Welcome to the ZIM – Innovation Network „Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products“
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The international ZIM-Cooperation Network “Microalgae – a sustainable source of high quality natural products” is focused on biotechnical and industrial usage of microalgae for producing high-grade natural substances in different fields such as chemistry, pharmacy and food. In addition, innovative economically usable products and processes will be created in the areas of technological development (e.g. new production systems, degree of automation, contamination, gas management, quality monitoring systems) and
embedding of microalgae systems in industrial circulation systems (recovery of recyclable materials, waste water, aquaponics, air purification).
In this context, innovative economically usable products and processes are developed in close cooperation between companies and research partners. The further development and expansion of cooperation between German, Australian and Swiss partners is of special importance.
Agrar Burgscheidungen eG
Location: Laucha an der Unstrut
Established since: 1991
Agrar Burgscheidungen eG is a fruit farm with about 1,800 ha of arable land and about 300 ha of cultivated grassland. Furthermore, it currently cultivates about 22 ha of vineyards. Although the main crop is winter wheat, they also regularly harvest barley, rapeseed, sunflowers, rye, oat, sugar beet, maize, peas and, since this year, hemp.
K T S Alge GmbH, a subsidiary of Agrar Burgscheidungen will focus on the integration of microalgae cultivation in agriculture in order to counteract a myriad of increasing challenges (e.g. climate change, political decisions, market situation, shortage of skilled workers, etc.).
Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie GmbH & Co. KG
Location: Neustadt Glewe
Established since: 2017
Dr. Eberhard Bioenergie deals with the production of microalgaes for the food industry. Extraordinary is its innovative, open system for producing end products with high quality.
EvU – Innovative Umwelttechnik GmbH
Established since: 2004
EvU (Development of Environmental Technology) is an established company that develops and offers modern and environmentally friendly technologies for the industrial and municipal waste water sector. The company plans and implements biological wastewater treatment solutions. The company combines the highest cleaning performance with modern, environmentally friendly technology.
Füllner & Partner GmbH
Location: Stahnsdorf b. Berlin
Established since: 1992
Füllner und Partner GmbH is specialized on the extensive planning, software and hardware development, 3D construction, production of mechatronic components, LED luminaires and luminaire systems.
LABOKLIN GmbH & Co. KG
Location: Bad Kissingen
Established since: 1989
LABOKLIN is a private accredited laboratory with great experiences in the fields of pathology, microbiology and molecular biology.
Established since: 2015
Microganic GmbH sells and produces microalgae and their ingredients for the food industry, the medical field and cosmetics. Their interdisciplinary, internationally trained team combines years of experience in algae production, sales and business administration.
MINT Engineering GmbH
Established since: 2016
MINT is an innovative supplier for photobioreactors for microalgaes with special know-how in biology, engineering technologies, quality management and process control.
TERRA URBANA Umlandentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Established since: 1993
TERRA URBANA is a nationally and internationally acting business, that is focused on environmental planning and environmental technologies.
Associated partners - Science
Research areas: microalgae cultivation; integrated multitrophic aquaculture; process and installation engineering; ecologically, economically and socially sustainable microalgae production.
Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg
Research area: phototrophic biotechnology, especially the cultivation and extraction of valuable substances from microalgae.
Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Medizin- , Bio und Umwelttechnologien e.V.
Location: Halle (Saale)
Research areas: phototrophic processes for optimal biomass- and product building; analytics for algae ingredients; reactor systems on a scale 500 ml – 30 l; experimental platform for the evaluation of lightening, pH value, supply of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
Research areas: biotechnological production of valuable and active substances (carotenoids, sulfolipids, fatty acids, proteins, amino acids, pharmaceutical substances) from algae and the fermentation of complex biomass substrates (biogenic waste materials, renewable raw materials).
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Lakatos, the University of Kaiserslautern is working on systems for building-integrated systems and is currently researching in the field of systems for the production of terrestrial microlayers. They pursue the bundling of competencies along the value chain for the production of innovative active ingredients and novel hybrid materials.
The main research areas of the University of Neubrandenburg are health and nutrition as well as sustainable structural change and conversion of rural regions. Prof. Dr. Michael Sandmann, Professor of „Food Bioprocess Engineering“ at the Department of Agriculture and Food Sciences, is focusing on the field of food bioprocess engineering.
Martin – Luther Universität Halle
Location: Halle (Saale)
Research areas: chemical and biological screening of actinomycetes and cyanobacteria strains, stock culture, isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active natural products.
Research areas: biochemistry; genetics and biotechnology of photosynthetic microorganism with the focus on the interaction between different metabolic pathways in photosynthetic cyanobacteria and green algae.
Technische Hochschule Wildau
Location: Wildau b. Berlin
Research areas: molecular biotechnology and functional genomics with focus on screening, development of robotics, lightening and Software; strain maintenance and culturing of microalgae and the analysis of carotene, unsaturated fatty acids and other ingredients; production of algae for the production of renewable resource and as a source of food for zooplankton.
The Algae Biotechnology & Bioenergy Research Group at Bielefeld University was founded in 2009 and is part of the Faculty of Biology and of the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec). The working group of Prof. Kruse investigates the potential of microalgae for the utilization of light energy and CO2 for the biotechnological production of valuable compounds in fundamental and applied research projects. Targets in the focus of our current research include hydrocarbons, carbohydrates, lipids, recombinant proteins and other bioactive molecules.
Research areas: identification and application of secondary plant substances, identification and characterization of proteins due to Proteomresearch, Proteinprofiling or mapping, valuing changes in the structure of proteins.
Zentrum für Ernährung und Lebensmitteltechnologie gGmbH
Research areas: The Centre for Nutrition and Food Technology – ZELT has been cooperating with research and the food industry since 1997. Product and process development for food companies is flanked by sensory, microbiological, chemical and physical analyses.
Associated partners - Industry
Established since: 2018
Phytolinc is a spin-off of the University of Cologne that has developed an innovative production process for microalgae. A membrane is used to produce terrestrial microalgae with high growth rates and new algae species that have not yet been cultivated industrially. Since this system can be connected to aquaculture, the young company is also involved in aquaculture and aquaponics.
Roquette Klötze GmbH & Co. KG
Established since: 1995
Since 2000, algae (e.g. Chlorella vulgaris) have been cultivated in Klötze. Roquette Klötze is a pioneer in the field of microalgae with its patented cultivation method in a 500 km long glass tube system. The entire cultivation from the starter culture to the finished product is controlled by the in-house laboratory and is certified according to the international standards GMP, HACCP, ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO 50001 and HALAL.
Whapow Deutschland GmbH
Established since: 2017
The Startup Whapow has expertise, experience and motivation in the food sector. The fresh products with algae developed and produced by Whapow are produced in a climate-friendly and environmentally friendly way and are produced and traded fairly. Whapow is of the opinion: Microalgae can solve macro problems!
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
Established since: 2018
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH develops, produces and distributes innovative, distinctive beer specialities. The brewery has been increasingly working with the recycling of residual materials (brewers grain) for a long time and is therefore open to new and unconventional ways in terms of the circular economy.
IMB Centre for Solar Biotechnology – The University of Queensland
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Development of new solar powered technologies and industries based on photosynthetic green algae; Strain purification, cryopreservation, nutrient and light optimisation, metabolomics and metabolic engineering, high-value product development and screening, photobioreactor and raceway system design, technoeconomic analysis, scale-up.
Climate Change Cluster – University of Technology Sydney
Location: Sydney, Australia
Research-based solutions focusing on the development of new algal biosystems with the following applications: Commercial-scale microalgal biomass cultivation methods in bioreactors; Efficient algal biomass harvesting and processing methods; Biotech-ready, genetically engineered, elite microalgal strains; Algae-based biodegradable plastics; Development and biomanufacturing of therapeutics from algae using GMP-lite facility; Bioremediation systems for wastewater and solid waste treatment.
Plant Biotechnology Laboratory – Hanyang University
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Research-based solutions focusing on the development of versatile microalgal strains using microalgae transformation technique and molecular genetics; Identification of low temperature adaptation mechanism of polar microalgae, especially characterization and application of antifreeze proteins. As efforts to produce high valued biochemicals such as biodiesel and carotenoids, scientists are developing high light conversion efficiency, high speed CO2 capturing microalgae.
Hochschule für Life Sciences FHNW
Location: Muttenz, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Riedl from the Institute for Chemistry and Bioanalytics in Muttenz is head of the working group „process engineering and technology“ and will work in the network especially on the topic „technological development“ for an increase of economic efficiency and scalability of microlayer production.
AlgaEnviro Pty Ltd
Location: Nambour, Australia
Dr. Simon Tannock, CEO of AlgaEnviro, offers a natural method to keep waters healthy and control existing dangerous algal blooms. The Australian company uses special algae species, which are added to the water by a special process in order to be effective there.
DSI Technology Pty Ltd
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Software solutions for production control in the agricultural and food sector; Process monitoring in the breeding, production and extraction of high-quality active ingredients
Our international activities
"World Algae Day" 2020
International Circular Bioeconomy Cluster Meeting - 18. September 2020
We are moving: new address and phone number as of April 23
The network enters phase II
New guidelines for the Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM)
Circular Bioeconomy Cluster Meeting & Workshop – 18.-19. November 2019
4th Australian-German Science and Innovation Day 2019 - 9. October 2019
12th Federal Algae Meeting 2019 - 11.-12. September 2019
New algae species discovered in Lake Halbendorf near Weißwasser
Symposium "Saxony-Anhalt - Center of Algae Biotechnology in the Metropolitan Region" - 14. May 2019
Fucoxanthine-rich microalgae for agesensitive feeding of small animals
1. July 2020
UP Transfer GmbH an der Universität Potsdam | BioActive Food GmbH | Laboklin Labor für klinische Diagnostik GmbH & Co. KG | Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Brief description of the project
The aim of this project is to study how the dosage parameters of the marine xanthophyll, fucoxanthin, influences its bioavailability. Secondly, its protective effects on the metabolism in pets will also be investigated. In addressing these research questions, both a product innovation (development of small animal snacks) and a technological innovation can be achieved. To the latter, the project will focus on optimizing the culture/processing conditions of microalgae in order to produce and make available the fucoxanthin-rich starting materials.
Quick test system for standardized quality assessment of refined soya products
1. July 2020
Proteome Factory AG | Gesellschaft zur Förderung von Medizin-, Bio- und Umwelttechnologien e. V.
Brief description of the project
The planned project will develop a novel rapid-test system to provide a representative, fast and reliable method of examining the quality of processed soy products and other agricultural protein sources (e.g. legume). This will give small and medium-sized soy farmers the opportunity to establish an independent quality management system for the production of marketable soy-based goods. In summary, the planned concept will enable regional farmers to produce economically competitive products for the food and feed industry and to sell them independent of large companies.
Hand-held device for honey analysis
Project start1. April 2020
PartnersFüllner & Partner GmbH | Fraunhofer IKTS | IfU GmbH
Brief description of the projectIn Germany honey is produced by about 140,000 hobby and 500 professional beekeepers. About 500 beekeepers produce more than 40,000 kg honey per year. The type of honey can change several times a year due to the sources from which the bees obtain the honey. Nowadays there is a great interest in quality honey production (sources of honey), which significantly influence the price of the product. The analysis for essential parameters of honey (type of pollen, pH, conductivity, etc.) is done in laboratories, which is very expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, a hand-held device is to be developed which is able to display the essential parameters of honey on the basis of the measurement of colour in reflection and transmission, pores, pollen size and shape, conductivity and pH-value. Due to the added value of the product to be achieved by the concrete quality specification, such a device is profitable for more than 500 beekeepers in Germany.
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