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.

ECPHS in Palermo from 12-13 May

ECPHS in Palermo from 12-13 May

Posted on May 18, 2016.

From 12 to 13 May Bart, Fran, Hans and Jonathan attended the European Conference of Post Graduate Horticulture Scientists in Palermo (Italy). Bart was invited to co-chair the presentations, Fran and Jonathan gave a talk and Hans presented a poster. Read more!




How is the weather?

Latest measurements @ 2016-09-27 08:50:00

Temperature
12.3
°C
10.7
°C
 
13
°C
Relative humidity
74.5
%
74.5
%
 
85.3
%
Precipitation
0
mm
This year: 
609.8
 mm
This month: 
12.5
 mm
Radiation
139.5
W/m2
PAR
341.8
µmol/m2/s
CO2
747.9
ppm
Wind speed
4.6
km/h
Wind direction
159
°
south (S)
Air pressure
1022
hPa