Microbial ecology research

How microbes respond to their environment

Key players

Microbes play key roles in biogeochemical cycles and as symbionts of animals and plants. Describing their distribution and functional repertoire are keys to understanding these roles.

Profiling and functional analysis

We support your ecological microbial research based on next-generation sequencing. We deliver comprehensive analysis service of the microbiome for data derived from environmental samples, particularly of:

  • 16S rDNA/ rRNA amplicons
  • Shotgun metagenomics
  • Shotgun metatranscriptomics

ecological-microbial-researchWe use model-based multivariate statistics to determine the response of microorganisms to environmental factors. Moreover, we apply network analysis to unravel microbe-microbe interactions. This will help you to identify:

  • Habitat-specific indicator taxa
  • Association patterns
  • Environmental factors governing microbial distribution

Our experts will be happy to assist you with your ecological project. For academic clients we procure sequencing of amplicon or genomic libraries on Illumina®MiSeq™ and NextSeq™ platforms.


Our scientists have long-term experience in ecological microbial research, including:

  • Conception of study designs
  • Marine microbiology
  • Algal microbiota (e.g., Fucus vesiculosus)
  • Cnidaria-associated microbes (e.g., corals, jelly fish)
  • Microbiota of extreme habitats (e.g., oxygen minimum zones)

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