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.




Microbial protein production by autotrophic nitrogen-fixing hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria

Event date: Mon, 12/10/2020 - 16:00

Urine treatment technologies for a circular future within and beyond terrestrial boundaries

Event date: Wed, 14/10/2020 - 17:00

Title of the doctoral dissertation: Raman microscopy for phenotyping microorganisms

Event date: Fri, 09/10/2020 - 16:00

Last February, our CMET researchers guided a class of graduate students from the KA Zottegem (, as a part of their integrated #STEM project. In theoretical classes combined with challenging calculations, students learned about the wonderful world of #microbiology.


On Wednesday 8th of January 13:00-15:00 we are organising a mini-symposium “Production & recovery of bio-based chemicals” at A0.1 Azalea, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University.

Event date: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 13:00

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