LM-UGent was founded in 1959 by the late Prof. Dr. Jozef De Ley. Currently, a multidisciplinary team of more then 60 biotechnologists, biologists, biochemists, chemists, engineers, mathematicians, (bio-)informaticians, and technicians is working with Paul De Vos, Peter Vandamme, Anne Willems, Aurelien Carlier and Kurt Houf, in the field of microbial biodiversity, taxonomy and ecology.
The research topics are diverse and embedded in environmental, medical and food microbiology. Special interest groups of bacteria include the genera Aeromonas, Bacillus, Burkholderia, Campylobacter, and Pseudomonas, the lactic and acetic acid bacteria, flavobacteria and rhizobia. LM-UGent hosts the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection, which maintains over 20.000 strains, representing some 700 genera and 4.500 species.