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.
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).
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 mediterranea, Rhabditis ehrenbaumi); crustaceans (e.g., Microarthridion littorale, Paramphiascella fulvofasciata, Crangon crangon, Artemia: biobank of Artemia cysts); polychaetes (e.g., Scolelepis squamata; Lanice conchilega); bivalves (Abra alba, Mytilus, Ostrea).
Broad range of marine biological research including:
1. Benthic ecology, macrobenthos and marine food webs
3. Developmental biology
4. Marine biodiversity
5. Global change biology
7. Aquaculture, electrofishing and host-microbe interactions