Micobial Species Identification

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Sound Science and Service:

Traditionally, identification of microorganisms is based on phenotypic characteristics such as morphology, Gram staining and biochemical reactions. The present status of the taxonomy of microbial species in Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (2nd ed) is mainly based on comparative genetic analysis of the nucleotide sequences of the small subunit ribosomal RNA that is contained in all microorganisms. DNA sequence analysis is widely considered to be the best genotypic method for microbial species identification.

At Laboratory Services, University of Guelph, we conduct routine identification of "unknown" samples (bacteria, yeasts and fungi) using DNA from the microorganisms. You will receive objective, reproducible and cost-effective results rapidly without relying on growth, biochemical reaction and prior knowledge of the organism (e.g. Gram stain).

Expertise and Experience:

Laboratory Services has been providing microbial Identification services to academic, industrial and government clients for the past 15 years. The sequence generation and data interpretation are performed on a variety of sample types.  Our career scientists provide scientific and technical advice to our clients for solving difficult problems such as identifying fastidious species and species within a population.  

High Quality Results:

Laboratory Services is accredited to the international quality standard ISO/IEC 17025 for many specific tests listed on our scopes of accreditation and follows good laboratory practices. We can deliver accurate results from a wide range of starting materials, including pure cultures, and food or environmental samples. Our data has been used often to identify contaminants and in scientific publications and patent applications.

Fast Turn Around Times:

With pure cultures, clients can receive their results within 3-5 business days.

Competitive Pricing and Volume Discounts:

Please contact us for any specific project needs.

More Than a Single Species ID:

Laboratory Services also provides analysis of microbial population profiling in a complex sample, identifying a high percentage of species in samples by deep sequencing of targeted genomic regions of microorganisms.

Please contact us at aflinfo@uoguelph.ca or 519-767-6299 for more details regarding this testing.