Research Unit


19 April 2019 → Ongoing
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Research disciplines
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal welfare
    • Agricultural animal husbandry
    • Agricultural animal nutrition
    • Agricultural animal production not elsewhere classified
    • Agricultural plant protection
    • Agrochemistry and fertilisers
    • Crop science
    • Agricultural plant production not elsewhere classified
    • Agribusiness
    • Agricultural hydrology
    • Agricultural land management and planning
    • Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling
    • Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
    • Agricultural technology
    • Farm and rural management
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
    • Agricultural animal breeding and biotechnology
    • Agricultural plant breeding and biotechnology
    • Animal health engineering
    • Fisheries breeding and biotechnology
    • Forestry breeding and biotechnology
    • Biotechnology for agricultural, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Aquaculture
    • Post-harvest fisheries technologies
    • Sustainable fishery management
    • Fisheries sicences not elsewhere classified
    • Agrofood mechatronics
    • Food and additive engineering
    • Food chemistry and molecular gastronomy
    • Food fermentation
    • Food microbiology
    • Food packaging, preservation and safety
    • Food physics
    • Food sensory sciences
    • Food technology
    • Post harvest technologies of plants, animals and fish (incl. transportation and storage)
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology not elsewhere classified
    • Forest protection
    • Forestry management and modelling
    • Silviculture and agroforestry
    • Wood and forest biomass processing
    • Forestry sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Horticultural crop production
    • Horticultural crop protection
    • Horticultural production not elsewhere classified
    • Other agriculture, forestry, fisheries and allied sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Animal health engineering
    • Laboratory animal medicine
    • Veterinary anaesthesiology, analgesia, and intensive care
    • Veterinary anatomy, morphology and (clinical) pathology
    • Veterinary conservation medicine, preventive medicine and hygiene
    • Veterinary embryology
    • Veterinary epidemiology
    • Veterinary ethics and ethology
    • Veterinary genetics
    • Veterinary herd health management
    • Veterinary immunology
    • Veterinary internal medicine and pathophysiology
    • Veterinary law and legislation
    • Veterinary medical imaging
    • Veterinary microbiology
    • Veterinary neurology
    • Veterinary nutrition
    • Veterinary oncology
    • Veterinary ophthalmology
    • Veterinary pharmacology and toxicology
    • Veterinary physiology, pathophysiology and biochemistry
    • Veterinary public health and food safety
    • Veterinary reproduction and obstetrics
    • Veterinary surgery
    • Zoological medicine
    • Veterinary medicine not elsewhere classified
    • Other veterinary sciences not elsewhere classified
    • Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences not elsewhere classified
All over the world, consumers are fond of Belgian chocolates. Their superior quality and taste is based on the skills, craftsmanship and devotion of their producers. This has inspired researchers of Ghent University to explore the wonders of chocolatescientifically. Over the past decades, they have built up scientific expertise and have developed an analytical toolbox for chocolate-related research. All this has resulted in 2012 in the founding of the UGent spin-off Cacaolab bvba, a unique small-scale experimental chocolate and fillings production facility. Combining fundamental knowledge with a strong partnership with the industry, Cacaolab aims to create innovative chocolate products and processes and to stimulate the export potential of chocolate producers.