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.

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Biomass use on rewetted land (Photo: Carsten Lühr/ATB)

Innovative solutions for the management of rewetted areas are the focus of a project launched beginning of 2022, which aims to advance the…

Field in Autumn. Due to its filtering, buffering and material conversion properties, soil is at the same time a degradation, balancing and building medium, especially with regard to water and nutrient cycles (Photo: ATB)(Foto: ATB)

Der 5. Dezember ist Weltbodentag. Boden ist essentiell für das menschliche Leben. Das ATB forscht im Rahmen mehrerer Projekte daran, die Fruchtbarkeit…

Exponat 'Komm in den Kreislauf' (Foto: proWissen Potsdam)

Die Erde ist rund, aber ihre Ressourcen sind endlich. Wie können wir globalen Herausforderungen wie Ressourcenknappheit und Klimawandel begegnen? Eine…

Nikos Tsoulias during field tests with a LiDAR in ATB's Fieldlab for Digital Agriculture in Marquardt (Photo: ATB)

ATB scientist Nikos Tsoulias defended his doctoral thesis with excellence on 12 November. The disputation took place at the Agricultural University of…

Prof. Dr. Barbara Sturm (Foto: Foltan/ATB)

Die deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz (DAFA) hat am 10. November 2021 einen neuen Vorstand für eine zweijährige Amtszeit von 2021 bis 2023 gewählt. Die…

Forschungsministerin Dr. Manja Schüle übergibt Förderbescheid an ATB-Direktorin Prof. Barbara Sturm (Foto: Foltan/ATB)

Brandenburgs Wissenschaftsministerin Dr. Manja Schüle und Klimaschutzminister Axel Vogel besuchten heute im Rahmen einer Pressefahrt den neuen…

Weakened group of trees (19th century European beeches) in Sanssouci-Charlottenhof Park (Photo: Rohde/SPSG)

With an innovative approach, a team of scientists from Potsdam aims to save the trees in the historic parks and gardens of the State of Brandenburg…

Strahlende Gesichter: (von links) Fadi AlHamoch, Julia Heinicke, David Janke (Foto: ATB)

Mit einem Umzug über das ATB-Gelände feierte das ATB heute drei seiner Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen. Alle drei haben ihre Promotion im Bereich…

Practical demonstrations of precise lime fertilization attracted great interest (Photo: Ingmar Schröter)

On Oct. 27, 2021, professionals learned about the possibilities of precise lime fertilization during a workshop at the ATB. The project consortium…

Greened piglet barn (Photo: M.Jakob/ATB)

A team of scientists from ATB, the Frankenförder Research Association and the Humboldt University of Berlin studied the effect of green plants on the…

Everyday work in vegetable production: Operating in a bent posture (Photo: M.Jakob/ATB)

Preliminary results of a pilot study indicate that it may be worth taking a closer look at the effect of this external support structures with regard…


Dr Vinícius Pereira Guimarães, coordinator of Embrapa Labex Europe, visited ATB to get information about the institute's research focus and latest…



Plants are the key component of a healthy diet providing food for a fast-growing world population. The plant microbiome and soil microbiome are…


"Working under one D-A-CH: The farmer in 4.0 mode". This is the motto of the meeting to which ATB and the Expert Committee on Work Science in…


Due to the ongoing pandemic situation the 3rd International Symposium on Hydrothermal Carbonization, planned for Nov 2021, has been postponed to May…

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Research programs

Precision farming in crop and livestock production

The program is dedicated to site-adapted, sustainable intensification in the area of primary agricultural production up to and including product harvesting.

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Quality and safety of food and feed

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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Material and energetic use of biomass

The aim is to develop efficient technology and processes for the provision of biogenic recyclable materials and energy sources from agriculture for a sustainable, biobased recycling economy.

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