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

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy as a nationally and internationally acting institute is researching at the interface of biological and technical systems. 
Our research is aimed at sustainable intensification. We analyze, model and evaluate bio-economic production systems. We develop and integrate new technologies and management strategies for a knowledge-based, site-specific production of biomass, and its use for food, as biobased materials and fuels - from basic research to application. 
Thus we are contributing to food security, animal welfare, the holistic use of biomass, and to protect the climate and environment.

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Harvest workers on a 'cucumber flyer' (Photo: Geyer/ATB)

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work currently highlights a new report on trends and implications for workplace safety and health in…

Luftaufnahme des ATB 1999 mit Futterturm (Foto: Herold/ATB)

Am 25. Januar 2001 wurde der Futterturm gesprengt. Die zur Lennéschen Feldflur gehörenden Flächen im Nordwesten Potsdams wurden in Vorbereitung auf…

Still running on diesel: Tractors on a dairy farm (Photo: ATB)

How can the energy transition be achieved at farm level? The EU project RES4LIVE addresses the question of how livestock farms in particular can…


The EU-funded PERCAL project has made significant steps in the valorisation of municipal solid waste (MSW). The technologies developed in the project…

Potrait of Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Welschof (Photo: private)

Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Welschof was chairman of the founding committee and founding director of the Institut für Agrartechnik Bornim e.V. (ATB) from 1991 to…


SMART4ALL, an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, aims to advance digitalisation in Europe and supports the development and implementation of innovations…

EFRE-Ausstellung im Foyer der CIRCLE (Foto: Foltan/ATB)

Ab dem 4. Dezember gastiert die EFRE-Wanderausstellung am Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie. Die Ausstellung ist Teil der Infokampagne…

Map of lime requirement at the site Komturei Lietzen: Dark blue areas indicate an increased, yellow areas no lime demand (Copyright: Vogel/ATB)

Soil is a sensitive and as a result of intensive agriculture often strained resource. Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering…


Online: Video contribution by the EU funded project GO-GRASS to the Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020, held in an interactive digital format November…

 Hens on straw bedding (Photo: ATB)

Preferably in a biogas plant! This is the conclusion of a study by Potsdam scientists recently published in the scientific periodical Journal of…

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SustInAfrica is a research project empowering West and North African smallholder farmers and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate…

Hemp grown under dry conditions 2018 (Photo: Flemming/ATB)

ATB Scientists have assessed water productivity as a measure of water use efficiency for hemp fibre plants. Results from the dry year 2018 indicate…



The International FRUTIC Symposium will be held together with the 5th International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering CAFEi2020. The…


The 41st annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Informatik in der Landwirtschaft (GIL) will deal intensively with digitisation in agriculture,…


In der Vortragsreihe "Potsdamer Köpfe" stellt ATB-Wissenschaftler Dr. Hans-Jörg Gusovius fast vergessene Faserpflanzen und ihr Potential für eine…

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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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