Everything we eat originates with plants. At the same time, renewable raw materials are becoming increasingly important as materials and energy sources. The big challenge is to secure the long-term basis for human life against a background of limited resources and a growing world population, while adapting to the demands of a modern society and economy in terms of quality requirements.

Innovative processes are needed to make our use of existing biological resources more sustainable. The bioeconomy can contribute significantly to meeting these challenges. The pillars of the bioeconomy are biotechnology research and the resulting innovations in the field of agriculture, and in the manufacturing sectors and associated services that develop, produce or process biological resources (plants, animals, micro-organisms) or use them in some form.

Plants represent a central pillar of the bioeconomy because they are the basis of all life and, through photosynthesis, provide the materials on which our society is built. We are already dependent on plants not only for our food, but also in areas like the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics industries.

For this reason, the plant-based bioeconomy is a key industry of the 21st century for securing sustainable supplies of food and animal feed and renewable raw materials in the future and overcoming our reliance on fossil fuels. The Leibniz ScienceCampus Halle (WCH) brings together world experts in the fields of plant, agricultural, economic and social sciences to tackle these challenges that society is facing today.

Prof. Ludger Wessjohann
Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), Halle
T +49 345 55 82 1300
Prof. Markus Pietzsch
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
T 0345 55 25949
Dr Anne-Laure Tissier
Leibniz-ScienceCampus Plant-based Bioeconomy
T +49 345 55 22 682