HSBI and the University of Tübingen Are Developing an Alternative to Glyphosate

In a cooperation project with the University of Tübingen, the Laboratory for Biochemistry and Microbiology at HSBI is currently researching an environmentally friendly alternative to glyphosate based on a sugar from cyanobacteria. © F. Hüffelmann / HSBI

Glyphosate reliably destroys unwanted plants, is used worldwide – and has been hotly disputed for years because of its negative effects on the environment and health. A ban on the herbicide in Germany and possibly even in the whole EU has hung in the air for a long time. A better alternative is in sight: in a cooperation project with the University of Tübingen funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), doctoral candidates at Hochschule Bielefeld – University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSBI) are working on an environmentally friendly herbicide based on a natural sugar from cyanobacteria.