Short CV of Guy Smagghe

Born in 1968 in Belgium, Guy Smagghe graduated as Engineer in Agronomy (with a major in Plant Protection) from Ghent University in 1991. In 1995, he completed his PhD degree in Applied Biological Sciences on the toxicity and mode of action of a new class of biorational insecticides (ecdysone agonists). Since 2002 he is professor at Ghent University and could publish more than 500 publications. Over the years, he builded up a multidisciplinary team on sciences & technology with insects important in agriculture at the Ghent University with special emphasis on original and innovative research in insect physiology, toxicology, molecular biology, applied ecology and on mechanisms underlying the evolutionary success of insects against the plethora of chemical challenges in the environment, all with the aim for a more sustainable environment-friendly crop production. Also he has an eye for pollinators/bees and their pollination services. He has been working in and with different laboratories for instance in Europe (Spain, Switzerland, France, Finland, Estonia), the Americas (USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina), Asia (China, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam) and Africa (Algeria, Uganda, Kenia). In 2012 he was awarded as Fellow by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and he also received 3 doctor honoris causa degrees for his scientific contributions on insects important in agriculture.

The Smagghe lab is recognized as a world expert in insect research with novel pesticides of chemical and natural origin, insecticide resistance, IPM and biological control, and also for more fundamental research on the insect midgut and insect hormones and receptors. Major expertise is present also in the modern post-genomic technology of RNAi to better understand the function of gene products but also to control pest insects or increase health of beneficial insects. Different projects are funded by the EU in Horizon 2020 and others with national and international programs.

Prof. Smagghe is member of the editorial board of 14 international journals as Pest Management Science, Pesticide Biochemistry & Physiology, Journal of Insect Physiology, Frontiers in Physiology, Scientific Reports. Prof. Smagghe is member of the Belgian Superior Health Council for dossiers in respect to plant protection products and biocides. At the university, he is responsible for Master courses in themes of entomology and novel (bio)pesticides. He attended numerous IOBC-WPRS WG meetings with contributions on beneficials and pesticides.