LOEWE Center Insect Biotechnology
Duration as a center: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2019
Coordinator of the LOEWE Center:
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas
Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Insect Biotechnology
Telephone: 0049 (0)641 99-37601
E-mail: Andreas Vilcinskas
Secretary of the LOEWE Center:
Dr. Ina Schüttmann
Fraunhofer Institute of Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME), project group "Bioresources"
Telephone: 0049 (0)641 99-39500
Fax: 0049 (0)641 4808-581
E-mail: Ina Schüttmann
During its initial funding period, 2014-2016, the LOEWE Center of Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources is receiving state funding in the amount of 17.7 million Euros; a second funding period, 2017-2019, with a similar amount is anticipated as well. Furthermore, the state of Hessen and the federal government have provided a total of 30 million Euros for the construction of a new research building.The new center emerged from the LOEWE Focus Group Insect Biotechnology (JLU) and continues successful sub-projects from there and from the LOEWE Focus Groups AmbiProbe (JLU) and BioIM (THM). Justus Liebig University Giessen is spearheading the LOEWE Center of Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences in Central Hessen and the Fraunhofer Society's project group Bioresources. The center continues research in the emerging field of insect biotechnology and maintains academic infrastructures and innovative competencies that were established here in Giessen in the LOEWE Focus Group Insect Biotechnology. The ultimate goal is to build the first Fraunhofer institute in Central Hessen; as a non-university research institution, the envisioned Fraunhofer Institute of Bioresources complements application-oriented research in life sciences at JLU and THM in Giessen.The goals of the academic activities are to make insects, their cells, organs, and molecules, or the microorganisms associated with them useful to society in the form of products or services. This strictly translational approach focuses on the development of innovative key technologies and is oriented on the value chain from ideas to product candidates. The focal points of the center's work include exploiting insects as a resource for natural substances, producing and formulating these substances, establishing insect models for pre-clinical research and food security, and developing new strategies for combating harmful insects and parasite vectors in an environmentally friendly manner.