All Projects running and past

Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Peter Vandamme, Prof. Dr. Geert Huys    Funding partner: BOF-UGent
01/01/2008 to 31/01/2012

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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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2011

The project aims at examining the exploration and exploitation of microbial research commons by bundling the contributions and intelectual property rights in sharing biological information. Further development of strainInfo.net bioportal that is regarded as a working model system to test...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Anne Willems    Funding partner: FWO
01/01/2008 to 31/12/2011

Endosymbiotic bacteria are reported to be of common occurrence in coenocytic green algae and may be associated with various metabolic functions. In Bryopsis bacteria are present at every stage of development including the gametes, indicating that the endosymbionts are vertically...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Geert Huys    Funding partner: IWT
01/10/2007 to 31/12/2011

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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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Anne Willems, Prof. Dr. Peter Dawyndt    Funding partner: BOF-UGent
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2011

A molecular inventory of rhizobia from Belgian leguminous plants will be made. A collection of local rhizobia will be assembled. After initial screening by RFLP, identification will be achieved by multi-locus sequence analysis of housekeeping genes. Reference organisms will be included...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Paul De Vos    Funding partner: IWT
01/09/2007 to 31/08/2011

The project aims at studying the effect of cooling on the development of psychrotrophic pseudomonads in raw milk and also the relation between enzyme excretion by this psychrophilic microbiota, and the milk quality. A culture-independent detection method for the follow up and the...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Anne Willems    Funding partner: Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid
01/01/2009 to 30/06/2011

This project is aimed at sampling representative habitats (potentially) containing microorganisms in an area of 200 km around the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Base (PES), Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. In particular it will involve two exploratory field campaigns in an area of about...

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Promotor(s): Prof. Dr. Anne Willems    Funding partner: Belgian Science Policy Office
15/12/2006 to 31/01/2011

AMBIO will determine the microbial diversity, community composition and taxonomic turnover in permanently and seasonally wet habitats (lakes, cryoconites and seepages) across Antarctica, and assess the relative importance of ecological versus historical factors in explaining the...

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