Jérôme Degreef

Directeur scientifique Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Department: Research
Speciality : fungal taxonomy
Research themes : Ethnomycology in Africa

Contact: jerome.degreef@botanicgardenmeise.be
Phone: +32 2 260 09 54

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Jérôme Degreef

I manage the 30 staff members from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles collaborating in the achievement of the Meise Botanic Garden missions. In addition to my team leader activities and administrative tasks, my research focuses on the tropical fungi with a special interest in the edible African species and the valorization of these ecosystem services for development. I namely co-authored field guides for identifying the most commonly consumed fungi in central African dense forests and South-Eastern African miombo.

With the permanent aim to increase the local mycological expertise and the knowledge of fungal diversity in Africa, I regularly organize workshops and field trainings in the region and I supervise research of local students. I am also eager to share this important scientific data by editing and promoting the Fungus Flora of Tropical Africa, the only taxonomical series specifically dedicated to African mushrooms and now available online www.FFTA-online.org. With the support of the Network of the mycologists from the African Great Lakes region, we launched the www.EFTA-online.org annotated database, the first website ever dedicated to the edible fungi of tropical Africa.


  • PhD, Gembloux Agricultural University, Belgium, 1998     
  • Agronomist Ir, Gembloux Agricultural University, Belgium, 1995

Employment history

  • Scientific Director Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Meise Botanic Garden, 2014 - ongoing
  • Head of department, National Botanic Garden, Belgium, 2006-2013
  • Senior Scientist, National Botanic Garden, Belgium, 1999-2005


Professional activities

  • Staff management
  • Research in taxonomy and valorization of African fungi (2006 – ongoing)
  • Database & website manager Edible Fungi of Tropica Africa (2017 – ongoing)
  • Co-editor AbcTaxa series (2006 – ongoing)
  • Editor Fungus Flora of Tropical Africa (2007 - ongoing)
  • Associate editor Plant Ecology and Evolution (2010 – ongoing)
  • Scientific collaborator, ULiège-Gembloux (2001 - ongoing)
  • Scientific collaborator, ULB (2019 - ongoing)

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