According to UNO estimations, the world population is going to increase significantly from at present 7 billion to more than9 billion people by 2050. Simultaneously, the available agricultural area and grassland will decrease rapidly due to climate changes and soil degradation and fossil fuels will be exhausted in the foreseeable future. For these reasons, humankind will be confronted with great challenges and has to change its dealing with natural resources. Existing biological resources must be used by innovative processes more sustainably than before. Bioeconomy can significantly contribute to meeting these challenges. The basics of bioeconomy are the biotechnological research and the resulting innovations in the agricultural economy and the manufacturing sectors and all related services, which develop, produce and process or otherwise use the biological resources (plants, animals, microorganisms).
Plants are the central column of the bioeconomy, as they are the basis of all life. Photosynthesis provides the material basis on which our society is built on. Even today, we do not only depend on plants for our food and nourishment, but plants also provide the raw material for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and are used as fuel.
The plant-based bioeconomy is one of the key industries of the 21st Century to secure the future provision of food, feed and renewable resources and to overcome the dependence on fossil fuels. The ScienceCampus Halle - plant-based bioeconomy (WCH) unites leading experts in the field of plant science, agricultural, economic and social sciences in order to meet these social challenges of our time.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Pillen´s statement on the use of genetic diversity, plant genome sequences and plant breeding for the bioeconomy was posted on November 19, 2021 on the Bioeconomy Science Year website.
- The genetic diversity of wild plants contributes to make our crops fit for climate change.
- The understanding of plant genomes supports the discovery of new genes to strengthen the plant defenses against environmental stresses.
- Plant breeding uses genetic diversity and genome sequences to select climate-adapted plant varieties for the bioeconomy of the future.
CliMetabolomics is a Franco-German Research Workshop that aims to better understand the plasticity of plants and to develop sustainable plants adapted to climate change.
CliMetabolomics lasts two weeks in France (20th-24th June 2022) and in Germany (20th-23th September 2022). It consists of seminars, discussions and many practical courses. It is open to PhD students, post-docs and scientists who conduct research on plant metabolomics and who are interested in sustainability in the context of climate change.
Representatives from business, science, civil society and politics show how the bioeconomy faces global issues of the future. The ScienceCampus wrote the chapter "Plant-Based Bioeconomy" that deals with innovations, future visions and conflicting goals.
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