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  • Chemical seed treatment rids seeds of fungi, viruses and bacteria. However, this comes at a high cost: The active agents used can also have harmful effects for farmers, the soil and the environment. On the other hand, electrons can be used to treat seeds in an environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical way — a method which helped the E-VITA GmbH start-up, a joint venture of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP and Ceravis AG, to win the Fraunhofer Founder Award for 2021.

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  • Ensuring that power plants operate without breaking down and that vehicles run energy-efficiently ultimately depends on just a few atoms. A virtual ma-terial probe makes it possible to see, and therefore control, tribological processes at the atomic level. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM is being awarded the Stifterverband Science Prize 2022 for this development.

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  • “Qualitative” and “quantitative” may be just a couple of letters apart, but the difference is huge. When it comes to fluorescence measurement technology, for example, it has so far been used almost exclusively for qualitative anal-yses. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is successfully using the method to obtain quantitative measurements with a high local resolution, and is receiv-ing the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize in recognition of this achievement.

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  • Keeping things constantly connected to the internet costs energy — a lot of energy. Even small Internet-of-Things nodes run out of battery entirely in just a few weeks. All of this is changing with the RFicient® chip, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, which saves power consump-tion by up to 99 percent. This development is a big step forward for the Inter-net of Things and has secured the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the devel-oper team.

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  • New hope in the fight against cancer: A research team at the Fraunhofer Insti-tute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has worked closely with Varian Medical Systems (Fraunhofer IOF’s industrial partner) to develop a novel system for tumor radiotherapy, which improves cancer patients’ chances of recovery. The scientists behind the project were awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the overall system, which is ready for production.

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  • Interview with Cem Özdemir

    German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

    Cem Özdemir, Bundesminister für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft.
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    Interview with Cem Özdemir, German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture. He sees agricultural policy as propping up an “exploitative system” and strongly believes that “things can’t go on as they are.” Germany’s new agriculture minister Cem Özdemir talks to us about what he wants to improve – and how Fraunhofer technology is helping him achieving these goals.

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  • This is what the future tastes like

    Web special Fraunhofer magazine 1.2022

    Vegane Spiegeleier, vegane Lebensmittel
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    A weekend breakfast without eggs? For many people, that would be a real sacrifice − espe­cially at Easter. However, large numbers of consumers are turning against factory farm­ing and are resolving to consume fewer animal products, if only out of concern for climate change.

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  • Cars of the future

    Web special Fraunhofer magazine 4.2021

    Sebastian Stegmüller, Leiter Forschungsbereich Mobilitäts- und Innovationssysteme und Leiter Team Mobility Innovation am Fraunhofer IAO
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    Sebastian Stegmüller, Leiter Forschungsbereich Mobilitäts- und Innovationssysteme und Leiter Team Mobility Innovation am Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO.

    New times, new challenges – and new challengers. E-mobility pioneer Tesla, which launched on the German market in 2013 with its Model S, had reason to celebrate in October. The growth rates for Tesla vehicles registered in Germany were in the triple digits, marking an increase of 482.9 percent. German manufacturers saw a double-digit drop, with the exception of Porsche, which stayed almost stab-le at just minus 0.8 percent. Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW and Audi have also taken on the challenge of e-mobility. With its research fab for battery production, in which ten Fraunhofer Institutes are involved, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is helping to expand and strengthen Germany’s position as a leader in battery manufacturing technology. And yet it will take more than that to ensure Germany maintains this position and doesn’t slip down the ranks in terms of environmental rating and reputation.

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