Plant Biology

Success Story

Flourishing ecosystem of agro-biotechnology in Ghent

Today, the VIB spin-offs and the VIB research center are part of one of the world’s major agbio research and development clusters, employing over 1,000 people dedicated to plant biotechnology. The agro-biotechnology sector is mainly clustered around Ghent, with BASF and Syngenta as examples of large companies that are active in this area – each with their own specialized R&D centers.

Grand Challenges Program

The VIB Grand Challenges projects are by default induced by ‘reverse’ translational (applied research, not basic research) questions and issues that are triggered in daily practice and work backwards starting from the patient or crop.