Tropical soils

• 2009-2013 : VlIR project ‘Gestion de la matière organique pour l’amélioration de la production agricole des terroirs dégradés dans la région de Kisangani’, University of Kisangani, DR Congo, Promotors G. Baert, E. Van Ranst, G. Haesaert, P. Boeckx.
• 2011-2023 : VlIR-IUS project with University of Kisangani - DR Congo, project 1 : ‘Contribution de l’agriculture durable à la sécurité alimentaire dans le bassin nord-est du Congo’, Promotors G. Baert (project leader), G. Haesaert, R. Swennen.
• 2010-2015 : VlIR-IUS project with University of Limpopo – South Africa ‘Food security and climate change’, research on drought tolerance. Promotors P. Boeckx, G. Haesaert, G. Baert.
• 2012-2014: VlIR-SI project with Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) – Kenya ‘Technology development for improving soil fertility, crop yields and food security on small-scale farms in Western Kenya’. Promotors G. Baert, E. Van Ranst, A. Verdoodt.
• 2012-2015: VlIR-Miniproject with University of Lubumbashi (DR Congo) ‘Impact environnemental de la répartition spatio-temporelle des termitières de la zone métallifère du Katanga et leur potentialité agronomique dans un système écologique Sol-Termitière-Végétation’. Promotors E. Van Ranst, G. Baert, A. Verdoodt, F. Mees, J. Bogaert, G. Colinet.
• 2013-2014: project BTC – KMMA – UGent – Hogent ‘Finalisation de la carte pédologique du Burundi’, partners UGent : A. Verdoodt, G. Baert, E. Van Ranst.
• 2010-2013: LNE-project ‘Converting the Belgian soil map to WRB’. Promotors: S. Deckers, E. Van Ranst, G. Baert, K. Vancampenhout.
• 2010-2014 : FWO project ‘Impact of termites on the mineral, textural and molecular organic composition of tropical soils’, (termite hills of Lubumbashi region, Katanga, DR Congo). Promotors: E. Van Ranst, P. Boeckx, F. Verhaecke, G. Baert, F. Mees.

A1 Publications since 2010
• B.B. Mujinya, E. Van Ranst, A. Verdoodt, G. Baert, L.M. Ngongo. 2010. Termite bioturbation effects on electro-chemical properties of Ferralsols in the Upper Katanga (D.R. Congo). Geoderma 158:3-43-4, 233-241,
• R. Koy Kasongo, A. Verdoodt, P. Kanyankagote, G. Baert, E. Van Ranst. 2010. Coffee waste as an alternative fertilizer with soil improving properties for sandy soils in humid tropical environments. Soil Use and Management, 27: 94-102.
• B.B. Mujinya, F. Mees, P. Boeckx, S. Bodé, G. Baert, H. Erens, S. Delefortrie, A. Verdoodt, M. Ngongo, E. Van Ranst. 2011. The origin of carbonates in termite mounds of the Lubumbashi area, D.R. Congo. Geoderma. 165 : 95-105.
• R. Koy Kasongo, E. Van Ranst, P. Kanyankogote, A. Verdoodt, G. Baert. 2012. Réponse du soja (Glycine max) à l'application de phosphate de Kanzi et de dolomie rose de Kimpese sur sol sableux en RD Congo. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 92(6) : 905-916.
• Y.D. Botula Manyala Ilanga, W. Cornelis, G. Baert, E. Van Ranst. 2012. Evaluation of pedotransfer functions for predicting water retention of soils in Lower Congo (D.R. Congo). Agricultural Water Management, 111 : 1-10.
• R. Koy Kasongo, P. Kanyankogote, A. Verdoodt, G. Baert, M. Dumon, E. Van Ranst. 2012. Effet in vitro de la roche verte de Gangila sur les propriétés physico-chimiques des sols sableux de l'hinterland de Kinshasa (RD Congo). Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 92(5) : 787-791.
• B.B. Mujinya, F. Mees, H. Erens, M. Dumon, G. Baert, P. Boeckx, M. Ngongo, E. Van Ranst. 2013. Clay composition and properties in termite mounds of the Lubumbashi area, D.R. Congo. Geoderma. 192 : 304-315.
• R.K. Kasongo, A. Verdoodt, P. Kanyankogote, G. Baert, E. Van Ranst. 2013. Response of Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) to coffee waste application on a humid tropical sandy soil. Soil Use and Management 29(1) : 22-29 (Doi: 10.1111/sum.12006).
• Y.D. Botula Manyala Ilanga, W. Cornelis, G. Baert, P. Mafuka, E. Van Ranst. 2013. Particle size distribution models for soils of the humid tropics. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 13(4) : 686-698.
• E. Kearsley, T. de Haulleville, K. Hufkens, A. Kidimbu, B. Toirambe, G. Baert, D. Huygens, Y. Kebede, P. Defourny, J. Bogaert, H. Beeckman, K. Steppe, P. Boeckx, H. Verbeeck. 2013. Lower forest carbon stocks in the heart of the Congo Basin related to tree height. Nature Communications 4, Article number 2269, doi:10.1038/ncomms3269
• W. Hubau, J. Van den Bulcke, P. Kitin, F. Mees, G. Baert, D. Verschuren, L. Nsenga, J. Van Acker, H. Beeckman. 2013. Ancient charcoal as a natural archive for paleofire regime and vegetation change in the Mayumbe, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Quaternary Research, 80(2) : 326-340.
• A. Ho, H. Erens, B. Mujinya Bazirake, P. Boeckx, G. Baert, B. Schneider, P. Frenzel, N. Boon, E. Van Ranst. 2013. Termites facilitate methane oxidation and shape the methanotrophic community. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(23) : 7234-7240.
• B. Mujinya Bazirake, M. Adam, P. Mees, J. Bogaert, I. Vranken, H. Erens, G. Baert, M. Ngongo, E. Van Ranst. 2014. Spatial patterns and morphology of termite (Macrotermes falciger) mounds in the Upper Katanga, D.R. Congo. Catena, 114 : 97-106.