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BMBF - National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030


Initiator: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Funding programmes: BMBF - Global Food Security, BMBF - SME-innovative: Biotechnology - BioChance, ERA-Net Industrial Biotechnology, BMBF - PLANT KBBE - transnational research in the context of plant genome research, BMBF - Soil as a Sustainable Resource for the Bioeconomy, BMBF - alternative methods to animal testing, BMBF - Innovative Plant Breeding within the Cultivation System, BMBF - Bioeconomy international, BMBF - ANIHWA ERA-NET – Animal Health and Welfare, BMBF - Ideas competition 'New Products for the bio-economy', BMBF - Plant Breeding Research for Bioeconomy, BMBF - Biomass energy use, BMBF - Agricultural systems of the future, BMBF - Soil as a Sustainable Resource for the Bioeconomy – BonaRes

The National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030 is a component of the High-Tech Strategy of the Federal Government and provides vital impetus for the demand areas energy/climate and health/ nutrition, among others. With the National Research Strategy BioEcon-omy 2030, the Federal Government is establishing the conditions for the vision of a sustainable bio-based economy by 2030. This carries the promise of global food supplies that are both sufficient and healthy, and of high quality products from renew-able raw materials.

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Field of research:

Global food security

Sub-fields of research:

Breeding of agricultural crops, among others using modern methods of plant biotechnology

Requirements and problems of developing countries

Suitable phenotyping technologies based on scientific concepts for the investigation of environmental influences on plant traits

Sustainable gains in efficiency and productivity, especially reduction of post-harvest losses

Breeding of healthy, adaptable and high-performance animals. Here, feed efficiency, stress tolerance, as well as reduced greenhouse gas- and air pollutant emissions must also be taken into consid-eration

Development of regionally adapted climate prediction models, as well as investigations into the interaction between the climate and biosphere

Agricultural biodiversity in agricultural organisms and close wild relatives

Field of research:

Sustainable agricultural production

Sub-fields of research:

Social-, economic-, policy- and planning research to strengthen institutions in rural areas

Protection of climate, nature, soil, water, air and important nutrients

Sustainable land management

Organic and environmentally friendly farming

Optimisation of the sustainability effects of agricultural produc-tion systems, and the efficient use of resources on national and international scales

M ethods for the quantification of biological diversity with regard to related ecosystem services, and towards the development of future-oriented biodiversity management on a national and internation-al level

Integration of agricultural crops with novel characteristics and cultivation techniques

Integrated pest management techniques

Agricultural technology along the entire agricultural value chain

Biological safety research and co-existence research

Breeding, feeding, housing, and into the health of livestock (including bees) and fish

Sustainable soil usage

Field of research:

Healthy and safe food

Sub-fields of research:

Development of health-promoting foods

Inter-relationships between environmental conditions and production techniques in animals and plants

Gentle and conserving methods for organic and conventional food processing

Development of appropriate measures for prevention, control and treatment, among other things through studies into causes, spread and disease processes

Analytics, and monitoring- and prevention measures, including quality and risk management systems

Development of sustainable and quality-retaining food technologies

Technical and organisational innovations for the optimisation of processes along the food production chain

Certification systems for social and ecological standards

Field of research:

Industrial use of renewable resources

Sub-fields of research:

Plant raw materials, in particular those not used as animal/human nutrition, can already be optimised in development, e.g. through plant selection, cultivation and breeding

Use of biomass from different sources in zero-waste biorefineries

Identifying new bioactive substances as basic chemicals and as end- or precursors products, e.g. for pharmaceuticals, food additives, detergents and cleaning agents, tex-tiles, cosmetics

Contribution made by energetic- and material utilisation of renewable raw materials in efforts to reduce CO2

Field of research:

Biomass-based energy sources

Sub-fields of research:

Improvements in the breeding, cultivation, harvesting and processing of plant biomass (including algae), above all those not used in animal/human nutrition

Efficient conversion processes for biomass, including the identification, analysis and development of systems for the coupling of these procedures

Optimasation of the process chain, including cultivation, processing, and process and manufacturing technologies with regard to efficiency and sustainability criteria

Establishment of sustainability standards and certification sys-tems, as well as concepts for the parallel development of markets for food and feeds, and for biomass for energy and material use

Demonstration of the technical and economic feasibility of bioenergy plants

Energetic use of agricultural and forestry residues and waste materials

Innovative concepts for the efficient and environmentally compatible supply of renewable raw materials for different plant sizes and conversion procedures

Technologies suited to storage, and to approaches for compensation of fluctuations in bioenergy power feeds, as well as to the optimisation of applied heat-power cogeneration concepts

Development of market-viable processes for increasing resource efficiency, and for further reducing negative environmental effects and greenhouse gas emissions

Field of research:

Cross-cutting activities of the bioeconomy

Sub-fields of research:

Socio-economic and systemic accompanying research

Discipline- and institution-spanning cooperation

Integration of project- and institutional funding

Interdisciplinary priority areas that include multidisciplinary qualifications for young scientists

Promotion of young scientists

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