BACELL is the umbrella organization for integration and dissemination of European Bacillus research.
Close to 30 years of EU and national funding have placed the European Bacillus community at the forefront of bacterial post-genomics research world-wide. This community has been described as a model community for a model organism. European research groups and industries are global leaders in the development and commercial exploitation of Bacillus technology.
A major success-determining factor has been EU and national funding of integrated multi-partner programmes. The BACELL umbrella organisation was established to facilitate strong interactions and communication between these programmes. Furthermore, research centres participating in BACELL have leading positions in the study of dangerous pathogens, including staphylococci, streptococci, and Listeria monocytogenes.
A direct industrial benefit of the BACELL network will be to help maintain Europe’s competitive market position in the face of global competition. Therefore, the BACELL community is supported and advised by the Bacillus Industrial Platform (BACIP). BACIP includes the largest producers of recombinant organisms and their products worldwide (annual turnover about €2 billion).
BACELL’s annual meeting brings together researchers from academic and industrial institutions who share a common interest in the biology and applications of bacilli. The latest meeting has been held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in April 2019.