Microbiology and the Food Chain

The MICA Division develops research in fundamental and applied microbiology focused on food, animal and human health and biotechnologies.


The MICA Division studies microorganisms (bacteria, phages, yeasts, fungi, microalgae), whether they are related to food, associated with animals and humans or used in biotechnologies and environmental biorefineries. Its research objectives are to understand the functioning and improve the management and valorisation of microorganisms and microbial ecosystems. The results obtained contribute to the improvement of food quality and safety, animal and human health and welfare, and to the development of microbiology for the non-food use of biomass and of effluents and waste from the food chain.