Environmental Genomics™

Next-Generation Wastewater Monitoring

Environmental Genomics™

Next-Generation Wastewater Monitoring

Quantitative PCR

Track key microbes in your system.

A quantitative (or "real-time") polymerase chain reaction is a powerful tool for detecting and quantifying microorganisms of interest, even if they can't be measured by traditional plate counts.

Sometimes you just want to track changes in a key microbe that impacts your system performance. You can with qPCR – a quick, sensitive and specific test.

Most wastewater systems misbehave in a consistent fasion - a filament that has been a problem in the past will probably be a problem in the future. With traditional wastewater monitoring tools, it's challenging to detect changes in biomass composition before an upset occurs. qPCR, lets operators operators identify changes and take corrective action before problems are obvious.

Potential Applications

  • Monitor levels of nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in nitritation-denitritation systems
  • Track problematic filaments
  • Optimize nitrate dosing for control of sulfur-reducing bacteria in collection systems

Available Tests

  • Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria
  • Ammonia-oxidizing archaea
  • Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria
  • Complete ammonia-oxidizing (COMAMMOX) bacteria
  • Denitrifying bacteria
  • Sulfur-reducing bacteria
  • Non-filamentous bulking
  • Filaments - SphaerotilusLeptothrix, Type 1701

In Development

  • Additional bulking & foaming filaments
  • Phosphorus-accumulating organisms
  • Nocardia foaming (Gordonia)

Customized Testing

Each wastewater system is different – and our knowledge of the microbes involved is expanding rapidly. "Standard" tests aren't always appropriate. Using the data from microbial community analysis, we can develop custom tests appropriate for your system.

Simplified Sample Collection

Operators are busy. Difficult sample collection and shipping just slows them down. That's why we've developed a sample collection kit that is quick and easy to use. Just add ~ 2 milliliters of mixed liquor or other biomass (~500 mg/L or higher) to our sample preservation solution, shake to mix, and ship it out in an overnight envelope. No ice or ice chest required. Drop us a note to order a sample collection kit.


If you have low-biomass samples, we can still help. Just contact us on the best way to collect and ship your samples.