Horticulture and Product Physiology (HPC) is the only academic group focussed on horticulture in the Netherlands and holds a strong position in horticultural research and education in Wageningen. Topics of our research and education are: physiology, production, and pre- and post-harvest quality of vegetables, cutflowers and potplants.
The role of the Horticulture and Product Physiology group (HPC) is to foster the science of the supply chain for crops produced under protected cultivation. The focus of the group is on greenhouse horticulture and the post-harvest quality of products produced in greenhouses as well as the post-harvest quality of tropical fruit. At HPC three major Research Themes are discerned:
HPC-WU plays an important role in the education and training of future executives in the horticultural sector. Graduated horticultural students hold positions in all kind of organizations within this sector (trade organizations, auctions and inspection services), and in commercial companies (seed-growing, breeding, cultivation and supply companies). Other graduates work for government-departments (policy, consultancy), for research institutes (experimental stations and commercial laboratories) or for educational institutions (universities, higher and secondary agricultural education).