All Projects running and past

Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos    Funding partner: EU-FP7
01/01/2008 to 31/12/2013

EMbaRC (http://www.embarc.eu//) brings together key microbial resource centers in Europe to improve, coordinate and validate microbial resource delivery to European and International researchers from both...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme
01/01/2008 to 31/12/2013

The projects aims to develop a mass-spectrometric fingerprint for a mixed microbial population which allow real-time microbiological assessment of the fermented product, but also of the production process. Aquakefir, a simple fermented beverage produced by 'kefir grains' upon...

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Funding partner: FWO
01/01/2011 to 31/12/2013

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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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme    Funding partner: FWO
01/01/2010 to 31/12/2013

Traditional fermented foods are appreciated by the consumer for their organoleptic and health promoting characteristics. In such products it is often unclear which microorganisms and metabolites are responsible for their characteristics. The present project aims to develop and validate a...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme
01/01/2009 to 31/12/2013

Beer is a beverage with high microbiological stability because it contains insufficient amounts of oxygen and nutrients for the growth of many microorganisms. Low pH, high CO2-content, the presence of alcohol and antibacterial hop compounds ensure microbial stability. Nevertheless, beer...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Geert Huys
01/01/2010 to 31/12/2013

(Bilateral collaboration in the frame of GOA project)

The aim of this project is to investigate cases of spoilage occurring on packed and stored under chilling temperatures food products, that show low microbial contamination according to the widely applied enumeration methods...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme    Funding partner: IWT
01/10/2009 to 30/09/2013

Acidic lambic beers are the product of a spontaneous fermentation that lasts for at least two years and which is hardly characterized. Until now, quality control still consists of the follow‑up of the organoleptic evaluation of appearance, smell and taste of several casks by the brewer: seeing...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos
01/10/2007 to 30/09/2013
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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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Anne Willems    Funding partner: EC-7FP
01/05/2011 to 20/04/2013

The objectives of BRIO are:

I. to organize cooperation between specialised collections containing beneficial micro-organisms isolated from the rhizosphere, 
II. to constitute a common wide-range pool of microbial diversity exploitable for research and industry:...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme    Funding partner: FWO
01/01/2010 to 31/03/2013

The intestinal microbiota play an important role in health and disease of humans. Cystic fibrosis patients suffer from lung infections that require multiple antimicrobial therapies. In addition, their intestinal physiology and food digestion are severely disturbed. The present project will use...

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