Toxigenic fungi and their associated mycotoxins: a threat for crop productivity and food safety in Sub-Sahara Africa.

– Geert Haesaert –

Biography

Geert Haesaert is full professor at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University. He is an agronomist and plant breeder involved in more than 40 national and international research projects. His research focus on sustainable crop production and –protection in moderate as well as in tropical agro-ecological zones. Recent interests are biostimulants, growth promoting – and bio-control microorganisms. Since 2002, research programs on toxigenic fungi (especially Fusarium spp.) and their associated mycotoxins are conducted. These projects focus on pre-harvest control of mycotoxins including fungal population diversity, control measures, developing of prediction models, etc.). His research in the field of breeding is focused on triticale and malting barley. He is recognised internationally as a leading expert in triticale breeding for which he has managed a dedicated breeding program for many years.
Geert Haesaert is co-founder of the MYTOX research platform (www.mytox.be) and of the consortium CropFit (www.cropfit.be). He is president of the International Triticale Association (ITA) and external expert for national and international agencies. He is also co-founder of the Ghent University spin-off company Progeno that gives data-driven breeding advice to plant breeders companies. Progeno is the results of a long-term scientific symbiosis between the department plants and crops and the department of data analysis and mathematical modelling.
Geert Haesaert is (co)-author of more than 100 international peer-reviewed – and more than 200 technical publications.