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.


Bundesministerin Klöckner überreicht Förderurkunde an das Fraunhofer IME

Im Rahmen eines virtuellen Treffens nahm Dr. Kwang-Zin Lee den Zuwendungsbescheid für das Verbundvorhaben »HOPE« von rund 250.000 Euro für den Institutsteil Bioressourcen des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME entgegen.

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.

Prof. Zorn takes over the deputy head of the branch for bioresources of the Fraunhofer IME

Since January 1, 2021, the Bioresources branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME has a new deputy head: Prof. Dr. Holger Zorn. The professor for food chemistry and food biotechnology will in future support the department head Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas at the Giessen location.




»In der Welt gefragt« – Fraunhofer in Gießen forscht zu nachhaltiger Produktion neuer Proteinquellen / Geschäftsmodelle für die Landwirtschaft

In politischen Debatten über den Klimawandel steht derzeit vor allem die Verkehrswende im Fokus. Fraunhofer geht andere Wege. Das Leitprojekt „FutureProteins“ fragt, wie die wachsende Weltbevölkerung zukünftig nachhaltig mit Proteinen versorgt werden kann. Ziel ist die Entwicklung geschlossener Kreislaufsysteme, in denen unter anderem Insekten gezüchtet werden.



An JLU Gießen den Geheimnissen der Tiergifte auf der Spur

Animal venomics have arisen more than 100 times independently of one another in all major animal groups and habitats. JLU entomologist Dr. Björn M. von Reumont is now involved in a Europe-wide project.



Million-euro funding for virus research in Giessen: the goal is a new drug

Kornelia Hardes and her team from the Fraunhofer Institute IME at the Gießen site are receiving funding of 3.2 million euros for research on influenza viruses. In the course of this, work in a level 3 high-security laboratory with avian flu viruses will also be made possible.

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