Applications in Agriculture - Soil quality
Soil biodiversity, i.e. the microbiological composition of soil, is a particularly important factor in the agricultural yield of cultivated soil and thus in sustainable development.
In the absence of microorganisms in soil, that is Bacteria and Fungi, it is impossible for biogeochemical and nutrient cycles to be carried out.
More specifically, soil micro-organisms play an important role in the following:
What We Offer
Smallomics is a microbiological laboratory that uses innovative molecular techniques applied in recent years to medical and environmental studies.
At Smallomics, among other things, we innovate and specialize in techniques such as:
- Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
- Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)
Based on the above, we understand that knowledge of the composition of microbial diversity and its seasonal monitoring is a powerful weapon for agricultural production and environmental protection.
A. Mapping of the whole microbiome in a sample
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques have an advantage over conventional culture methods in that all microorganisms present are determined in relative abundance terms, including those found in low abundance and those not grown in a petri dish. No special sample preparation is required and contamination is minimised.
In short, the microbial composition of the soil is mapped and semi-quantified.
From the above information is extracted for:
Microbial Diversity Analysis Answers
Microbial diversity analysis can answer questions and discover the causes for quality degradation on its own or in collaboration with measurable quality physico-chemical parameters:
B. Environmental Monitoring
By analyzing the microbiome from specific sampling points at regular intervals, it is possible to detect/anticipate changes that may adversely affect quality and/or safety.
It is a dynamic process as it creates a database which is enriched over time with new data.
From the biostatistical analysis it is possible to trace and identify the origin of undesired changes in microbial composition.
Indicatively, monitoring can take place in the following: