Applied microbiology is concerned with the use of microorganisms to produce vehicle fuels, renewable fuels, materials and food products. It also involves the development of methods for rapid detection of, for example, pathogenic microorganisms in food.
The Division of Applied Microbiology is part of the Department of Chemistry at LTH, and is responsible for teaching this subject in the programmes for Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering. The Division also contributes to the international Master’s course, Bio- and Food Technology.
Research in the Division is directed towards the development of microorganisms (yeast and bacteria) for industrial processes, for the more efficient production of fuel alcohol, hydrogen, lactic acid for the production of polymers, and polysaccharides as thickening agents. Modern systems biology provides information on the genes, proteins and metabolites of microorganisms. This information is then used in genetic engineering to construct new microorganisms that are tailor made for a specific industrial environment.
Systems biology also forms the basis for research into the conditions required for the development of virulence in pathogenic bacteria.
Division for Applied Microbiology