Mission

What we do and how we do it.

  • We research many aspects of the dynamic interactions between plants and their environment with a special emphasis on water and carbon fluxes in xylem and phloem.
  • Our projects include work on crops and trees in both man-made and natural ecosystems.
  • Our research activities range from ecophysiology to the structure and function of plants and the role of plants in the global water and carbon cycle.
  • We study the dynamic plant- environment interplay with detailed measurements of the microclimate and on the plant itself using an array of plant sensors. We also apply radioactive and stable isotope tracers and medical imaging techniques (micro-CT, MRI and plant-PET) to visualize and better understand xylem and phloem function. Spatial variability in plant functioning and stress responses is addressed with thermal imaging.
  • We develop plant models as avenues for improving our understanding on how plants grow and respond to changes in the environments they inhabit.
  • We also develop novel plant-based control and stress detection systems.



Recent news

Interesting news from our lab.

wetenschapsweek

“Tomaten geteeld met zout smaken beter”

Posted on July 12, 2017.

The doctorate of Bart Van de Wal (defended on 23rd of May 2017) got quite some media attention this past few week. Kathy was interviewed for a segment in the evening VTM news (national television channel) and an article appeared on the website of VTM (link below). Read more!




How is the weather?

Latest measurements @ 2017-08-19 07:20:00

Temperature
12.5
°C
12.3
°C
 
14.6
°C
Relative humidity
92.5
%
71.4
%
 
92.6
%
Precipitation
0.4
mm
This year: 
356.4
 mm
This month: 
41.4
 mm
Radiation
39.2
W/m2
PAR
75.8
µmol/m2/s
CO2
721.3
ppm
Wind speed
15
km/h
Wind direction
237.6
°
southwest (SW)
Air pressure
1010.9
hPa