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Study of the dominant colon microbiota with cystic fibrosis patients.

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme, Prof. Dr. Geert Huys BOF-UGent

This study aims to characterize the predominant members of the intestinal flora of a group of cystic fibrosis patients and to compare these with the microbiota of siblings without the cystic fibrosis phenotype. The effect of frequent and combined antibiotic use on the develoment of...

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Study of the functional genomics of Arcobacter species

Prof. Dr. Kurt Houf, Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme Prof. Dr. Kurt Houf


Sustainable methanotrophs: from ecology to microbial resource management

Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos BOF-GOA

Methanotrophic bacteria play a vital role in reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane. These organisms are ubiquitous in nature and can use methane as sole carbon and energy source. This project focuses on the “microbial resource management” of methanotrophic communities. An...

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The emerging pathogen Arcobacter in humans

Prof. Dr. Kurt Houf

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The environmental niche of Burkholderia multivorans: fitness school for a cystic fibrosis pathogen?

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme BOF-UGent

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder with symptoms that are mainly evident in the digestive and respiratory tracts, but lung infections are the main cause of death. Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) bacteria have emerged as significant pathogens in cystic fibrosis patients due to...

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The relationship between microbial diversity and the unique characteristics of Flemish 'Oud Bruin' beers

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme

Currently, the microbiota in 'Oud Bruin' beer fermentations is largely unknown. Therefore, it is impossible to describe and protect these beers. The aim of this project is to characterize the microbiota and metabolites of these beers through new high-throughput technologies. This will...

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The role of photoheterotrophic and chemoautotrophic prokaryotes in the microbial food web in terrestrial Antarctica: a cultivation approach combined with functional analysis

Prof. Dr. Anne Willems, Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos FWO

In continental Antarctica, where ecosystems are dominated by microorganisms and the food webs are relatively simple, the main primary source of organic carbon (and energy) and fixed nitrogen for microbial communities is generally thought to be photosynthesis by cyanobacteria. In this...

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Top-down and bottom-up controls in benthic food webs and their importance for the dynamics and functioning of meiobenthos and bacteria.

Prof. Dr. Anne Willems FWO

In this project processes structuring complex meiobenthic communities are studied, particularly, the role of the trophic (predator-prey) relationships and indirect interactions between species. Focus is on the role of predatory nematodes and copepods as possibly selective grazers of...

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Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine benthic ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Anne Willems GOA-BOF

The combination of high biodiversity in complex, multilevel food webs and pronounced small-scale heterogeneity in abiotic, biotic and functional features makes marine sediments ideal model systems for studying biodiversity-ecosystem function relations in both in situ...

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VALORizing Andean Microbial Diversity through sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems (VALORAM)

Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos EC-FP7: VALORAM

The objectives of this project meet the call goals of exploring and valorizing Andean soil microbial diversity for the development of alternative eco-efficient technologies and crop management knowledge in order to improve the sustainability and productivity of Andean cropping systems...

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