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.




Technology for thermophilic nitrogen removal from wastewater: Developing combined nitrification/denitrification and proving anammox

The public defence will take place on Friday 7th December 2018 at 17:00 in De Cirque, Bijlokesite-Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent.


Technologies for resource recovery from human urine: terrestrial and space applications

The public defense will take place on December 3, 2018 at 5 pm in the Aula of Ghent University, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent.

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Tuesday October 16th, the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology will bring together leading international researchers in the field of single cell microbial analysis at the “Single-cell Technologies for Microbial Community Characterization” mini-conference.

Event date: Tue, 16/10/2018 - 08:45 to 16:00

The research of Prof. Tom Van de Wiele and Dr. Chris Callewaert was featured in Superquark, a program by RAI.


Microbial population and community dynamics in natural and managed
freshwater systems: from methodology development to mechanistic insights

The public defence will take place on October 15th 2018 at 17:00 at the August Vermeylen room of “Het Pand”, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent.

Event date: Mon, 15/10/2018 - 17:00

Op 11 juli 2018, de Vlaamse feestdag, reikt de Vlaamse Regering eretekens uit. De bekroonden zijn uitzonderlijk verdienstelijk geweest of hebben door hun uitzonderlijke talenten bijgedragen aan het positieve imago en de uitstraling van Vlaanderen.


Impact of mucin and mucin degrading Akkermansia muciniphila on gut microbial ecology and markers for gut health.

The public defence will take place on Friday June 22nd at 17:00 in the Academieraadzaal (Hall of the Academic Board), room A 0.030 at Campus Coupure, Coupure 653, 9000 Ghent.

Event date: Fri, 22/06/2018 - 17:00

Anaerobic microbial technologies for waste valorization

Friday June 15th 16:00-17:00h, room E 1.015, Campus Coupure, Coupure Links 653, Ghent

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Event date: Fri, 15/06/2018 - 16:00 to 17:00

Cold anammox for energy-positive sewage treatment: impact of temperature and organic carbon on performance and microbiota.

The public defense will take place on May 25th 2018 at 15:00 in room E1.015 at Campus Coupure, Coupure 653, 9000 Ghent.

Event date: Fri, 25/05/2018 - 15:00

Antivirulentie therapie, een nieuwe strategie om bacteriële infecties te bestrijden

vrijdag 4 mei 2018, van 16 tot 17 uur in lokaal E1.015, Campus Coupure, Coupure Links 653, Gent

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Event date: Fri, 04/05/2018 - 16:00