Collaborative Research Unit

Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology

Acronym
CMET
Co-ordinator
Other information
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Microbiomes
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Microbial diagnostics
    • Microbiome
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental microorganism biotechnology
    • Industrial microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Food microbiology
    • Veterinary microbiology
Description
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.