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Insect Biotechnology

Insects represent the group of organisms with the highest biodiversity. The development of this diversity conincides with the aquirement of a huge arsenal of molecules securing their nutrition and enabling their defence against diseases. Using insects as resources for new molecules to be applied in medicine, in plant protection or industrial biotechnology is the core objective of insect biotechnology.

The key to success is a result of knowledge-based search: knowledge on evolution and ecology of insects helps focusing research on species, which are resistant against microbes or which can survive in remarkable niches.

Insect Biotechnology will be further developed within the framework of a LOEWE research center funded by the State of Hessen and in cooperation with Fraunhofer and industry partners for the first time in Germany.