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Mind the Fungi

Open Lab Night | Bioprocess Engineering

Lichen, Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Electron microscopic image of lichen, Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Electron microscope, Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Art Laboratory Berlin

The Art & Science project Mind the Fungi is a cooperation between the Institute of Biotechnology at the TU Berlin and Art Laboratory Berlin and is dedicated to the research of local fungi and lichens. Scientists of the Department of Bioprocess Engineering will give short presentations to give an insight into the world of lichens and their potential for new natural products is presented. Afterwards, production tools, in particular bioreactors, that are used to reproduce the lichen cultures and their valuable materials, will be presented. There is also the opportunity to have hands-on experiences with the material – even under the microscope. Using lichens from the environment, experimental methods for isolation and characterization in laboratory experiments will be shown and the morphology of the symbiosis observed under the microscope.

Lichens represent a symbiosis of algae and fungi. Fungi and lichens offer a resource of diverse substances, the spectrum ranges from compounds to fine and basic chemicals such as bioplastic components to valuable food components and even building materials. In the case of lichens, the cultivation for the production of such diverse products is still at the beginning. Appropriate isolation and subsequent bioprocess optimization should greatly shorten growth times and unlock the potential for producing valuable substances.

Peter Neubauer, explaining bioprocess engineering, Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Stefan Junne, explaining bioprocess engineering, Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, Photo: Alessandro Volpato

Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, Photo: Peter Neubauer

Open Lab Night, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, TU Berlin, 2020, photo: Kati Hyyppä

The bioengineering research is expanded through artistic and design-based approaches. The Institute of Biotechnology works together with Berlin artists and designers to develop new ideas and technologies for the mushroom and lichen-based materials of the future and would like to involve the public in these developments.

Venue

Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering, Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin, Ackerstr. 76, Room Z20, Hof 3 Aufgang F, 13355 Berlin

Date and time

21 January 2020, 7 – 9.30 pm
Free entrance

Team

Prof. Peter Neubauer, Dr. Stefan Junne, Marcel Drostert, Zakieh Zakeri, Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering
Carsten Pohl, Dept. of Applied and Molecular Microbiology
Regine Rapp, Christian de Lutz, ALB

Photo documentation

Art Laboratory Berlin,
Bioverfahrenstechnik
Kati Hyyppä, Alessandro Volpato

Cooperation partners

Dept. of Bioprocess Engineering,
Dept. of Applied and Molecular Microbiology,
Institute of Biotechnology, TU Berlin

Supported by

Mind the Fungi

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