Next Generation Sequencing – ER
Profile and Identify Dominant Members of a Microbial Community
Environmental bioremediation is a complex process mediated by the diverse metabolic activities of various indigenous microorganisms functioning in consortia and communities and impacted by site-specific geochemical factors. Bioremediation mechanisms include metal/radionuclide reduction, degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls, and denitrification to name just a few.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis is a high-throughput DNA-based technique that offers the advantages of scalability and speed in providing in-depth resolution of microbial community members in contaminated environments. No other technique yet developed provides more comprehensive characterization of the microbial community in an environmental sample and best answers the question: Who is there?
The pie chart below depicts a microbial community profile from a field sample. Identification of specific bacteria and their potential roles in environmental bioremediation are highlighted in the call out boxes.