About the Horticulture and Product Physiology group (HPP)

Physiology of Plants and their Products in Horticultural Systems

HPP-WU forms part of Wageningen University & Research and represents one of its oldest disciplines. Prof. J. Sprenger founded it in 1917 and it is one of approximately 90 chairs within the University. Dutch horticulture is of great importance for the national economy and has a leading position in the world. To maintain this prominent position well-trained executives and fundamental research of high quality are of vital importance.

The chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology (HPP) has a clear ambition to be among the leading (top 3) university groups on horticultural crop production and post-harvest quality in the world. The mission of the chair group is to provide the scientific foundation for sustainable crop production and high product quality in horticulture.

HPP explores and exploits the physiology of plants. The 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 also contributes to sustainably feeding the world with healthy high-quality products.
HPP is the only academic group focused on horticulture in the Netherlands. The combination of pre- and post-harvest physiology of horticultural crops as well as the combination of experimentation and process-based modelling gives the HPP group a unique position in academic horticultural research worldwide.

The Horticulture and Product Physiology group offers several courses for the BSc programme Plantenwetenschappen and for the MSc programme Plant Sciences. Every year many students from all over the world enroll in our International Master course 'Greenhouse Horticulture'.

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