I have blogged before on how Aster Bio has been using molecular testing to screen the biomass in wastewater systems. After starting as a way to bioprospect for new microbes in mixed environmental samples, we have discovered that Environmental Genomics testing offers a new way to monitor and troubleshoot biological waste treatment systems. We use a diverse array of molecular tools including 16s rDNA, qPCR, and whole genome sequencing to directly monitor what organisms are present including strains that do not appear on plates or those that require a mixed community for growth.
So far we have used Environmental Genomics to do the following:
As a developing and continuous improved technology platform, Environmental Genomics can be customized to almost any application where directly monitoring microbial populations is needed. Key for successful molecular diagnostics testing is the ability to take complex, raw bioinformatic data and apply it to a working treatment system.
Contact me if you have any application ideas for Environmental Genomics testing. We are very excited about the potential for improving waste treatment efficiency and lowering treatment costs.
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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