Farewell of Prof. Em. G. L. Hennebert

Grégoire Laurent Hennebert, Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, left us on October 13, 2021, at age 91.


His profound knowledge of taxonomy, more precisely on the anamorphs, has made him one of the most respected mycologists in the world. He made essential contributions to the international code of botanical nomenclature and in particular its article 59, which specifically concerns fungi. He mastered this domain making fungal classification in anamorphs, teleomorphs and holomorphs much more comprehensive.

He was the founder and head of the Laboratory of systematic & applied mycology, co-founder and co-editor of the journal Mycotaxon and he was the driving force behind the development of the Mycothèque of the 'Université catholique de Louvain', founded in 1984.

As he was the promoter of the MUCL collection from 1968 to 1994, it was under his direction that the BCCM (Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms) were created in 1983 and that the first catalogue was published in 1989. It is still under his direction that MUCL was recognized as an international depository authority within the framework of the Budapest Treaty in 1992.



He leaves the memory of an enthusiastic researcher, who has communicated his passion to generations of younger researchers.

Thanks to him, MUCL has become and continues to be an important player in the conservation of mycological heritage, both in national and international levels,

in the fields of agro-food and the environment.