News around Saxony-Anhalt
As manifold as the federal state are the news and stories from Saxony-Anhalt. In this newsletter we report on innovative businesses, smart ideas, investments and on the people behind the success stories.
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- The Zukunftsspeisen (Food of the Future) project in Saxony-Anhalt is committed to developing innovative, holistic nutrition strategies from field to fork. Since 2019, Urte Grauwinkel and Dr. Toni Meier have been working towards creating sustainable and healthy food for everyone. Supported by agricultural businesses and universities in Saxony-Anhalt, they are establishing new plants, rediscovering old ones and developing innovative cultivation systems. They want to ensure healthy food in an era of climate change.
- Smart farming is one answer to the question of how to deal with challenges of the future. The IrriMode project in Saxony-Anhalt has taken this approach on board and is working toward self-sufficient agriculture that can endure climate change. Initial tests have been very promising.
- The 50-km radius around the state capital Magdeburg provides Ken Dohrmann and Julian Engelmann with all the resources they need to bring halophyte cultivation to Saxony-Anhalt: fine salt from Bernburg, brine from Staßfurt and residues from the potash mine in Zielitz. Dohrmann, an agriculturalist, and Engelmann, a geologist, founded Grow Up Salicornia GbR, converted a greenhouse in the town of Burg for cultivation experiments, established partnerships and investigated the various opportunities for processing and commercialization.
- BeST to InveST - There is always something new to report about Saxony-Anhalt as a business and science location.
- Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg are providing agriculture with expert support as it moves into the digital age. “Faced with a harvest of around 14 million metric tons of apples at risk of disease each year across Europe, we as developers of intelligent, digital systems can come up with solutions,” says Uwe Knauer, a scientist at the IFF. Together with partners, his team is developing an intelligent remote system for detecting fruit diseases.
- What healthy and sustainable alternatives are there to protein sources such as meat, fish, eggs and milk? Apart from soya beans, now mainstream, which plants could provide us with our all-important protein? What other plants would be suitable as sources of protein? Nutritional scientists at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and researchers at Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg e. V. are providing some unexpected answers to the question of what our diets will look like in the future.
- Polygon Shelter from Saxony-Anhalt builds unique, lightweight expedition vehicles for customized adventure
- With the help of researchers from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt, experts from Bayreuth, Nanchang and Zurich have managed to produce unique polymer fibers. These fibers are distinctive for being extremely resilient while also very lightweight. They have many potential uses, including in the automotive industry.
- Embracing the new: Anhalt University of Applied Sciences has founded its Materiability Lab
- ThermHex Waben GmbH and the Fraunhofer IMWS in Halle (Saale) focus on new hierarchical sandwich structures