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Olivier Honnay

Olivier Honnay
Kasteelpark Arenberg 31 - box 2435
3001 Leuven

tel: +32 16 32 15 32 or +32163 21520
fax: +32163 21968

I am a conservation biologist with a master’s degree in agronomy and rural planning, and my research group mainly studies the effects of anthropogenic disturbances such as soil eutrophication, forest management and habitat fragmentation on plant species diversity, plant demography and plant population genetic diversity. The objective is to understand the mechanisms behind the worldwide decline of plant (genetic) diversity, and to provide practical, science-based guidelines regarding its conservation and sustainable use. As to the target species, we are increasingly focusing on plant species that may provide important ecosystem services to agriculture (for example Arabica coffee from Ethiopian rainforests). Finally, a growing part of our research is aiming at identifying mycorrhizal fungi from the soils of natural and agricultural ecosystems, such as semi-natural grasslands and orchards, through Next Generation Sequencing techniques. Here, the aim is to exploit mycorrhiza to increase the success of ecological restoration efforts, and to enhance crop productivity and tree growth.

Selected publications