Curriculum Vitae

Name:Marcel Toonen

  Dr. Marcel Toonen is Head of Laboratories at Naktuinbouw, the Netherlands.
He obtained his PhD from Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands
on embryo-forming cells in carrot suspension cultures in 1997. During his postdoc period at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany he studied the role of heat shock proteins during microspore embryogenesis. In 1998 he started working at Plant Research International, the Netherlands on improvement of industrial crops. The work covered a broad spectrum of research themes including a hemp breeding program, molecular improvement of fiber quality and chain projects to develop new fiber-based products. In 2008 Marcel Toonen became team leader R&D at Naktuinbouw. Major activities of the team are the development of detection methods for the presence of plant pathogens and the development of molecular markers for variety identification. Since 2010 he is Head of Laboratories and responsible for all five laboratories of Naktuinbouw, including plant heath testing and seed analysis.






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