About us - old

We conduct research and provide academic teaching in the domains of plant breeding, ecophysiology and the production of healthy plants and crops in dynamic and socially accepted cropping systems.


  • Integrated crop protection
  • Eco-effcient and sustainable production systems, growth and prediction models
  • (Eco)physiology and agroecology
  • Sensor technology, technical and biotechnical innovations in breeding, propagation, multiplication and production of plants and crops in open feld, in glasshouses and in vitro


  • Sustainable production of plants and crops for a wide array of end uses
  • Training science-based plant and crop specialists with open, critical minds and engineers’ attitudes

Academic staff

Kris Audenaert Plant pathology, mycology, mycotoxins, phytotoxins
Benny De Cauwer Crop husbandry, weed science, integrated weed management
Patrick De Clercq Entomology, acarology, biological and integrated control of crop pests
Eduardo de la Pena  
Emmy Dhooghe  
Danny Geelen Plant research: in vitro biotechnology, breeding, propagation, sexual reproduction, space
Geert Haesaert Crop production, plant breeding and crop protection, toxigenic fungi and mycotoxins
Monica Höfte Plant pathology, molecular plant-pathogen interactions, biological and integrated control of
plant diseases
Wouter Maes Precision agriculture, UAV research, remote sensing, data processing
Steven Maenhout  
Jan Pieters Thermic processes, heat and mass transfer, energy, agricultural engineering
Pieter Spanoghe Formulation, application and analysis of pesticides, (side) effects of pesticides, exposure
assessment of man and environment
Kathy Steppe Eco-physiology, plant-water relations, carbon metabolism and respiration, plant monitoring
and stress detection with plant sensors, plant modelling, development of plant-based control
strategies, effects of climate change on the physiology of plants, trees and ecosystems
Luc Tirry Agrozoology, entomology, acarology, insecticide resistance, integrated pest control of
animal-noxious agents
Thomas Van Leeuwen  Molecular acarology and genomics, insecticide resistance, molecular mite-plant interactions,
new insecticide target-sites
Stefaan Werbrouck Horticulture, in vitro culture of plants (especially trees), in vitro breeding of plants

Former academic staff

Dirk Reheul Agronomy: crop husbandry, grassland and ley-arable farming. Plant breeding: methods and
techniques, variety development, plant breeders’ rights. Plant physiology and sustainable
Patrick Van Damme Tropical and subtropical agriculture and ethnobotany, domestication of medicinal plants,
development cooperation and rural development, micro-fnancing systems, integrated and
sustainable development, biodiversity and agroforestry
Marie-Christine Van Labeke Crop physiology, abiotic stress, light quality (LED) and plant response, sustainable production