In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPBO announces the postponement of the 2020 edition of the summer course to 2021.



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Potato in Africa

The fact series “potato in Africa” provides all essential information on the challenges and potential on potato cultivation in Africa. We discuss potato cultivation on the African continent and elaborate on the diverse challenges and opportunities to potato cultivation and variety improvement that can contribute to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable agriculture.

LEAP-Agri project


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Marc and Nora Van Montagu Fund

The aim of the Fund is to foster project development and partnerships with Africa

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We are deeply saddened to inform you that our colleague and friend, Professor Dr. Fernand Lambein, lecturer at the Faculty of Science, passed away on March 4 in Ghent.

His research focused on the biochemical synthesis pathways of abnormal amino acids with a specific interest in the biosynthesis pathway of the toxin β-ODAP present in the tropical leguminous plant Lathyrus sativa (grass pea), a crop with exceptional agronomic characteristics such as drought resistance and immersion tolerance. Over the years, he has built a strong expertise in the field with a track record of more than 150 publications (bibliography). After Fernand retired, he remained an active academic and valued member of VIB-IPBO (International Plant Biotechnology Organization) where he, among work on different projects, maintained the Cassava Cyanide Diseases & Neurolathyrism Network CCDN and published the biannual newsletter. In 2018 he received a “Life Time Achievement Award” from ICARDA (International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas).
Fernand will be missed in our team, we keep his family in our thoughts as they go through this difficult time.