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.)


18.11.2016 We received news of funding for a new project called 'DARWIN' that aims to develop a holistic understanding of the ecology of antimicrobial resistance genes across the urban water system.

In the project, METLab will collaborate with researchers in Israel (Technion), the UK (Univ. Newcastle, Univ. Birmingham), Spain (Univ. Santiago de Compostela), and DK (Univ. Cph) as well as with stakeholders managing the urban water infrastructure in the UK, Spain, and DK. This project will be funded by the JPI - AMR (the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance).

Check the effect of heterotrophs on N2O production during nitrification in our latest article in Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 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.