Ongoing projects

  • Scientists from various institutes are working together to develop a sensor platform using new photonic measurement technology. Based on the new detection techniques, the Institute for Food and Environmental Research (ILU) e.V. will develop measures that are effective against a variety of microbial contamination.

    Project optiPBR
  • Acrylamide is also produced during the baking of special products that are refined with vegetable ingredients, such as baked goods with potatoes or carrots. The aim of this research project is to develop a successful strategy to minimise acrylamide in such baked goods.

    Project Acrylamide
  • Only a small proportion of the plants that exist on earth are used by humans as food. For example, only three plants provide 60 per cent of the calories and nutrients: maize, rice and wheat. In addition, these and a few other species take up a large part of agricultural land. As part of Horizon 2020, the EU founded the Radiant project with the aim of using more crop species than before and thus making the food system more robust.

    Project Radiant
  • In the ResBerry project, researchers are looking for new ways: the aim is to strengthen above- and below-ground biodiversity in order to increase the resilience of European organic soft fruit cultivation against the most important pests and diseases.

    Project ResBerry
  • Lebensmittelreste sind mehr als nur Kompost. Wie Algen daraus wertvolle chemische Rohstoffe schaffen können, will dieses Projekt herausfinden.

    Project Waste-to-Resource-Unit (W2RU)
  • The quality of pea starch is subject to strong fluctuations, which lead to reduced product qualities. Reduced breeding contributed to the lack of optimisation with regard to important ingredients. Moreover, the main use of peas is almost exclusively in animal feed. This project aims to change that.

    Project Pea Starch
  • Aquacultures cause very high GHG emissions, with feed production accounting for 87 percent of GHG emissions. The CLIMAQUA project aims to implement an innovative aquaculture-based food system with reduced climate impact.

    Project CLIMAQUA
  • The preservation of the plane tree as an important urban tree is the aim of the project. The task is to develop and apply an innovative and sustainable non-chemical plant protection that targets S. platani, the causal agent of Massaria disease.

    Project Massaria
  • Use of regionally occurring organic raw materials for the production of mycelium-based packaging material

    Project PilzPack
  • This cooperation project of IGV GmbH, Früchteverarbeitung Sohra GmbH and ILU e. V. aims at a new use of the field bean. One possibility is to distil drinkable alcohol from it.

    Project FavaDrink
  • The school milk programme is an integral part of the […]

    Project Evaluation School Milk Programme
  • By-products from rapeseed oil extraction usually end up as animal feed in stables. Scientists at the ILU and TU Berlin want to get more out of it. In the end, rapeseed yoghurt products could soon be in the supermarket.

    Project Rapeseed
  • People in Europe are getting older and older. However, many eat too unhealthy. So to stay fit for a long time, a change in diet can help. To support this is the task of NutriAct: the ILU develops solid breads and snacks for this purpose.

    Project NutriAct
  • UpWaste is developing a flexible and modular system for the […]

    Project UpWaste
  • Partners from ten European countries are working together on this project to promote the cultivation and utilisation of leguminous crops within the EU. The goal is to develop sustainable and competitive cultivation systems and value chains within the feed and food sector.

    Project LegValue
  • In the project, plant waste will be used for the production of extracts with biostimulant properties. This can help to promote the yield and quality of the plants and increase their content of minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc

    Project Bio4Food