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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News

27-11-2017

On 22 November 2017, CAPTURE (the Centre for Advanced Process Technology for Urban REsource recovery) is set to launch the CAPTURE Accelerator. This is an initiative of the CAPTURE platform, a partnership between professors from various faculties of Ghent University (UGent) and Flemish and international partners, both public and private.

21-11-2017

Lisa Miclotte has won the presentation award of the annual Gut Day symposium. 

12-10-2017

Annually, the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET) acknowledges outstanding work published by postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and industry affiliates. Xu Zhang of our group won one of the two awards: the award in the category Best Scientific Discovery 2016-2017.

01-10-2017

CMET welcomes two new Professors; Ramon Ganigué and Tom Defoirdt.

20-09-2017

Cristina Cagnetta with "Innovative strategies to maximize carbon and energy recovery from domestic wastewater", September 25th;
Bo Byloos with "The interaction of bacteria with volcanic rocks on Earth and in space", September 27th;
Eline Vanlancker with "The impact of chemotherapy on the host microbiota in the context of oral and gastrointestinal mucositis", October 13th.

12-08-2017

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

03-04-2017
  • Scientists at the Centre for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET), Ghent University have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel. Will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’?
17-03-2017

Dr. Alberto Scoma of the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) received the 2016 VLIZ North Sea Award for his research on oil degradation at high pressure.

16-03-2017

Doctoral dissertation ir. Way Cern Khor

Production of lactic acid and derivatives from grass using mixed populations

Event date: Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:00
10-03-2017

On 7 March 2017, ir. Jolien De Paepe of the center for microbial ecology and technology received the prestigious ‘Odissea’ prize for her study “Water recycling in Space: from urine to hygienic water” in the presence of jury president Viscount Dirk Frimout (Belgian astronaut and astrophysicist for ESA) and Christine Defraigne, President of the Belgian Senate.

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