XV Portuguese-Spanish Symposium on Plant Water Relations

Kathy Steppe


Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University
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Kathy Steppe is Bio-engineer, Doctor in Applied Biological Sciences and Full Professor at Ghent University. Since 2008, she manages and guides the Laboratory of Plant Ecology at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (UGent), which is specialized in applied plant ecophysiology. Kathy uses an array of plant sensors and plant models, along with medical imaging techniques, to study the dynamic responses of trees and crops to their environment. Plant water relations and carbon metabolism are jointly investigated to better understand the dynamic plant-environment interplay, with a special emphasis on drought. She is steering committee member of the UGent Agrotopia endowed chair that spearheads vertical, professional high-tech urban horticulture. In her papers, she reports on new discoveries and high-tech developments within the applied ecophysiological plant research.

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