- 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’?
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.
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
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.
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'.