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Plants as a basis of food, renewable materials and energy

Putting production processes, energy supply and food production on a sustainable basis: this is the aim of bioeconomy

Sustainable Plant Production

The Institute of Bio- and GeoSciences(IBG-2: Plant Scsiences9 works on sustainable plant production in the research topics

  • Dynamics and control of plant growth (leaf and root) and regulation of plant metabolism
  • Dynamics and control of plant-internal transport (water, carbohydrates, nutrients, signal compounds)
  • Dynamics of and within ecosystems and exchange of energy and substances between plants, soil and atmosphere (photosynthesis, root processes, biotic interactions, mechanisms of functional biodiversity, trace substances
  • Enabling Technologies - novel procedures for quantifying plant performance in dynamically changing environments


From Molecules to Satellites

These competences are used for analyses of the underlying mechanisms of phenotypes. They support the sustainable production of biomass at high amount and (specific) quality, thereby improving the use of plants

  • as edibles and animal feed,
  • as renewable resources,
  • for bio-energy and
  • as reusable materials.

Research activities are scaled from optimising molecular key elements (e.g. pigments for photosynthesis) over tissues and whole plants to the remote sensing (including air-borne units and satellites) of plant properties.

Bioeconomy Science Center

The expertise in plant sciences at IBG-2 is connected in networks of agricultural research, microbial biotechnology, engineering and information science.

The Bioeconomy Science Center, a cooperation between the Forschungszentrum Jülich and institues in Aachen, Düsseldorf and Bonn will contribute to a sustainable plant use (bioeconomy). The scientific and strategic activities of the institute are embedded in European and world-wide networks.

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Bioeconomy Science Center

Bioeconomy Science Centre

The Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC)

is a scientific center of

  • competence that will conduct research for a sustainable bioeconomy using an integrative overall concept and
  • is recently founded by RWTH Aachen University, the universities of Bonn and Düsseldorf, and the Forschungszentrum Jülich (IBG-2: Plant Sciences) based on a joint strategy involving numerous pre-existing scientific networks and collaborations and
  • integrates all relevant scientific disciplines for a sustainable supply of biomass and bio-based products and processes within the value network bioeconomy!

Bioeconomy Science Center