CMET researchers study microbial communities & interactions to better understand and steer ecological processes with an ultimate aim of improving and enabling biotechnological applications.

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) is a part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University. CMET is specialized in the study and application of mixed microbial cultures or communities. A microbial community consists of several populations, which each represent a functional biological entity and thus a diverse metabolic capacity. The assemblage of these biological entities represents -when properly organized- a powerful resource. CMET researchers focus on the optimal management of these microbial resources. We define it as Microbial Resource Management (MRM), enabling us to develop novel products and (technological) processes to improve our environment or human health in the most sustainable way.

More specifically, CMET applies this approach in the fields of Abatement & prevention of bacterial diseases, Applied microbial ecology‬‬‬‬‬, Host-microbe interaction technology, Life support systems for space‬, Microbial electrocatalysis & electrochemical engineering, Resource recovery and valorization, and Water treatment and production.

The CMET research group is part of the Department of Biotechnology and comprises about 85 academics, technical and administrative staff. On this website you will find all information about CMET research, education and services. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit us on our LinkedIn page.




Each year, CMET encourages master students to reflect on sustainability in the framework master thesis. An award is given to the student with the most in-depth and relevant proposal to improve sustainability in the lab.


Ability of a Propionate-Producing Synthetic Microbial Consortium to Restore Functionality in a Dysbiosed Human Gut Microbiome

The public defence will take place on Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 16:00 in the E2 Auditorium (E1.012), Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent.

Event date: Fri, 13/09/2019 - 16:00

Anaerobic digestion of cocoa waste within a circular economy

The public defense will take place on August 27th, 2019 at 16:00 in the Academieraadzaal of
Aula (Volderstraat 9, 9000 Ghent).

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Event date: Wed, 28/08/2019 - 16:00

Het Centrum van Microbiële Ecologie en Technologie (CMET) is op zoek naar gezonde vrijwilligers die last hebben van slecht geurende kledingstukken en/of wasmachine. We willen het probleem van ongewenste geurvorming op vers gewassen kledingstukken onderzoeken.


Electroactive biofilms: novel tools and insights towards charge storage

The public defence will take place on June 28th, 2019 at 17:00 in the August Vermeylen room of “Het Pand”, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent.

Event date: Fri, 28/06/2019 - 17:00

Electrifying biotechnology for the production of CO2-based chemicals.

The public defence will take place on June 21st, 2019 at 17:00 in the August Vermeylen room of “Het Pand”, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent.

Event date: Fri, 21/06/2019 - 17:00

Every year, the Flanders water technology network awards young engineers for their promising research for the water industry. This year, CMET’s Jorien Favere won the first price for her master thesis “Flow cytometric microbial monitoring for safeguarding drinking water quality” (2017-2018).


Both Professor Nico Boon and Professor Willy Verstraete listed as Highly Cited Researchers in 2018!


Professor Korneel Rabaey was recognised as “Fellow of the International Water Association” due to his sustained outstanding contribution to the water profession, and to delivering the IWA mission of creating a water-wise world, improving the wellbeing of societies and the environment.


Synthetic microbial communities for urine nitrification in regenerative life support systems: bottom-up design, ground optimization and spaceflights.

The public defence will take place on 19 of December 2018 at 16:30 in the Academieraadzaal
(Hall of the Academic Board), room A 0.030 at Campus Coupure, Coupure Links 653, 9000

Event date: Wed, 19/12/2018 - 16:30