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Counteracting Climate Change

through Bioengineering 

Modeling the Azolla Event: Welcome
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We are excited to announce that Living Technology secured further funding for years 2022 & 2023 to refine and optimise our carbon capture technology.

We wish to thank the German Federal Ministry of Science and Education and the state of Berlin, as-well as our partners at the Berlin University Alliance for their continued support.

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Our Current Focus


Representing one of the most dramatic biological events in the history of our planet, the azolla-event tells the incredible story of the fastest growing plant on earth.

49 millions years ago, this aquatic fern overgrew the north pole, fixing of vast amounts of CO2 in a remarkably short period of time.

Rapidly, removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, the azolla bloom of the Eocene ended the greenhouse climate millions of years ago.


Could the fern that changed the climate do it once again?

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Removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere represents the most crucial strategy to stop climate change.

Our vision at Living Technology, is to aid CO2 consuming lifeforms in their evolutionary traits, through the integration of technology.

Moving phototropic organisms from the role of the model, into the center of systems design, we want to build a symbiotic partner for the fastest growing plant on the planet.



The goal of this project, is to build a living technology that fixes CO2 from the atmosphere on the basis of biological photosynthesis.

In the laboratory we investigate optimal growth conditions as well as growth limitations of different species of the genus azolla.

In this endeavour, life is illuminated as the solution.


Azolla microphylla

Modeling the Azolla Event: Research




Living Technology

Department of Physics, Free University Berlin

Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin

1.2.17 Dennis Nürnberg PhD

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Funded through the Berlin University Alliance, by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Berlin, 
under the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government of Germany.

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