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.




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Flanders has a long history of qualitative drinking water supply. The six water companies, united within AquaFlanders, take care of this. These companies are now, more than ever, facing major challenges. 


Waste gas valorisation via electrochemical sulfide (H2S) oxidation and biological carbon fixation


Electrochemical separation of organics and inorganics from industrial wastewaters

Event date: Wed, 03/02/2021 - 15:00

Every year, the Flanders water technology network awards young engineers for their promising research for the water industry.


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