16S Metagenomics

At NCIMB we use the most accurate sequencing technology to help customers understand and monitor whole bacterial communities from a range of sources and microbiomes, including human, industrial and environmental. High throughput, next generation sequencing allows genetic material recovered directly from samples to be analysed with no requirement for growth.

Bacterial Identification

Why use NCIMB's 16S Metagenomics Service?

  • We use rapid sequencing technology that helps our customers progress their projects successfully and efficiently
  • We accept a wide range of sample types
  • Expert advice available. If you are new to this kind of analysis, our expert laboratory staff can guide you through the process, tailoring the service to suit your requirements from enquiry to report.

Applications of 16S metagenomics

16S metagenomics allows whole microbial communities to be studied, and has transformed the understanding of microbial populations, and mankind's relationship with microorganisms in all kinds of ways. From gut health, to corrosion of structures in marine environments, we have a much better understanding of the microorganisms present and the impact they might be having because of this analytical technique.

Mixed cultures and complex samples from manufacturing environments

Our standard bacterial identification service is for pure isolates. We can also accept mixed cultures and other sample types such as waters, slimes and contaminated products. We can plate these out and identify isolates obtained, or our next generation sequencing lab can analyse by 16S metagenomics - this can be a useful method for mixed or complex samples as there is no requirement for growth. Turnaround times are usually 3 - 10 days. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements and the options available.

Understanding natural microbial processes

Natural microbial processes and communities play a key role in the production of many products, from coffee to biogas, yet they are often poorly understood. Our 16S metagenomics services help customers to understand the make up of the microbial communities involved in these processes, paving the way to process and quality optimisation and reproducibility. 16S metagenomics can provide a game-changing insight into the microbial populations within anaerobic digesters, bioreactors and production facilities.

Microbiome projects

NCIMB can undertake 16S metagenomics analysis for human microbiome projects and our laboratory scientists are experienced in the analysis of faecal samples.

Sample submission

Please contact us to discuss your requirements prior to shipping samples.

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