The small organisms and microbes that live in soils and sediments host a large proportion of global biodiversity and play a critical role in an ecosystem’s functionality and resilience.
An understanding of the diversity and composition of the species present in your soils can be used to inform land management decisions by monitoring recovery of restored habitats and bioremediation of polluted sites.
Send us your soil or sediment samples and we will analyse the DNA within, unlocking powerful biodiversity data and enabling you to better understand your system and respond to impacts with better management decisions.
DNA from Soils and Sediments
Benefit from a community-level assessment of biodiversity that you can adapt to suit the needs of your project.
Even a small volume sample of sediment will contain hundreds (or even thousands) of species belonging to a diverse range of taxonomic groups, including worms, arthropods, single-celled eukaryotes, bacteria and fungi.
NatureMetrics’ metabarcoding analyses will give you an insight into what species are present in each of your samples, how diverse the community is, and how the samples compare with each other. These can be powerful for monitoring in the context of ecological impact assessment or tracking the progress of habitat restoration.
What can you examine by leveraging DNA-based methods?
- Measure the response to habitat restoration activities.
- Measure the effects of agricultural intensification on soil biodiversity.
- Analyse the effects of climate change on soil and sediment ecosystems.
How does the process work?
The ability to develop a map of biodiversity from soil or sediment samples has never been more accessible.
Our team will show you how DNA-based methods can be used to inform soil or sediment biodiversity management. You can adapt this service to suit the needs of your project. Please get in touch to discuss your aims. If you have already registered with us, you can visit my.naturemetrics to place an order.
Behind the Science: Meet our expert scientists
Dr Hayley Craig is working on expanding the capabilities of our DNA from Soils and Sediments services.
Dr Cuong Tang is our lead scientist and leads the team putting NatureMetrics at the forefront of commercial R&D in this sector.
Find out how NatureMetrics can support your project goals here.
To increase the amount of quality data to underpin decision-making in environmental impact assessment
Gain expert advice on how you can enhance your biodiversity surveys and tailor your sampling design to your project needs.
To adapt your service to include diverse taxonomic groups.
To leverage NatureMetrics in-house expertise including that of our highly qualified scientists specialising in soils and sediments, including Dr CT and Dr Hayley Craig from the science team, and Dr Alex Crampton-Platt and Dr Sarah Chordekar from the data team.
The NatureMetrics FieldMate App which empowers you to collect and submit your field data on the go.
Honest and transparent communication (including any limitations of the technologies) and reporting.
A service that can adapt to meet your exact requirements.
Assurance of regulatory compliance where relevant.
To leverage NatureMetrics’ position on the cutting-edge of scientific advancement in this field.
A custom suite of DNA-based biodiversity monitoring services.
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