The Leibniz Research Alliance 'Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition' (LRA FN) is devoted to solving questions in the context of food production and healthy nutrition, with a strong emphasis on transdisciplinarity and sustainability. We are combining the expertise of 14 Leibniz Institutes with the highest level of scientific competence in agricultural, food and nutrition research.
  1. FABLE Report 2020: Pathways to sustainable land-use and food systems
    12/08/2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium has presented an updated plan on how countries can meet mid-century objectives on food security, healthy diets, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, forest conservation, and freshwater use. In part coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), FABLE's mission is to mobilize top knowledge institutions from 20 countries to support the development of decision-support tools and long-term pathways towards sustainable food and land-use systems.

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  2. Mycorrhizing your way to sweeter tomatoes
    12/08/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)

    IPB Press Release from November 2, 2020 | Demand for mycorrhizal fungi in gardening and landscaping tasks is steadily climbing, given its ability to boost growth and yield as a natural fertilizer. In a successful first, scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), partnered the INOQ GmbH and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) to develop a mycorrhiza substrate for commercial tomato production. Large-scale trials conducted under conventional cultivation conditions revealed that the fruit crop of mycorrhizal plants outperformed non-mycorrhizal control plants in terms of quality and richness of content for an unchanged yield. The project was funded by the BMBF-sponsored initiative SME innovative for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The findings gleaned will be directly passed on the project partner, INOQ GmbH, and pave the way to produce suitable mycorrhiza preparations for large-scale tomato cultivation for the first time.

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  3. Position paper of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research on the Action plan for the development of EU organic production
    12/08/2020 · Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V. Müncheberg

    Position Paper  The EU organic production lags behind the increasing demand by consumers and the political targets for the growth in organic production. New studies prove that organic farming can make a relevant contribution to solving the contemporary environmental and resource challenges. The advantages for the fields of water protection, soil fertility, biodiversity, climate protection and adaptation as well as resource efficiency are in particular a result of the system approach pursued in organic farming that in turn leads to a reduced production intensity (e.g. the limitation of fertilization level causes a low nitrate discharge risk; avoiding pesticides and minimizing the use of medications reduces the risks of seepage into groundwater). 

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  4. Sweet taste reduces appetite?
    12/08/2020 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    Freising, November 10, 2020 To date, very little is known about how sweetness perception contributes to satiety. This study, conducted by an Austrian-German team led by chemists Veronika Somoza and Barbara Lieder, provides new insights into the relationship between the sweet taste of sugar, energy intake and the regulatory process of hunger and satiety. The study was published in the journal „Nutrients“.

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  5. World Soil Day: Digital technologies for looking into the soil
    12/08/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)

    Soil is a sensitive and as a result of intensive agriculture often strained resource. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy are therefore developing digital solutions for a resource-saving and environmentally sound soil management. With the World Soil Day on 5 December, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations (UN) are reminding us to stand up for a sustainable management of soil resources.

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  6. Call for Papers - Special Issue in "Sustainability" (MDPI)
    10/26/2020 · Sustainability

    SI "Optimization of a Circular Bioeconomy for Agriculture and Food Industry" Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021 Abstract: Major global problems, such as climate change, resource degradation and depletion, and environmental degradation threaten our food supply, food security, and food quality. The concept of a circular bioeconomy combines economic growth with environmental compatibility. It thus represents a framework for a sustainable structural transformation toward a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy based on sustainably produced renewable raw materials as well as on biobased innovations.

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  7. Interdisciplinary Conference on Sustainable Agriculture: Landscape 2021 – Call for Sessions runs until end of October
    10/22/2020 · Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

    The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), together with international partners, is organizing the Landscape 2021 Conference in Berlin Adlershof from 20 to 22 September 2021. The conference will focus on the question whether and how diversification in agriculture contributes to resilience and sustainability. The event thus addresses current research topics between the conflicting priorities of climate change, food security and sustainability. The event brings together scientists from various disciplines with multipliers from politics, society, and practitioners. Interested parties can still submit proposals for their own “Sessions” and “Masterclasses” up until 31 October 2020.

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  8. A chance for the old German saddle pig - Greater focus on organic livestock farming
    10/22/2020 · Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN)

    On 10th October 2020, the ecological extension of the experimental pig farm at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Dummerstorf (FBN) was formally opened. The extension was designed according to the guidelines of organic farming and was funded by both the Ministry of Agriculture MV and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture within the framework of programme operations to the amount of 1.8 million euros.

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