Our experts

All CropFit professors are internationally renowned for their expertise and knowhow in their domain.

Kris Audenaert

  • Plant defense molecules and plant pathogenic fungi
  • Green leave volatiles
  • Monitoring of pathogenic fungi
  • Phenotyping robot for plant phenotype analysis

Pascal Boeckx

  • N and water use efficiency of plants
  • Tropical soil fertility
  • Biochar
  • Leguminosae and rhizobium
  • Stable isotope applications

Aurélien Carlier

  • Endophytic bacteria
  • Interaction of rhizosphere bacteria and the plant

Patrick De Clercq

  • Biocontrol of arthropod pests
  • Biocontrol of greenhouse pests
  • Environmental risks of biocontrol
  • Development of rearing techniques and quality control of beneficial mites and insects
  • Compatibility of pesticides and GM crops with biocontrol

Leen De Gelder

  • Phosphor solubilizing bacteria
  • Selecting functional microbial strains
  • Quorum sensing signaling compounds
  • Bioreactors and fermentation

Kristof Demeestere

  • Chemical trace analysis of bioactive small organic molecules
  • Biofiltration and advanced oxidation processes

Stefaan De Neve

  • Soil enzyme activities
  • Phosphor and nitrogen dynamics in the plant and soil
  • Phosphor solubilizing bacteria
  • Microbial biomass in the soil
  • Biochar

Sarah De Saeger

  • Identification of new (myco)toxins
  • (Myco)toxins: prevalence and in situ detection in the field

Paul De Vos

  • Nagoya protocol
  • Phylogeny and taxonomy of bacteria
  • Fermentation of bacteria

Danny Geelen

  • Plant hormones and their relation to (root) growth
  • Chemical analogues of plant hormones
  • Molecular Breeding
  • Urban farming
  • Hydroponics

Xavier Ghellynck

  • B2B agri-food marketing
  • Optimization of the agri value chains and networks
  • Sensoric quality of food
  • Circular economy: sustainable approaches of wastes
  • Lean management

Godelieve Gheysen

  • Biocontrol of nematodes
  • Induced plant resistance against nematodes
  • Plant-nematode interaction
  • Nematode-induced plant response
  • Rice pathogenic nematodes

Geert Haesaert

  • Mycorrhiza
  • Fertilizing biostimulants and humic substances
  • Biopesticides
  • Mycotoxins
  • Cereals and leguminosae

Monica Höfte

  • Biocontrol agents
  • Secondary metabolites in Pseudomonas bacteria
  • Plant immunity and Induced resistance
  • Plant pathogen interactions
  • Rice pathogens

Tina Kyndt

  • Epigenetics and plant defense mechanisms against nematodes
  • Screening of bionematicidal molecules
  • Plant-nematode interaction
  • Biotic stress in cereals

Joos Latré

  • P solubilizing bacteria on corn
  • Grain legumes
  • Crop rotation

Sven Mangelinckx

  • Synthesis of N-heterocyclic compounds
  • Non proteinogenic amino acids
  • Plant extracts and their chemical analogues
  • Algae pheromones
  • Quorum sensing signaling compounds

José Martins

  • Cyclic lipopeptides produced by Pseudomonas bacteria
  • Solid state peptide synthesis
  • Extraction of natural compounds from complex matrices
  • Elucidation of the covalent structure of molecules via NMR
  • Determination and modelling of the 3 D structure and dynamics of molecules

Joachim Moens

  • Biocontrol of insects
  • Flower strips hosting natural enemies
  • Integrated pest management

Dirk Reheul

  • Plant breeding
  • Crop rotation

Guy Smagghe

  • Bumble bees: sustainable pollination
  • Botanical insecticides
  • Insect physiology and receptors: interaction with bioactive peptides
  • RNAi
  • Risk assessments of pesticides on bumble bees

Pieter Spanoghe

  • Formulation of biopesticides
  • Risk assessment of (bio)pesticides
  • Fate of biopesticides in crops and environment

Kathy Steppe

  • Plant responses to abiotic and biotic stress
  • Innovative plant sensors
  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Plant modelling
  • Climate change

Luc Tirry

  • Biology of noxious insects
  • Integrated control of noxious insects
  • Diagnosis of stored product pests, household and urban pests
  • Biocontrol of pests via predatory insects and mites

Els Van Damme

  • Defense related proteins
  • Carbohydrate binding proteins (lectins)
  • Interaction of proteins in the plant
  • Abiotic stress assays

Patrick Van Damme

  • Tropical mycorrhiza
  • Rhizobium and N fixation
  • Abiotic stress in tropical crops
  • Ecophysiology of plants in (semi)arid regions
  • Domestication of new tropical crops

Peter Van Damme

  • Burkholderia bacteria
  • Bacteria culture collection
  • Genotypic characterization of bacteria
  • Colony picker: high throughput isolation of rhizosphere bacteria

Dominique Van Der Straeten

  • Plant reactions to nutrient deficiency
  • Nutritional biofortification of crops
  • Plant hormones (ethylene and jasmonate) in relation to mechanical stress
  • Light and hormones: crosstalk
  • Analysis of plant volatiles

Marie-Christine Van Labeke

  • Adaptation of plants to stress
  • Effect of light on plant growth
  • Abiotic stress in horticultural plants
  • Greenhouse vegetables and strawberries

Thomas Van Leeuwen

  • Mode of action of (bio)insecticides
  • Toxicity screening of (bio)insecticides
  • Biocontrol of mites
  • Elucidation of resistance mechanisms in insects

Wim Verbeke

  • B2C marketing
  • Consumer behavior

Lieve Vermeiren

  • Food microbiology
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Food safety

Stefaan Werbrouck

  • Chemical analogues of plant hormones
  • In vitro micropropagation
  • Somatic embryogenesis
  • Temporary immersion bioreactors

Anne Willems

  • Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (PGPR)
  • Rhizobium
  • Functional biodiversity of bacteria
  • Plant pathogenic bacteria