Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology

The Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology, led by professors Verstraete and Boon, is specialised in the study and application of mixed microbial cultures and communities. More specifically, they focus on the optimal management of microbial resources, which enables them to develop novel products and processes to improve the environmental and human health in the most sustainable way. This approach is applied in the fields of microbial ecology, functional food, medical microbial ecology, risk assessment, biomaterials and nanotechnology, water treatment, aquaculture, bio-energy, and soils and sediments. More specific marine research topics include the anaerobic microbial oxidation of the greenhouse gas methane in deep marine sediment ecosystems, bioremediation of contaminated marine sediments, simulation of the deep sea biosphere and the microbial ecology of mud volcanoes.