Simultaneously quantify a multitude of key microbes and functional genes responsible for biodegradation

Biodegradation of a class of contaminants such as chlorinated solvents or petroleum hydrocarbons is mediated by a multitude of key microorganisms and functional genes and often proceeds by multiple pathways.  The predominant microorganisms and thus active biodegradation mechanisms frequently depend on the prevailing redox conditions and may vary substantially along a contaminant flow path at a given site.  Moreover, with intense investigation into microbial diversity, researchers continually discover previously unknown microorganisms, elucidate additional pathways, and identify key functional genes responsible for pollutant biodegradation at contaminant sites.  The QuantArray provides simultaneous quantification of key organisms and functional genes responsible for biodegradation of a group of contaminants and therefore more comprehensive site assessment.

QuantArray results will allow site managers to simultaneously yet economically evaluate:

  • Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation pathways
  • Biodegradation of a broader range of common co-contaminants in a single analysis (e.g. chlorinated ethenes, ethanes and methanes)
  • Potential complementary and competitive microbial poulations which may impact biodegradation

For more specific information on the Chlorinated and Petroleum QuantArrays, please see the following:

                  QuantArray-Chlor (chlorinated compounds)

                  QuantArray-Petro (petroleum compounds)

                  QuantArray-MIC (microbiologically influenced corrosion)