LOEWE Center for Insect Biotechnology & Bioresources

Thanks to their fantastic properties and abilities, insects colonize almost all habitats on earth. In the future, we humans can also benefit from the many survival strategies they have developed for this purpose. Under the direction of Prof. Andreas Vilcinskas, a globally unique center for the development of bioresources for use in medicine, plant protection and the food industry is being established in Giessen.


Natural Product Department

Benefit from our extensive collection of microbes, microbial-derived products, biological and chemical data as well as from the collaboration with our experts, who are eager to participate in your challenging project.

Food & Feed

Improvement Agents

We pursue sustainable solutions for the food and feed industry and develop strategies to make food safer, healthier and tastier.

Pests and vector

insect control

Our mission is to develop new and environmentally friendly crop protection strategies to prevent crop damage caused by insects.



We tap into groups of organisms with high biodiversity such as insects, bacteria and fungi as bioresources by isolating and characterising natural products with innovative technologies and established platforms.


Insights into research at the branch for Bioresources of the Fraunhofer IME

Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas, head of the Branch for Bioresources, presents the research area of ​​insect biotechnology, which pursues the goal of developing organisms as biological resources for applications in medicine, crop protection and the food and feed industry.

Federal Minister Klöckner presents the Fraunhofer IME with a funding certificate

As part of a virtual meeting, Dr. Kwang-Zin Lee received the grant notification for the joint project "HOPE" of around 250,000 euros for the bioresources branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME.

Fraunhofer lighthouse project “FutureProteins“

Proteins are vital for life. At the same time, there is a protein shortage in the global food supply. Due to extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change as well as soil and water pollution caused by the use of pesticides and fertilizers, this shortage can increase in the future. One approach to tackle this challenge is to open up novel protein sources as a sustainable alternative for animal source foods suitable for the masses. In the lighthouse project “FutureProteins”, six Fraunhofer institutes develop new cultivation systems, which can produce nutritious proteins from selected plants, insects, fungi and algae.




»Neuer Schädling breitet sich aus – Gießener werden zu Rettern der Zuckerrübe«

Der Klimawandel sorgt für neue Schädlinge auf den deutschen Äckern. Befallen werden zum Beispiel Zuckerrüben. Ein Team der Gießener Universität versucht, dies zu verhindern.



»Insekten als Lebensmittel«

Bei der weltweiten Fleischproduktion entstehen jede Menge Treibhausgase, die zum Klimawandel beitragen. Deshalb suchen auch Forscher in Gießen nach Alternativen für das konventionelle Fleisch. Der Sat.1-Reporter Robert Murmann hat eine solche »Wurst der Zukunft« zusammen mit Dr. Martin Rühl vom Fraunhofer IME probiert.



»Einzigartiges Projekt: In Gießen soll Insekten- und Garnelenzucht entstehen«

Eine Garnelenzucht in Gießen? Noch in diesem Jahr soll mit dem Bau einer nachhaltigen Anlage begonnen werden. Ein Investor steht bereit; die Wissenschaft begleitet das Vorhaben.

Our projects

With the development and use of biotechnological methods, we make insects, their molecules, cells, organs or associated microorganisms usable for applications. This results in products or services for medicine, industrial biotechnology and the food and feed industry.

Bmbf junior research group

Attract Group

Sprayable RNAi

Future Proteins