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 organised - a powerful resource. CMET focuses on the optimal management of these microbial resources (Microbial Resource Management, MRM) enabling us to develop novel products and processes to improve our environment or human health in the most sustainable way. More specifically, CMET applies this approach in the fields of applied microbial ecology, functional food and feed, medical microbial ecology, risk assessment, biomaterials and nanotechnology, water treatment, aquaculture, bio-energy, and soils and sediments.

The CMET research group comprises a staff of about 65 academics and is part of the Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology of the Ghent University. On this website you will find all information on CMET research, education and services. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.




BITS-Pilani K.K. Birla Goa campus and Ghent University have developed a novel technology relying just on electricity to disinfect wastewater and thus limit the risk to inhabitants around open drains.


During the Public Meeting of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, our Prof. Korneel Rabaey received the prestigious prize 'Laureates of the Academy' in the category ‘Technical Sciences'. Prof.


In domestic sewage, there are various organic substances, mainly from toilets and kitchens, containing lots of energy. Dr. Francis Meerburg of CMET developed a fast variation of the contact-stabilization process, in which he starves the bacteria periodically as a 'fasting regimen'.