Feed the world with bioeconomy?
ScienceCampus Halle presents research from Martin Luther University at International Green Week in Berlin
The annual International Green Week took place in Berlin from January 17th to 26th, 2020. The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) presented itself in the Saxony-Anhalt Halle at the joint science stand with the Competence Cluster for Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health (NutriCARD) and the ScienceCampus Halle - Plant-Based Bioeconomy (WCH).
The main focus of the general discussions at the Green Week this year was particularly the challenges of climate change for the agriculture and food industry as well as solutions for sustainable, resource-saving and environmentally friendly production processes. The WCH was able to give an important impulse by presenting the increase in biodiversity in the field as a partial solution. Using modern breeding methods, the variety of crops can be increased by crossing original ancestors of our crops. By crossing a variety of cultivated barley with 25 diverse wild barley at the MLU, particularly tolerant barley lines (HEB-25) were developed, which are characterized by high yield stability with abiotic stress factors such as drought and heat.
Accordingly, various types of barley ears, including a black one, could be examined by the numerous interested people. And of course there was also a tasting at the food fair. The red colored shortcut pastry cookies from the ScienceCampus Halle were baked from wheat containing anthocyanin, the so-called purple wheat. An old grain that naturally contains the red plant pigment anthocyanin, which is considered to be health-promoting.
In total, the IGW had every year around 1,750 exhibitors from 61 countries and 400,000 trade fair and congress visitors from 75 countries.