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.




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.


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.

  • 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’?

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.


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

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.


CMET is proud to announce new and exciting expertise within the group of Prof. Tom Van de Wiele. A new lab was built to facilitate the cultivation of in vitro models of host tissue, and combine them with our existing models of the human microbiome.


N-genius, the nitrogen cluster of CMET, hosted Ségolène Guinard from Labex-ARTS H2H -Université Paris 8. They’ve spent an inspiring day philosophizing about human interactions with N-cycle bacteria in space.


Ir. Benjamin Buysschaert of the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering) received the 2016 Ernest du Bois prize for his research on flow cytometry.


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.