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CropXR founders name institute’s Supervisory Board

The public-private consortium behind CropXR, the collaborative institute dedicated to developing more resilient plants with innovative ‘smart breeding’ methods, has formally named the new institute’s international Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board will play a fundamental role in CropXR, overseeing the general direction of the institute’s work.

Named as members of the Supervisory Board were (pictured left to right):
– Karin Metzlaff, Executive Director, European Plant Science Organisation (Brussels, Belgium)
– Geert-Jan Houben, Pro Vice Rector Magnificus AI, Data & Digitalisation, TUD (Delft, Netherlands)
– Dirk Inzé, Em. Professor, Ghent University; Scientific Director, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB (Ghent, Belgium)
– Nelleke Kreike, Lector Green Biotechnology, Hogeschool Inholland (Ede, Netherlands)
– Martin Kropff, Fmr. Global Director of Resilient Agrifood Systems, CGIAR (Montpellier, France). Mr Kropff will chair the Supervisory Board.
– An Michiels, Independent Director, AgKnowledge Partnering (Ghent, Belgium)

As a major CropXR funder, the Dutch government has appointed Susanne Sütterlin, of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, as an observer to its Supervisory Board.

About CropXR

CropXR’s mission is to make agricultural production less vulnerable to climate change and less dependent on artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides by developing and using a concept of ‘smart’, AI-assisted breeding.

CropXR is a collaboration founded by Utrecht University, Wageningen University and Research, the University of Amsterdam, Delft University of Technology, and Plantum, the umbrella organisation of Dutch-based producers of starting materials. Many other public and private partners participate in its work, including universities of applied sciences, biotechnology companies, processing industries and large and medium-sized plant breeding companies.

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