MossTech will expand the tools for green biotechnology. By using the simplest land plants, the mosses, MossTech will develop new green cell factories for the production of proteins, lipids and fine chemicals. Funded by Marie Sklodowska Actions Innovative Training Networks under the European Horizon 2020 programme it will train six highly qualified PhD students in modern biotechnology.  MossTech will secure new tools to the fast increasing field of Plant Synthetic Biology. Its focus is on expanding the use of green cells in biotechnological applications. The consortium exists of three universities, one research institution and four companies.

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In the project MOOSzucht ("moss cultivation") peat mosses shall be developed as a sustainable and renewable alternative to invent a resource for peat extraction, which causes the over-exploitation of many moors, and to protect climate in the long run. The cooperating partner institutions will cultivate huge amounts of mosses for industrial production. Wild peat mosses will be selected for biomass production and axenic cultures will be used to improve productivity through polyploidy via Sphagnum Smart Breeding (SSB). The mosses will finally be tested for cultivation in the field and as substrate for horticultural uses. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL, Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft) and led by the University of Greifswald, Germany. Further partners are our institute, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and an enterprise from Lower Saxony.

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Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)

Ralf Reski was appointed as member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of University of Bielefeld, Germany, in May 2016.

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Our consortium of 14 institutions from four EU and two partner countries collaborate in order to find answers to the question what various nations can do to manage shared natural resources sustainably. Entitled "Trans-regional environmental awareness for sustainable usage of water resources" – in short TREASURE-WATER – the project aims to strengthen the cooperation between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. Both countries share the watershed of the Ob River and have similar national and regional priorities in the fields of higher education and environment. Both also want to develop partnerships with enterprises. The consortium therefore will contribute to empower universities in the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan by enhancing synergy between higher education and enterprises in the field of trans-boundary water resources management. The project is co-ordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


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Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften (HAdW)

The Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (German: Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, HAdW) assembles scholars and scientists in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Members will be appointed and are (according to their statutes) noticed for their outstanding scientific research. Ralf Reski was appointed member of the HAdW in 2011.

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University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS)

Ralf Reski became Senior Fellow at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) in 2013.

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Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

Since 2011 Ralf Reski is Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), the international research college of the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany.

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Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (bioss)

Ralf Reski is one of the founding Principal Investigators (PI) of the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (bioss) funded within the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

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Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology (FRISYS)

Ralf Reski is a founding principal investigator (PI) of the Freiburg Initiative for Systems Biology (FRISYS) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM)

Ralf Reski is one of the founding Principal Investigators (PI) the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM) at Freiburg University which was funded by the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

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Freiburg Centre for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT)

Ralf Reski is member of the FIT were he was a principal investigator. At FIT the University of Freiburg pools its core competencies in the fields of materials research, physics, chemistry, microsystems engineering, polymer sciences, biomimetics and medicine.

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The MOSSclone Research Consortium aims to invent and test a novel, precise and inexpensive method to monitor air contamination, especially by heavy metals using moss. The MOSSclone partners from universities as well as small and medium enterprises situated across Europe collaborate to create this new biotechnological tool which will function as a passive contaminant sensor consisting of a devitalized moss clone. The MOSSclone project is funded by the European Union in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development.

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TRR 141: Biological Design and Integrative Structures

Der DFG-geförderte, transregionale Sonderforschungsbereich TRR 141 namens „Biological Design and Integrative Structures" will austüfteln,welche biologischen Prinzipienin der Architektur anwendbar sind. Die aktuellen Entwicklungen in der computerbasierten Modellierung, Simulation und Fertigung eröffnen neue Möglichkeiten, die biologischen Prinzipien genauer zu analysieren und sie in Baukonstruktion und andere Bereiche der Technik zu übertragen.

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Molecular Farming (COST FA 0804)

In this project members of the ReskiLab cultivated moss cells for their utilization for Molecular Farming. 

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Finnish German Doctoral Training Network in Plant Signalling (FinGerSigNet)

The Finnish German Doctoral Training Network in Plant Signalling (FinGerSigNet) is a collaboration between the Finnish Graduate School in Plant Biology based at the University of Helsinki in Finland and the Researcher Training Group 1305 "Signal Systems in Plant Model Organisms" from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.

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Trinational Institute for Plant Research (TIP)

In 2011 Ralf Reski was co-founder of the Trinational Institute for Plant Research (TIP).

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Qualifications Framework for Ecology and Environmental Management (QualFEEM)

The Qualifications Framework for Ecology and Environmental Management (QualFEEM) is part of the European Union’s Tempus programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean. It is coodinated by Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski and Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Edgar Wagner from the University of Freiburg. 

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