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Microbial Insights

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Microbial Sampling and laboratory characterisation 

Microbial Insights (MI) is an environmental biotechnology laboratory specializing in the development and application of cutting edge molecular biological tools to describe and quantify microbial populations. Since 1992, MI has become a leader in the application of nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) and lipid biomarkers (PLFA) for more effective evaluation of microbial processes ranging from bioremediation to microbiologically influenced corrosion.

Microbial Insights Australia was launched in 2013 to better serve our clients and offers a full spectrum of molecular biological tools including qPCR, QuantArray®, In Situ Microcosms (ISMs) and Stable Isotope Probing (SIP). Sample preparation and extractions are performed upon receipt at the MI Australia laboratory just outside of Adelaide eliminating international shipping.

Flagship Tools:


Quantitative polymerase chain reaction is a DNA based molecular biological tool for quantification of specific target genes or microorganisms present in an environmental sample.

2. QuantArray

QuantArray is a hybrid technology combining the highly parallel detection of DNA microarrays with the accurate and precise quantification of qPCR into a single platform. For more comprehensive evaluation of biodegradation, use QuantArray to simultaneously and cost-effectively quantify an entire suite of key contaminant degrading microorganisms and functional genes.

3. In Situ Microcosms

Site managers have frequently turned to laboratory microcosms or pilot studies to evaluate bioremediation. However, duplication of in situ conditions in the laboratory is difficult and the results often do not correlate to the field. Pilot studies are often prohibitively expensive as an investigative tool. In Situ Microcosm studies serve as cost-effective, in situ microcosms providing microbial, chemical, and geochemical evidence to screen remedial alternatives.