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.)


Are you in Montreal? Make sure to check out the METLAB posters at ISME. Jane Fowler is presenting: Stable isotope probing and dynamic loading experiments provide insight into the ecophysiology of novel ammonia oxidizers in rapid gravity sand filters Nitrogen assimilation. Alex Palomo presents: Metagenomics and single-cell genomics reveal high abundance of comammox Nitrospira in a rapid gravity sand filter treating groundwater Applying -omics approaches to understand microbial functioning. And Marta Kinnunen is presenting: De novo biofilm community assembly from tap water source communities favors Nitrotoga over Nitrospira under elevated nitrite surface loading Ecological theory.

How should we interpret the processes of microbial invasion? Find out by reading our latest perspective in ISMEJ. Also just available online: "Metagenomic analysis of rapid gravity sand filter microbial communities suggests novel physiology of Nitrospira spp." identifying commamox Nitrospira as major players in groundwater fed rapid sand filter. Dive deeper in the microbial world of sand filters with our recent paper: Ecological patterns, diversity and core taxa of microbial communities in groundwater-fed rapid gravity filters.

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.

Last but not least, @MermaidITN is now live and tweeting!

MEWE 2016

We would like to invite you to the IWA Microbial Ecology in Water Engineering & Biofilms joint specialist conference . We are preparing an exciting program covering a wide range of areas, including emerging and fast-moving topics (for example, the role of viruses and the fate of antibiotic resistance genes in water engineering systems), and a number of top-notch plenary speakers. We encourage and will facilitate participation of delegates from wide geographical origins and the participation of both established and young water professionals and scientists. For more information you can visit the Mewe 2016 website.