A focused team of researchers led by Prof. Barth F. Smets, pursuing Microbial Resource Management and Engineering activities. We work at the interface between environmental engineering and microbial ecology. The main topics we explore are: the engineered nitrogen cycle, water treatment biotechnology, gene flows in microbial communities. We work from the cell scale to the communities and system scales, using complementary approaches (bioreactors operation, microscopy, molecular community description, modelling, etc.)

MRM2 conference

Interested in Microbial Resource Management? Consider attending the second MRM symposium, Sept. 7&8 2017 Ghent, Belgium.


Congratulations to Alex Palomo -Gonzalez and Carlos Domingo - Félez for having successfully defended their PhD in June! We are also happy that they remain as postdoctoral researchers in the group. Alex will continue to pursue comammox questions and Carlos will bring his knowledge on N2O dynamics to full-scale implementation (among other things).

We welcome Elena Torresi (now formally) to our group. Elena has an 'industrial postdoc stipendium', supported by the Innovation Foundation Denmark and Krüger A/S. She will spend time at Krüger and DTU and collaborate with the research groups of Prof. Henrik Andersen and ours on the optimization of microbe-catalyzed trace pollutant removal during residual water treatment.

You can see/hear us at FEMS 2017 (Valencia, July 9-13) and ICON5 (Vienna, July 23-27).

Don't forget: We are looking for a new PhD candidate!

Recent publications:

The R-code for An improved method to set significance thresholds for β diversity testing in microbial community comparisons is now also available online here and as github repository.