Ghent University | EMBRC

Ghent University

History:

Ghent University members of the Belgian EMBRC node joined forces in 2012, under the umbrella of Marine@UGent, a multidisciplinary marine research consortium building a bridge between Ghent University and Flanders Marine Institute.

Mission and research:

The mission of the consortium is to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research and education on marine ecosystems, providing a strong knowledge base to support ecosystem-based management of marine resources for current and future generations.

Marine facilities:

Climate rooms and aquaculture facilities (including larval culture); analytical, culturing and experimental facilities.; flux experiment facilities equipment (benthic stirring chambers for permeable sediment incubations; traditional incubation chambers); respiration measuring equipment (optode technology, electrode technology).

BCCM/DCG Diatoms Collection is a public collection which maintains well-characterised, documented strains of marine and freshwater diatoms, including new model species for molecular and biotechnological research.

BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection is a public collection which maintains > 25.000 strains representing some 500 genera and 3500  species.

Microalgae: extensive research collection containing thousands of strains of marine and freshwater microalgae.

Macroalgae: living culture collection of marine macroalgae (green seaweeds and Dictyota).

Platforms:

Experimental platforms and integrated omics platforms for biodiscovery and characterization/ecosystem functioning. Fully equipped laboratory for fatty acid extraction and GC-MS. Respiration measuring equipment (optode technology, electrode technology).

State-of-the-art microalgae culturing facilities including growth chambers, photobioreactors (up to 100l), Imaging PAM, Microscopy PAM, fully equipped molecular lab (sequencing, qPCR, cloning, mutagenesis); Telemetry equipment; ICP-OES (metal concentrations in water and sediments); Malvern Particle Size Analyzer; Nutrient-analysis; HPLC; SEM; TEM.

Units equipped for histological sectioning and staining techniques, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence techniques,  bacteriology and virology, bacterial colony picker and  cell culture manipulations.

Main marine models:

Model organisms include ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi; nematodes (e.g., Pellioditis mediterraneaRhabditis ehrenbaumi); crustaceans (e.g., Microarthridion littoraleParamphiascella fulvofasciata, Crangon crangonArtemia: biobank of  Artemia cysts); polychaetes (e.g., Scolelepis squamataLanice conchilega); bivalves (Abra albaMytilus, Ostrea).

Special partnerships:

EMBC+ (International MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation); MARES (Doctoral programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation).

Research topics: 

Broad range of marine biological research including:

1. Benthic ecology, macrobenthos and marine food webs

2. Macroevolution

3. Developmental biology

4. Marine biodiversity

5. Global change biology

6. Biogeochemistry

7. Aquaculture, electrofishing and host-microbe interactions