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Our team

Sander Hogewoning PhD, director/ researcher  +31 (0)6 142 715 25
Sander is a grower’s son and has virtually been raised in a greenhouse. At Wageningen University he specialized himself in plant responses to light. During his career at university he saw that scientific knowledge often does not find its way to practice. To bridge the gap between science and practice he founded Plant Lighting in 2011.

Govert Trouwborst PhD, researcher +31 (0)6 109 900 94
Govert already worked in horticulture during childhood and that’s how his in interest in plant physiology was raised. At Wageningen University he was trained as a highly skilled photosynthesis researcher. Plant Lighting gratefully applies his knowledge.

Alex Boonman PhD, researcher +31 (0)6 198 524 81
Alex is an experienced plant physiologist (PhD Utrecht University 2005). He has a broad botanical knowledge and has specific expertise in photosynthesis and seed physiology. Alex has started his career in academics and worked for over a decade in the vegetable seed industry before he joined Plant Lighting.

Stefan van den Boogaart, MSc, researcher +31 (0)6 319 298 91
After a succesful internship at Plant Lighting, Stefan graduated for his MSc study ‘Plant Sciences’ at Wageningen University. Beside his plant physiological background Stefan is also experienced with the applied aspects of greenhouse horticulture:  Previously he acquired a bachelor’s degree at the HAS University of Applied sciences in Den Bosch. Also he has worked for many years at a tomato nursery. This background fits very well in his current function as researcher.

Ir. Esther Noordhoek (MSc.), researcher +31 (0)6 138 165 90
Esther has earned an MSc. degree in Agrotechnology at Wageningen University. She has done a successful internship at Plant Lighting on the effect of light on flowering and development of strawberry plants. After her graduation Esther joined the Plant Lighting team a plant researcher and to further develop our crop models.

Ir. Marius Bongers (MSc.), researcher +31 (0)6 521 195 00
Marius graduated for his MSc study ‘Plant Sciences’ at Wageningen University. After a successful internship at Plant Lighting on the effect of light spectrum on flowering of Gerbera, he joined the Plant Lighting research team.

Wilmar Kunz, head grower and research assistant
Wilmar is a true growth-professional with profound experience as head-grower in greenhouse horticulture. Wilmar has worked for more than 13 years in young plant nursery and pot-plant cultivation. He always had a keen interest in research. At Plant Lighting Wilmar contributes to the experimental measurements. He is also our head-grower.

Ursula van Bemmel, research assistant
Ursula is an experienced veterinary assistant and moved to plant research in 2020. Ursula is responsible for crop maintenance, measurements in plant experiments and is our office caretaker.