DNA from soils and sediments

Survey the biodiversity in your soils and sediments with NatureMetrics

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Even a small volume sample of soil or sediment will contain hundreds (or even thousands) of species belonging to a diverse range of taxonomic groups. These small organisms and microbes represent a large proportion of global biodiversity and play a critical role in ecosystem function and resilience.

We use DNA metabarcoding to unlock powerful biodiversity data from soils and sediments, helping you to make better decisions for nature and your business.

Contact Nature Metrics about your next aquatic project

Understanding how soil and sediment communities vary in response to impacts and management can provide crucial insights to guide action in:

  • Ecological impact assessment

  • Tracking progress in habitat restoration and bioremediation

  • Reducing the effects of agricultural intensification on soil biodiversity

  • Improving soil health and productivity

Collecting DNA samples from soils and sediments

1. COLLECT

2. STORE

Step 3: Send via Mobile App

3. SEND

Our soil and sediment sampling kits are easy to use in soft substrates and have been tested in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

Cold storage is the best way to preserve DNA in soils and sediment samples, but we recognise that this is not always possible. We therefore provide alternative means of sample preservation where required. Talk to our team to ensure you get the best kits for your project.

Analysis options for our soils and sediments service

We offer metabarcoding services for soils and sediments, targeting a range of different taxonomic groups. If you aren’t sure which is most appropriate for your project, our team will be happy to discuss with you.

eDNA from Water - Bacteria
Soils & Sediments - Fungi

Bacteria

Our Bacteria metabarcoding service targets the 16S rRNA gene. Bacterial metabarcoding is often utilised for detecting environmental changes caused by, for example, land management practises, habitat restoration activities, aquaculture practices, sewage effluent inputs, offshore drilling and climate change.

Soil fauna / sediment infauna

Our Faunal metabarcoding service targets the 18S rRNA gene to provide data on communities of invertebrates that live in the soil/sediment. This includes arthropods such as insects, collembola and small crustaceans, as well as worms including nematodes, platyhelminthes (flat worms) and annelids (segmented worms).

Fungi

Our Fungal metabarcoding service targets the internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) gene to provide data on fungal communities. This includes well-known indicator groups such as waxcaps (Hygrocybe spp.) in addition to the wider assemblage of mycorrhizal fungi, yeasts, mushrooms and others.

Not sure what service suits your project?

You can combine and adapt our services to suit the needs of your project. Please get in touch to discuss your aims, especially if this is the first time you are using this service.

If you have already registered with us, you can visit my.naturemetrics to place an order.

Why NatureMetrics?

Quality data at unprecedented scale to underpin decision-making in environmental management and impact assessment

Flexible services that can be combined and adapted services to meet your project needs

Make the most of our in-house expertise including Dr Cuong Tang 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 lets you submit your field data on the go and track the progress of your samples throughout the analysis process

Honest and transparent communication (including any limitations of the technologies) and reporting

User-friendly sampling kits designed with practicality in mind

Assess The Impacts

You can use eDNA to measure biological responses to environmental impacts and inform the restoration of soil health or habitats.

If you are interested in implementing a management plan with regular DNA-based monitoring, we can work together to create a bespoke process that fits your requirements.

DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT WITH OUR EXPERTS

We offer a wide range of biodiversity solutions

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