Greenhouse at Agricultural Solutions Site in Research Triangle Park, North America
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Research in Belgium

Belgium plays an important role in BASF's R&D activities, particularly in the development of innovative solutions in the field of plant biotechnology.

Crop Design - The fine art of gene discovery

CropDesign, a biotech company with a proven track record in plant phenotyping, combines a unique automated smart greenhouse designed for deep and high-throughput phenotyping of numerous plant species with automated state-of-the-art data acquisition technologies and advanced statistical and computational analysis. Our facilities allow the evaluation of plant growth effects for different growth regimes, as well as screening of chemicals or biologicals. In addition, plants are used as sensors for testing innovative materials with agricultural applications. Furthermore, CropDesign engineers are developing novel sensors for monitoring plant growth or soil quality, which can be readily linked to in-house developed, user friendly apps.


Over more than 20 years, CropDesign has built a strong expertise in the molecular analysis of plant growth through its ASAP (Automated Spraying And Phenotyping) phenotyping platform, for gene identification, plant engineering, and for detailed phenotypic analysis of plants. This has resulted in the creation of a high value functional genomic knowledge database for plant yield traits. Combined with the company’s know-how in automated plant treatment and screening, imaging and data processing, CropDesign can provide solutions for various agronomic problems.


CropDesign, founded in 1998 as a spin-off from the VIB and Ghent University, is part of BASF Plant Science.

Kerrebroek 66B; 9850 Nevele