LOEWE Focus Group Insect Biotechnology
Duration as a Focus Group: January 1st, 2011 to December 31st 2013
Coordinator of the LOEWE focus group:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Phytopathology and Applied Zoology
Tel.: 0641 99-37601
Secretary of the LOEWE focus group
Dr. Ina Schüttmann
Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology
(IME) Project Group "Bioresources"
Tel.: +49 641 99-39500
Fax: +49 641 4808-581
The LOEWE Focus Group Insect Biotechnology received state funding in the amount of 4.5 million Euros from 2011-2013. Justus Liebig University Giessen spearheaded this project in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen/Friedberg, the Fraunhofer Society / project group Bioresources, and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (Aachen), and the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology (Jena) participated in this focus group as associated partners.
The focus group aimed to expand the cooperation of existing work groups and institutions in the topic of insect biotechnology ("yellow biotechnology"). This is a relatively new field within biotechnology that has great growth potential worldwide. At the University of Giessen, an operational unit was established for the first time in Germany and is committed to developing innovative, cutting-edge technology at the interfaces between applied entomology of red, green, and white biotechnology. The projects main focuses included identifying new lead structures from insects and establishing new infection models for application in medicine, developing new products and technologies for modern pesticides, and identifying new enzymes for industrial production processes. Additionally, the project designed models for ecotoxicological risk assessment and the production of new biosensors.