 4.0 and Health 4.0.

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  • © Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation (FBRI)

    As part of their long-term co-operation the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation at Kobe (FBRI), the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME at Hamburg (Fraunhofer IME) and a Japanese pharmaceutical company have concluded a Joint Research Agreement on Drug Discovery for Dementia.

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  • Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME together with the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen analysed the venom of wasp spiders and discovered a subset of novel biomolecules. Their results have recently been published in "Biomolecules".

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