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New tools for the unraveling of the importance of the gut microbiota.

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme

In order to monitor the possible effect of (functional) foods, medication, toxic compounds, etc… on the microbial composition of the gastro-intestinal tract or to link (predispositions to) disease with the gut microbiota, fast powerful identification tools are essential. Nowadays,...

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Novel, mass spectrometric approaches to the high-throughput characterisation of food-grade microorganisms

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme BOF-UGent

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Probiotic administration as add-on therapy in ulcerative colitis and pouchitis.

Prof. Dr. Geert Huys IWT

A probiotic strain (Bifidobacterium breve UCP0911) was selected with anti-inflammatory properties and hence, important potential in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). During well-designed clinical trials, the potential of the selected probiotic in IBD...

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Quantification and management of the microbial diversity in ecosystems.

Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos GOA-BOF

In this study a number of techniques that will evaluate bacterial diversity in ecosystems, both qualitatively and quantitatively, will be developed. The evolution of the bacterial diversity will be studied after introduction of biotic (pathogens, nitrifiers, etc.) and/or abiotic (pH,...

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Quest for gene redundancy of the denitrification pathway in Gram‐positive bacteria through whole genome sequencing.

FWO

Denitrification is an enzymatically redundant process. Previous research showed that presence of known key genes encoding relevant enzymes for the process could not be demonstrated for the majority of Gram-positive denitrifiers. This project follows the hypothesis that novel, currently unknown...

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Research and development of metabolic processes.

Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos
The research group aims to formalize existing research and education collaborations and to further expand them, so that the common research potential may be enhanced. The research lines are situated in the field of industrial biotechnology. Specific lines of research are related to:
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Role of free-living protozoa and biofilm formation on the evolution and persistence of foodborne pathogens in natural and food-related environments

Prof. Dr. Kurt Houf BOF-Joint PhD

The project studies the mechanisms underlying settling and persistence of pathogens in biofilms and to identify gene targets that facilitate inter-specific synergistic and antagonistic effects. This will facilitate the understanding of the interactions of pathogens within a multi-species setting...

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State-of-the-art techniques for the study of microbial biodiversity patterns in East Antarctica.

Prof. Dr. Anne Willems BOF-UGent

Two state-of-the-art methods for the study of microbial communities will be implemented for use on Antarctic environmental samples: Automated Ribosomal Spacer Analysis (ARISA) and parallel-tagged pyrosequencing of ribosomal RNA genes. ARISA permits a thorough comparison of the microbial...

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State-of-the-art techniques for the study of microbial biodiversity patterns in East Antarctica.

Prof. Dr. Anne Willems BOF-UGent

Two state-of-the-art methods for the study of microbial communities will be implemented for use on Antarctic environmental samples: Automated Ribosomal Spacer Analysis (ARISA) and parallel-tagged pyrosequencing of ribosomal RNA genes. ARISA permits a thorough comparison of the microbial...

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String test: a new tool to improve the diagnosis of tuberculosis and the detection of drug resistance in children

Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme Damien Foundation

String test: a new tool to improve the diagnosis of tuberculosis and the detection of drug resistance in children

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