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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Die Akteure der heutigen Eröffnung vor dem GO-GRASS-Banner (von links): Dr. Simone Leinkauf (ProWissen), Dr. Sonja Germer (ATB), Min Dr. Manja Schüle (MEFK), OB Mike Schubert (LH Potsdam), Prof. Dr. Annette Prochnow (ATB) (Foto: proWissen Potsdam e.V.)

Im Beisein von Brandenburgs Wissenschaftsministerin Dr. Manja Schüle und Potsdams Oberbürgermeister Mike Schubert wurde heute eine Bauzaun-Ausstellung…

Piling up moist woodchips on a test platform and internal ventilation channels (Photo: Lühr/ATB)

Controlled cold air ventilation not only enables the drying of woodchips stored in piles to moisture contents of less than 15 percent within four…


Whether it is apples, crackers or herbs – the drying and processing of organic products requires sophisticated technologies. How can the processing of…


The Leibniz Research Alliance "INFECTIONS in an Urbanising World - Humans, Animals, Environments" has started to work. Over the next four years,…


SMART4ALL launches the 2nd open call for transnational knowledge transfer. In particular, initiatives to develop smart applications that facilitate…

Lying cow panting under heat stress (Photo: Hoffmann/ATB)

At the launch of the project for individualised and breeding-based heat stress prevention by means of digitalisation in dairy cow husbandry, the…

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The just published FAO discussion paper "Accounting livestock water productivity: How and why?" presents the results of a review of livestock water…

So soll sie aussehen: Bauzaunausstellung zum Thema Bioökonomie ©proWissen

Die Bauzaun-Initiative des Vereins „proWissen Potsdam“ ist eins der 16 neuen Förderprojekte im Wissenschaftsjahr 2020|21 – Bioökonomie des BMBF und…

Participants in the online panel discussion at the end of the conference

The 41st annual conference of the Society for Information Technology in Agriculture, Forestry and Food (Gesellschaft für Informatik in der Land-,…

Aerial view of the LVAT in Groß Kreutz from 2007 (Photo: Berner/LVAT)

A model farm for a sustainable bioeconomy with agriculture and biorefinery that is unique in Germany is the goal of the "Leibniz Innovation Farm for…


To prevent heat damage in fruit production partners from Italy, Hungary and Germany met at the digital kickoff for the project SHEET

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…



Sie bieten mehr als nur Hackschnitzel: Schnellwachsende Gehölze wie Pappel, Weide oder Robinie sind Garanten für Wertschöpfung, Klima- und…


In order to support young researchers, the ATB organises PhD Days every six months, which allow PhD students to network with colleagues from different…


Welche Bedeutung hat eine auf Reststoffen basierende flexible Biogasproduktion für die Bioökonomie in agrarischen Systemen? Welche vielfältigen…

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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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