Population profiling

Generation of a cultivation-independent profile of
all bacteria populations in anaerobic reactors

Item Number: 01120018

Lab analysis: bacteria populations in anaerobic reactors

Generation of a cultivation-independent profile of the main bacteria populations in anaerobic reactors. Present bacteria and archaea (incl. methanogenic archaea) are grouped according to their affiliation to the main bacteria and archaea groups. By using fluorescently-labelled gene probes these groups are individually quantified as percentages of the total living bacteria and archaea flora. Analysis is carried out on cultivable as well as on non-cultivable populations, thus an overview on all present populations is obtained. Furthermore, total cell counts (viable and dead) per volume or gram are quantified. This service is ideal for general population analysis of anaerobic reactors. Results allow an unbiased direct view into the real microbial populations and allow an easy and fast comparison of established population profiles.

Significant photo documentation that shows relevant populations directly in the sample material is provided with the report.

Qualitative or quantitative detection?
Quantitative detection

Which method is applied?
The reliable VIT® gene probe technology.

Which requirements are important?

Please request our simple protocol for fixation of anaerobic reactor samples. Make sure that you fix/stabilize the samples in the indicated way before sending the samples to us.

This service is available as serviceplus.


For a quick analysis directly on-site we recommend our test kits VIT® Anammox and VIT® Methanogenic bacteria.

Fluorescence micrograph: bacteria after analysis with gene probe technology


  • generation of an extensive common population profile (incl. methanogenic bacteria) at main group level
  • quantification of individual populations
  • only analysis of living bacteria and arachaea
  • direct analysis of sample material without pre-enrichment