Molecular Analysis
Environmental Studies

The huge range of applications of DNA sequencing techniques is found in all kinds of environmental studies.

Public and private organizations, concerned with environmental protection, can turn to Smallomics for the comprehensive study of the environmental impact of human activities, and in particular for:

  • Industrial activity of any kind,
  • Extreme weather conditions,
  • Intensive agricultural activity,
  • Urban waste water and garbage accumulation.

These are just a few examples of cases that can significantly and negatively affect the functioning of an ecosystem, endangering the quality of life of humans and other living organisms (animals, plants).

How is it done?

Scientific community has clearly concluded that the presence or absence of specific microbes is the most important factor in disrupting the proper functioning of an ecosystem.

At Smallomics we can comprehensively map the microbial composition of a sample.

With this data we are able to determine those mechanisms that lead to environmental degradation and propose corrective interventions.

A) Environmental Monitoring

With a long-term plan for systematic monitoring and evaluation of water quality, maximum quality is achieved.

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 in a timely manner.

It is a dynamic process as a database is created, 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, systematic monitoring can be applied to:

1) Water

  • Drinking water
  • Cleaning water
  • Wastewater/Biological treatment
  • Aquatic environmental ecosystems (rivers, lakes)

2) Soil

  • Agricultural soils
  • Landfills

3) Vegetation

Β) Polymerase Chain Reaction (realtime – P.C.R.)

Over the last years, we have all become familiar with this particular molecular technique. It is already applied to a wide range of analyses based on the qualitative and quantitative determination of genes.

P.C.R. has the advantage of offering speed, reliability and competitive costs.

Indicatively listed are some P.C.R. analysis capabilities applied by Smallomics:

  • Qualitative and quantitative determination of pathogenic and allergenic microorganisms (E. Coli, Shigella, Salmonella, Fungi, Campylobacter etc.)
  • Detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Detection of Antibiotic Resistant Genes (ARGs)