UGENT is a member of the Belgian EMBRC node, having joined forces in 2012 under the umbrella of Marine@UGent, a multidisciplinary marine-research consortium building a bridge between Ghent University and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Its mission is to conduct interdisciplinary fundamental and applied research, to provide knowledge-based support for ecosystem-based management of marine resources for current and future generations, and to provide high-level education for the next generation of marine scientists. 


  • Ecosystems of the Southern Bight of the North Sea, Eastern Channel and Westerschelde estuary


Ecosystem access

  • Other ecosystem access (On-site and remote service)
    • Access to the intertidal Westerscheldt estuary
  • Ecosystem access to the North Sea Is via the MSO/VLIZ ecosystem access: apply to them for these services. 


Biological resources

  • Biobanks (On-site and remote service)
    • European Macroalgal samples, meio- and macrofaunal sample series from southern bight of North sea
  • Culture collections (On-site and remote service)
    • Bacteria, Diatoms, Nematodes, Macroalgae
  • Species collected upon request (On-site and remote service)
    • Meio- and macrofauna from the southern bight of North sea, nematodes and benthic species from westerscheldt estuary


Technology platforms

  • Imaging (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Physiology (PAM) imaging, Cell tracking, SEM, morphology, and microscopy services
    • Lab for Protistology and Aquatic Ecology
    • The Artemia Reference Centre
  • Molecular biology and omics (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Marine bacterial platform, marine molecular platform
    • Molecular analysis optimised for high-throughput analysis
  • Structural and chemical analysis (On-site and remote service)​​​​​​​
    • Artemia, fatty acid, methyl ester separation, grain size, pigment, nutrient
    • This infrastructure allowing a complete biochemical screening of marine organisms
  • Other technology platforms (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Histopathology
    • Gnotobiotic Artemia Toolbox
  • Technical staff for assistance or hands-on analysis


Expert advice

  • Other expert advice (On-site service)​​​​​​​
    • Fish health


Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University
Campus Sterre S8, Krijgslaan 281
9000 Ghent

Liaison officers: Marleen Roelofs ( ), Shanna Vanblaere ( )

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