Research results, projects and events from Leibniz Institutes of the alliance and other partners: On this page you can find News about sustainable food production and healthy nutrition.
  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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  9. Is modern wheat off the hook?
    10/22/2020 · Leibniz-LSB@TUM

    wheat: What has changed during 120 years of breeding?

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  10. 'Protein Paradoxes'-Workshop: Scenarios for legume protein in European agricultural systems
    10/01/2020 · ZALF

    October 1st and 2nd *Text und Workshop nur auf English* The fifth 'Protein Paradoxes' Workshop is organised by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).

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  11. Sustainable food protein supply reconciling human and ecosystem health: A Leibniz Position
    09/23/2020 ·

    New publication by scientists of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition".

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  12. Latest IGB Policy Brief: Does sustainable aquaculture in Germany have a future?
    09/12/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

    Aquaculture – the controlled production of aquatic organisms such as fish, mussels, shrimps or algae – is considered the fastest growing branch of food production worldwide. In contrast, aquaculture in Germany ekes out a niche existence. Currently, less than 3 percent of German fish consumption is covered by domestic aquaculture. The production targets set by the National Strategy Plan for Aquaculture* (NASTAQ) for 2020 are clearly missed, and Germany remains heavily dependent on imports. The potential for greater self-sufficiency and for the export of fish using sustainable processes could be developed instead of shifting the pressure of use on aquatic ecosystems and possible environmental impacts abroad. This is the assessment of researchers from IGB in the IGB Policy Brief "Sustainable Aquaculture in Germany - Opportunities and Challenges" published today. However, whether sustainable aquaculture in Germany has a future at all is not a purely technical or scientific question. Rather, a societal and political discussion is needed on how and whether aquaculture in Germany can – and should – develop further.

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  13. How Protein Protects against Fatty Liver
    08/12/2020 · German Institut for Human Nutrition (DIfE)

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease in the world, with sometimes life-threatening consequences. A high-protein, calorie-reduced diet can cause the harmful liver fat to melt away – more effectively than a low-protein diet. A new study by DIfE/DZD researchers published in the journal Liver International shows which molecular and physiological processes are potentially involved.

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  14. Preserving crop diversity
    06/05/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Today, there are more than 1,750 gene banks worldwide. In order to unlock their potential, a project aims to integrate the seed depots into an activated digital network.

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  15. Vegetables meet Fish
    06/05/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Aquaponics may have both environmental and cost benefits – if produced according to good agricultural practice and under suitable conditions.

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  16. From artificial meat to fine-tuning photosynthesis: Food System Innovation – and how to get there
    05/20/2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Food production has always shaped the lives of humans and the surface of the Earth. Be it plough or refrigerator, time and again innovations have transformed the ways we grow, process, and consume food over the last millennia. Today, with almost 40 per cent of all land on Earth used for food production, the food system massively impacts climate and environment – from nitrogen flows to water use, from biodiversity to greenhouse gas emissions. In a new study published in the journal NatureFOOD, an international team of researchers has now assessed and categorised key innovations with a potential to transform the food system, from artificial meat or seafood to biofortified crops or improved climate forecasts – and established what is most needed to make them succeed.

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  17. Summary of preliminary Data about Obesity and Severity of COVID-19
    05/04/2020 · German Center for Diabetes Research

    In a Nature Reviews Endocrinology “Comment” authors from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health call for more research about the relationships of obesity, disproportionate fat distribution and impaired metabolic health with the severity of COVID-19.

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  18. Dual-purpose chicken, insect food and phosphorus efficiency - what is the state of research?
    03/25/2020 · Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie - FBN

    German Association for Poultry Science meets in Rostock. The demand for and the manufacture of products from poultry farming has been rising constantly for years; the consumption of approx. 220 eggs and 20 kg of poultry meat per capita exceeds the production output of the approx. 45 million laying hens and 94 million broilers in Germany.

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  19. ZMT Newsletter 2020
    03/25/2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    This time, the ZMT newsletter deals with the use and protection of aquatic resources, one of the four scientific programme areas of ZMT.

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  20. Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible
    03/25/2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research - PIK

    20/01/2020 - Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet – causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. But as world population continues to grow, can that last?

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