Digital and climate friendly.

We develop digital technologies for tomorrow's agriculture.

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Research for the bioeconomy.

Using biological resources and natural cycles in agriculture efficiently in a sustainable manner.

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Reconsidering biomass.

We are tapping new raw material sources for the climate-friendly production of food and non-food products.

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Researching for the bioeconomy

Our Vision

A circular, diverse, innovative and sustainable bioeconomy produces healthy food for all, operates on the basis of renewable raw materials and facilitates the realization of One Health for humans, animals and the environment.

Our Mission

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy is a pioneer and a driver of bioeconomy research. 
We create the scientific foundation to transform agricultural, food, industrial and energy systems into a comprehensive bio-based circular economy.
We develop and integrate techniques, processes and management strategies, effectively converging technologies to intelligently crosslink highly diverse bioeconomic production systems and to control them in a knowledge-based, adaptive and largely automated manner.
We conduct research in dialogue with society - knowledge-motivated and application-inspired.

Our profile


Cricket on wheatgrass, Schwab ATB

On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, the European Commission approved house crickets as an ingredient in processed foods. The consumption of house crickets…

Handover of the funding certificate for the DigiMix-PA project by the Federal Minister Cem Özdemir at the IGW2023.

As part of the International Green Week 2023 in Berlin, Federal Minister Cem Özdemir officially handed over the funding certificate for the…


With Minhui Li and Manuele Bettoni, two young scientists have successfully completed their doctorates in the field of plant production over the last…

Stephanie Patzwall (Foto: ATB)

Wir betrauern den unerwarteten und plötzlichen Tod unserer sehr geschätzten Kollegin Stephanie Patzwall. Seit Juli 2021 war sie als Bibliothekarin am…


Joint research and teaching on bioeconomy: The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam and the University of…

Alice Hohn - Administrativ Director at ATB

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) will have a new administrative director, Alice Hohn, as of 1 January 2023. She…

Experts discuss their case studies in the hybrid workshop.

International experts met at the ATB in Potsdam from 14-16 December for an workshop with the aim of advancing and hamonizing the assessment of water…

Graphic with grass, areas and title

The recently launched DigiMix project aims to evaluate the systematic use of precision crop management techniques in a practical farm in order to make…

Information transfer on site (Photo: Hansen/ATB)

1500 pilot demo farmers and climate farm consultants from 28 countries are networking in the just launched EU project 'Climate Farm Demo' to jointly…

AThe tour through the ATB laboratories also inspired (Photo: Foltan/ATB)

An initial meeting of scientists from both institutions was held at ATB on December 7 and 8. The aim was to develop topics for the joint graduate…

Meeting of storage experts at ATB (Photo: ATB)

On 30 November and 1 December 2022, fruit storage specialists from German-speaking countries met at the ATB by invitation of Dr Martin Geyer to…

10 Must Dos

Bis 2030 sollten 30 Prozent des Landes und der Meere unseres Planeten unter Schutz gestellt werden. Alle zur Schädigung von Natur führenden…



The Symposium is organized by researchers at institutes and universities across the world to provide a platform for scientists, engineers,…


The BONARES 2023 Conference Berlin – “Soil as a sustainable resource” will bring together researchers from various disciplines related to soil and…


The 7th International Symposium on 'Applications of Modelling as an Innovative Technology in the Horticultural Supply Chain - Model IT 2023' is to be…

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Research programs

Diversified crop production

The program area is dedicated to the development of technology and processes for environmentally controlled, highly diversified agroecological production of plant biomass.

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Precision farming in crop and livestock production

Research focusses on technical solutions to improve animal welfare, barn climate and reduce emissions, as well as on the evaluation of animal husbandry systems.

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Healthy foods

Research covers the entire spectrum between primary production and consumption of fresh or minimally processed plant and animal products, including fruit, vegetables, cereals, milk, meat and insects.

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Multifunctional biomaterials

The focus is on the sustainable production of biomass in agriculture, agroforestry systems and paludiculture and the further processing of this biomass into biobased materials.

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Integrated residue management

The program area bundles research activities on biogas and on carbonized biomass such as biochar and humic substances to be fed back into the production cycle.

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