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  • ProEcoWine – bio-protection for healthy grapes

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / 14.12.2012

    Fungi like downy mildew reduce wine yield and impair wine quality. In conventional as well as organic viticulture grape growers usually apply copper for preventing these fungal diseases. In the ProEcoWine project funded by the EU, on behalf of five companies the Fraunhofer IGB, the University of West Hungary and Laboratoire PHENOBIO develop a novel bio-plant protection product to replace copper fungicides.

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  • VDI Ring of Honor for Dr. Petra Kluger

    Fraunhofer IGB News / 21.11.2012

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    Dr. Petra Kluger was awarded the VDI Ring of Honor for her interdisciplinary research into the development of biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

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    Breakthrough in heart research: The research team from Professor Katja Schenke-Layland of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart has discovered cell surface markers that enable the identification and isolation of living functional cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs). For the first time, therapeutically relevant CPCs can be derived from induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPS) cells. CPCs, which are typically only found in fetal development, can become all of the different cell types of the heart and can integrate into heart muscle tissue after injection.

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  • Wood completely broken down into its component parts

    Press release, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 2.10.2012

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    Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics – with sustainable raw materials. Waste wood, divided into lignin and cellulose, could serve as a raw material. A pilot plant has been set up to handle this division on a larger scale. The pilot plant opened on October 2 as part of the new building constructed for the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna.

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  • Lubricants from vegetable oil

    Press release, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 2.10.2012

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    Oil-independence is the dream of many countries that lack raw materials. Nevertheless, black gold still retains its dominant role as a power source, and also serves as a basic material for the chemical industry. In order to change this, researchers started the “Integrated BioProduction” project. At the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, the pilot plant-scale production of epoxides, made from domestic vegetable oils, begins in October. The intermediate chemical products support the production of lubricants, surfactants and emulsifiers.

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  • Multi-talented enzyme – produced on large-scale

    Press release, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 2.10.2012

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    Enzymes remove spots from our laundry, whiten paper and help with brewing beer. To wit: They facilitate many industrial processes. In many cases, enzymes are obtained from fruits. However, if the harvest is poor, this might lead to shortfalls. Researchers therefore designed a process to produce enzymes microbiologically. A multifunctional facility now opening in Leuna should help with adapting these new processes to an industrial scale.

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  • Using wastewater as fertilizer

    Forschung Kompakt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 20.8.2012

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    Sewage sludge, wastewater and liquid manure are valuable sources of fertilizer for food production. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a chemical-free, eco-friendly process that enables the recovered salts to be converted directly into organic food for crop plants.

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  • Dr. Pranee Inprakhon, lecturer of Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand

    Dr. Pranee Inprakhon, lecturer of Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand, has been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) from the European Union FP7 to work on a project entitled “AquaCat –Tailors made lipases for synthetic catalysis in biphasic media: From poly(lactone) applications towards novel sugars esters” at Project Group BioCat, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Straubing. The project will focus on the development of innovative, greener process using renewable resources for synthesis of products of commercial interest.

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  • Non-slip tracheal implants

    Forschung Kompakt, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft / 2.7.2012

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    When coronary blood vessels are constricted, cardiologists try to prevent a heart attack by widening them with small grid-like implants called stents, which stabilize the veins and arteries, improve the fl ow of blood and prevent vascular obliteration. A lesser known fact is that stents can be used to treat pathological constriction of the windpipe. This kind of respiratory stenosis, which may be caused by tumors, chronic infections or congenital deformities, can be life-threatening. The metal or plastic stents are designed to enlarge the trachea and prevent it from closing up altogether.

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  • Poster award for Silke Palzer

    Fraunhofer IGB News / 11.6.2012

    At the 18th Conference of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology ISHAM from June 11-15, 2012 in Berlin, Silke Palzer from the Fraunhofer IGB’s Molecular Biotechnology Department received one of ten prizes awarded with 300 euros for her poster “An expanded genetic code in C. albicans to study molecular interactions in vivo”.

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