Introduction to Microbiomes

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09.00-10.30 – Microbiomes – general introduction

In this general introductory part we will present a state-of-the-art overview of recent insights into what microbiomes are, why they play a pivotal role in the functioning of natural and anthropogenic ecosystems, and why microbiome research is important and relevant for biodiversity, ecosystem & Blue Growth research.

10.30-10.45 – Coffee break

10.45-13.00 – Microbiome methodologies - from high-throughput cultivation to the omics

An overview will be given of the modern tool box that is available for studying the diversity and functionality of microbiomes, with emphasis on high-throughput cultivation and strain preservation and characterization methods (e.g. MALDI-TOF MS), genome sequencing, amplicon and marker gene sequencing, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics and DNA- and RNA-stable isotope probing.

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

14.00-15.30 – Microbiome methodologies: demo’s and case studies

Analytical approaches for organizing, processing and analyzing omics data will be demonstrated. Case studies of microbiome research carried out in the organizing labs will be presented to give a taste of the potential of microbiome research in fundamental and applied research.

15.30-15.45 – Coffee break

15.45-17.00 - Microbiome methodologies: demo’s and case studies (cont’d)

Contact Person: Tim Verstraeten (


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0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology


Venue: Campus Ledeganck
Gent, Belgium


Open from
11 Apr 2018 to 22 May 2018



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