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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.


The lab was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for our research on the origin and evolution of the ethylene biosynthesis and ACC signaling pathway.

New ID-N (Interdisciplinary Network) project approved to build new real-time plant sensors.

Five new papers accepted in Plant Physiology, Plant Direct, Journal of Experimental Botany, Applied Energy and Environmental and Experimental Botany !!!

New equipment: 
Tecan Spark Multimode Microplate reader for all kinds of biological  assays using fluorescence, luminescence, VIS-NIR and UV signals.
New paper

Mohorović P., Geldhof B., Holsteens K., Rinia M., Daems S., Reijnders T., Ceusters J., Van den Ende W., Van de Poel B. (2023). Ethylene inhibits photosynthesis via temporally distinct responses in tomato plants. Plant Physiology – accepted


New paper

Reher T., Lavaert C., Willockx B., Huyghe Y., Bisschop J., Martens JA., Diels J., Cappelle J., Van de Poel B. (2024) Potential of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) and wheat (Triticum aestivum) production in vertical bifacial, tracked, or elevated agrivoltaic systems in Belgium. Applied Energy 359: 122679.


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In collaboration with the Experimental Research station in Sint-Katelijne Waver, Hoogstraeten and Roeselaere, we are investigating the effect of far-red light on tomato fruit production.

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In the ERC Consolidator Grant we will study the origin and evolution of the ethylene biosynthesis pathway of plants, and we will try to reveal the mechanism of the ACC signaling pathway of plants. We will deploy a variety of plant species to reach our goal.


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Van de Poel Lab


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