Van de Poel Lab

Welcome to the website of the Van de Poel lab.

We are a plant science lab, affiliated with the University of Leuven, focusing on plant hormone physiology, with a special interest in ethylene. We also perform translational research on innovations in horticulture. We use molecular genetics, biochemical and physiological experiments to perform basic and applied research in the emerging fields of horticulture and agriculture.

A new LA-traject (VLAIO) grant was approved to start our research on Belgian chicory!
New growth chambers and greenhouse
The labs of our division will get new growth chambers and a brand new greenhouse. We are excited!
New book chapter:
New paper
Houben M., Van de Poel B. (2019). 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO): the enzyme that makes the plant hormone ethylene. Frontiers in Plant Science 10: 685.  


New paper
Tarkowski L.P., Van de Poel B., Hofte M., Van den Ende W. (2019). Sweet immunity: inulin boosts resistance of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) against Grey Mold (Botrytis cinerea) in an ethylene-dependent manner. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20: 1052. 


In collaboration with the University of Aruba, we will investigate the potential of indoor vertical farming to enable sustainable and locally produced fruits and vegetables.

We investigate how the plant hormone ethylene controls photosynthesis in tomato using molecular biotechnology.


Van de Poel Lab


University of Leuven

Department of Biosystems

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