LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources


Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas

“Insects are the most successful organisms on earth in terms of their diversity and adaptability. I am convinced that the biodiversity among insect species is also mirrored at the molecular level. What this means for us is that insects represent a vast and diverse resource of active substances and we should now focus our work on the discovery and characterization of these new substances and their sustainable use for the benefit of humanity.“

Joint forces on carcasses: Cooperation of burying beetles and their microbiota

A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, the University of Giessen and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has studied the role of the burying beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides) and its microbiota in carrion digestion and chemical preservation during breeding.

MP Bouffier at ZIB

Volker Bouffier appreciated the interdisciplinary adjustment in the LOEWE ZIB in his visit visit and got informed about the current research as well as about the situation to the institute new building of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft with planned groundbreaking in 2016 and move-in in 2020.

Acknowledgement: JLU-Press Office/Rolf Wegst


biodiversa-Project: A network of national research funding organizations supporting European-wide projects in order to generate new knowledge for the protection and sustainable management of biodiversity.

What is yellow biotechnology?

Yellow biotechnology (insect biotechnology) is the use of biotechnology to develop useful applications for whole insects as well as their organs, cells, molecules and symbiotic microbes, in the fields of medicine (red biotechnology), plant protection (green biotechnology) and industry (white biotechnology). The term yellow biotechnology was chosen because it is reminiscent of the yellow color of insect hemolymph, which has thus far yielded a number of useful and valuable chemicals, proteins and microbes.

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