Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Iris Lewandowski, Nicole Gaudet, Jan Lask, Jan Maier, Boris Tchouga, Ricardo Vargas-Carpintero
    Pages 1-2 Open Access
  3. Bioeconomy Concepts and Research Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Iris Lewandowski, Nicole Gaudet, Jan Lask, Jan Maier, Boris Tchouga, Ricardo Vargas-Carpintero
      Pages 5-16 Open Access
    3. Regina Birner
      Pages 17-38 Open Access
    4. Andrea Knierim, Lutz Laschewski, Olga Boyarintseva
      Pages 39-72 Open Access
  4. Knowledge Base for Biobased Value Chains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. C. Zörb, I. Lewandowski, R. Kindervater, U. Göttert, D. Patzelt
      Pages 75-95 Open Access
    3. I. Lewandowski, M. Lippe, J. Castro Montoya, U. Dickhöfer, G. Langenberger, J. Pucher et al.
      Pages 97-178 Open Access
    4. M. Loeffler, J. Hinrichs, K. Moß, M. Henkel, R. Hausmann, A. Kruse et al.
      Pages 179-230 Open Access
    5. K. Urban, C. Schiesari, O. Boysen, R. Hahn, M. Wagner, I. Lewandowski et al.
      Pages 231-286 Open Access
  5. Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Elisabeth Angenendt, Witold-Roger Poganietz, Ulrike Bos, Susanne Wagner, Jens Schippl
      Pages 289-316 Open Access
    3. Michael Ahlheim
      Pages 317-329 Open Access
    4. Jan Lask, Jan Maier, Boris Tchouga, Ricardo Vargas-Carpintero
      Pages 343-356 Open Access

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors outline the dimensions of the bioeconomy as a means of achieving sustainability.

The authors are ideally situated to elaborate on the diverse aspects of the bioeconomy. They have acquired in-depth experience of interdisciplinary research through the university’s focus on “Bioeconomy”, its contribution to the Bioeconomy Research Program of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, and its participation in the German Bioeconomy Council.

With the number of bioeconomy-related projects at European universities rising, this book will provide graduate students and researchers with background information on the bioeconomy. It will  familiarize scientific readers with bioeconomy-related terms and give scientific background for economists, agronomists and natural scientists alike.


Sustainability Biomass Management Resource Management Agriculture Macroeconomics Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Iris Lewandowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Crop Science; Biobased Products and Energy CropsUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

About the editors

Iris Lewandowski holds the chair for Biobased Products and Energy Crops at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She is head of the international Master Course “Bioeconomy” at the University of Hohenheim, is a member of the Bavarian Expert Panel on Bioeconomy and leads and co-ordinates national and EU-funded bioeconomy research projects. She has previously worked as Global Biomass R&D Program Manager at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam and as Senior Biomass Researcher at the University of Utrecht, both in the Netherlands. Her research interest primarily focuses on sustainable biomass supply systems and the development of biobased value chains. She has published 66 peer-reviewed papers and completed work on several book chapters relating to bioenergy and perennial biomass crops. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journals “Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery” and “GCB Bioenergy”.

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