Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology (IBMB)

img ibmbOverall mandate

The Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology (IBMB) is mandated to conduct excellent and world class multidisciplinary research into solving relevant health problems in South Africa associated with food/ water safety, mycotoxicology, oxidative stress, community health and chemoprevention through integrated research in biotechnology, while encouraging the development of key scarce skills in areas such as biocatalysis and nanobiotechnology in the realisation of South Africa’s bio-economy strategy.

Services offered by the IBMB

  • Sales and On-line Ordering of Analytical Standards (Note: Bank costs are not included)
  • Fusarium verticillioides culture material
  • Mycological determination of food-borne fungi
  • Consultation services regarding food-borne fungi and their toxins

To order Mycotoxin analytical standards (FB1, FB2 and FB3) online, use our order form. Please complete the form and email it to Prof Gelderblom (, Hanneke Alberts ( and Gail Imrie (

Background and rationale

Biotechnology was identified as one of the applied research focus areas that should be developed in South Africa by the Department of Science and Technology and to date, is still considered to be a scarce skill. Since Biotechnology entails the application of living systems or components in the development of products or processes for a specific use, it is known to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, with a specific focus on the development of products or processes that could be of importance for socio-economic development.

The Biotechnology industry and Biotechnology research at tertiary institutes will play a key role in South Africa’s bio-economy approach, with a move towards the sustainable management of natural resources and the production of bio-based products, which can ultimately lead to improved public health and the mitigation of climate change, while contributing to the balanced development of the South African society as a whole. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has identified Biotechnology and the Bio-economy as a research focus area for its Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Blueprint (launched in 2012), which is aimed not only towards the development of the institution, but also towards playing a key role in answering the grand challenges identified for the Western Cape Province, South Africa, the African continent and the world as a whole.

Until recently, Biotechnology-based research at CPUT fell within the categories of Industrial Biotechnology (research performed by the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Research Group (BTB) and Medical Biotechnology (Faculties of Health and Wellness and Applied Sciences) including the Oxidative Stress Research Centre (OSRC) amongst others. From March 2014, as part of the newly established IBMB at CPUT, the research capacity in Biotechnology of the former multidisciplinary research team of the Programme of Mycotoxins and Experimental Carcinogenesis (PROMEC Unit) of the MRC was included in the Mycotoxicology and Chemoprevention (MCP) focus area of the institute. The research team of the former PROMEC Unit include internationally acknowledged expertise in the fields of Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Molecular Biology, Analytical Chemistry, Physiology, Biochemistry, Nutritional epidemiology and Chemoprevention. The establishment of IBMB consolidates the scientific expertise in the focus area of BTB, OSRC and MCP that will enhance Biotechnology-based research already established at the CPUT and further develop the institution’s status as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field. A great scope for research capacity development is also realised through the training of personnel as well as pre- and postgraduate students and scientists from South Africa, Africa and overseas. All the research is conducted with the vision of “building a healthy nation through research” in accordance with the principles of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations member states.

Contact us

Prof WCA (Blom) Gelderblom
BTB building, Bellville Campus
+27 21 938 0286