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JKI cooperates more closely with Brazilian partners in bioeconomy

JKI research in agroforestry systems and soil microbiomes attracts great interest at the Green Rio bioeconomy trade fair.

As a member of the German delegation led by Parliamentary State Secretary Claudia Müller from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), JKI President Frank Ordon presented a selection of JKI research projects in the fields of breeding, production and sustainable use of bio-based raw materials at the Brazilian bioeconomy fair "Green Rio" in Rio de Janeiro.

The representatives of the Brazilian and German governments outlined their plans for a future bioeconomy and put cooperation in this area on the political agenda. The Brazilian and German sides emphasised that sustainable and future-oriented cooperation will lead to further synergies.

In order to intensify the ongoing cooperation agreement between the JKI and its Brazilian partner institution Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and to gain a deeper insight into each others’s research work, the two institutions also held a joint workshop on the topic of "Agrosystems of the Future" as part of the "Green Rio". After an opening statement by State Secretary Claudia Müller, Dr Doreen Babin, Dr Lukas Beule and Prof. Dr Frank Marthe as well as Prof. Dr Frank Ordon addressed various research topics. In the discussion, the two topics of soil microbiome and soil health with special consideration of agroforestry systems emerged as core topics for future cooperation, in addition to the already ongoing cooperation in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants. Both sides are looking forward to a fruitful and sustainable cooperation and have now taken the first steps to concretise their cooperation in these areas. In this context, the differences in soils, climate and agricultural practices in Brazil and Germany are both interesting and challenging.

Green Rio

Green Rio was first organised in 2012 as a side event of the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development. The German-Brazilian bioeconomy workshop was organized for the 7th time as part of Green Rio. The JKI has been actively contributing to the workshops since 2017. Green Rio is a platform for start-ups and small enterprises to present their innovations made out of natural resources. In recent years, the fair has grown in terms of the number of participants and exhibitors and has become more and more relevant for politics, (agricultural) business and science.

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