Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming

Initiative for Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming

The “Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming” initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft focuses on applied research in the field of food and agriculture – from crop farming and livestock care to agricultural use of moorland. Divided into two smaller initiatives, researchers from five Fraunhofer institutes, the IGD, IGP, IIS, IVV and EMFT, are based across several offices in Bavaria and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The interdisciplinary teams contribute a wide range of expertise from the sectors of robotics and automation, sensors, analytics and actuators, AI and big data, as well as construction, production and process engineering. Their aim is to develop new technologies for the sustainable production and processing of agricultural products — from seeds to finished products. 

Agriculture is facing ever greater challenges due to increasingly strict requirements governing environmental protection, food quality and sustainability against a backdrop of limited availability of land and fossil fuels as well as workforce shortages. Using highly individualized, automated and sustainable technologies, the initiative is helping to ensure the long-term security and future viability of regional agriculture and food production.

The funding required for the initiative amounts to a total of 80 million euros, split equally between the German federal government and the German state governments. This includes 20 million euros from the respective federal states for each of the two smaller initiatives and 40 million euros of federal government funding. 

Participating Fraunhofer Institutes


Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT at Fraunhofer IIS

Plant monitoring / phenotyping

Fraunhofer EZRT, a section of Fraunhofer IIS, develops technologies for monitoring plants, ranging from data collection to decision-making. The office in Triesdorf is home to a phenotyping technology center built specifically for the project, where researchers are working together to develop combined sensor systems. The aim is to objectively document relevant characteristics from germination and cultivation to harvest and to then use these to aid the decision-making process for propagation and further breeding. 


Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

Visualization / digital intelligence

The Fraunhofer IGD focuses on visualization and digital intelligence designed for agricultural applications. Be it crop cultivation, livestock care, agricultural use of moorland or even aquaculture – visual computing is an excellent tool. To further develop these fields digitally, the Fraunhofer IGD team makes use of technologies based on remote sensing, sensors, modeling, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The aim is to kick-start the digital revolution in the agricultural sector.


Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV

Biogenic value creation

As part of its research work for the initiative, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV focuses in particular on strengthening biogenic value creation, with a view to ensuring that agricultural products and biogenic raw materials are produced and used more sustainably in the future. The institute’s endeavors include extracting lecithin from domestic raw materials as well as food and agricultural waste as an alternative to using rapeseed or soya. The team also aims to develop new bio-based packaging materials. 


Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP

Smart farming

Research for the initiative at the Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Engineering IGP is focused on mapping efficient technical solutions for smart agriculture. This centers around automation, robotics, lightweight construction and the use of relevant sensors and artificial intelligence. The institute combines the performance of traditional agricultural technology with modern automation solutions while developing individual solutions to be transferred to specific applications. 


Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT

Holistic approach

Fraunhofer EMFT uses its expertise to secure food production and quality along the entire value chain. Sensors and actuators can be used in countless possible ways to increase yields while protecting the environment, for example to phenotype plants, analyze emissions in livestock farming, analyze environmental media and monitor supply chains in the food industry.


Christian Wald

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Christian Wald

Fraunhofer EMFT project management BVCSF

Fraunhofer EMFT
Hansastr. 27 d
80686 Munich, Germany

Phone +49 89 54759-231

Katrin Tina Möbius

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Katrin Tina Möbius

Media Relations

Fraunhofer EMFT
Hansastraße 27d
80686 Munich, Germany

Phone +49 89 54759-198