The greenhouse horticultural sector in The Netherlands is world leading. The sector is highly innovative and is continuously in search for new knowledge. This demands for a strong horticultural chair group at Wageningen University.
It is our mission to conduct high quality fundamental research and educating students. We want to provide the scientific basis that is required for sustainable crop production and high product quality in horticulture.
We want to explore and exploit the physiology of plants. Our research focus is on how physiological processes in crops, plants and plant organs interact with the abiotic environment and how this affects crop production and product quality. Using a systems analytical approach, questions from horticultural practice are translated into fundamental research topics, aiming to explain mechanisms. These questions can be related to improving yield and pre- and post harvest quality, energy saving, and efficient water use. In this way the research and education will also contribute to sustainably feeding the world with healthy high-quality products.
Chair Horticulture and Product Physiology: Inaugural address