Horticultural sciences

Horticultural Sciences & Crop Physiology (Prof. dr. ir. Marie-Christine Van Labeke)

Kiwiberry (MSc. Filip Debersaques)

 

Horticultural Sciences & Crop Physiology (Prof. dr. ir. Marie-Christine Van Labeke)

Research Mission

The group conducts research on horticultural crops. The focus is on crop physiology, innovative production systems including multilayer farming and quality improvement. High quality crops such as ornamentals, strawberry and leafy vegetables are our model crops.

Running projects are linked to questions related to source-sink interactions, adaptation to abiotic stress and effects of spectral light quality. Non-invasive measuring systems, biochemical and eco-physiological approaches and in certain cases molecular techniques are used to understand the plant processes.

With our work we support the economic and environmental sustainability of the horticultural sector.

Ongoing Research Projects

Publications

Kiwiberry (MSc. Filip Debersaques)

KiwiberryIn 2006, then Faculty of Biosciences and Landscape Architecture at the University College Ghent was able to introduce the commercial production of the kiwiberry (Actinidia arguta) in Flanders.

Since then the knowledge centre has been further extended in co-operation with the province of East-Flanders. The centre is now since the integration of the master programs part of the faculty of bioscience engineering of Ghent University. Besides scientific also applied research is coordinated in an international study group and information is being exchanged with growers and researchers from for instance Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.

Under the authority of the department most Belgian and Dutch kiwiberry growers (all together respectively 30 and 12 hectares) are supervised. But also growers from Germany, France, England, Portugal and Latvia make use of our cultivation supervision.

The research results are not only regularly published in technical and scientific journals but also presented on study days and scientific congresses.

 

Publications