qPCR Services

At NCIMB we can detect, quantify and monitor microorganisms for our customers using qPCR. Our well-equipped laboratories are located in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Our experienced scientists can:

  • provide information and advice about the options available
  • use qPCR to confirm the presence or absence of organisms in samples
  • use qPCR to provide quantitative information that allows customers to monitor change in samples over time.
qPCR testing services

Why use NCIMB for qPCR services?

Customised assays

We can develop customised assays for organisms or functional genes of interest,  as well as undertaking commonly requested tests.

Good communication

We'll keep you informed about the progress of your samples throughout the process, from sample receipt to final report.

Friendly, expert advice available

Not sure of the best approach for your samples? One of the things our customers often tell us they value about our service is the help and advice that they get from our laboratory staff. We are always happy to help you choose the right service to meet your needs.

Applications of qPCR

qPCR  is a method that can rapidly detect and quantify groups of microorganisms in many different types of samples. It is a well-known test for diagnosing infectious diseases, but it also has a range of industrial applications. For example:
  • It can be used to test for and monitor particular groups of organisms that are known to cause problems in particular environments. At NCIMB we are regularly asked to used qPCR to monitor groups of microbes known to influence corrosion in marine or oilfield environments.
  • qPCR can also be a useful tool for confirming the presence or absence of microbes that are used in microbial products and manufacturing processes.

Our customers

Our experienced scientists have experience of working with a range of sample types from customers working in a broad range of industry sectors including pharmaceutical, food, drink, and the energy sector.

What you can send

  • We accept a range of sample types, such as samples of water, swabs, slimes or contaminated products, but please contact us to discuss the options available prior to sending them.
  • NCIMB does not accept active cultures of dangerous human pathogens or organisms isolated from clinical or diseased plant materials for identification. We cannot accept isolates known to be above ACDP category 2 and ACGM class 1.

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