Since 2013, ISI Food Protection complements classical microbiological analyses of the microbial microflora with more advanced molecular tools to provide the most accurate picture of the population of bacteria, yeasts and moulds in a sample.
Independent of cultivation, by direct extraction of the whole DNA present in the sample, targeted metagenomic analyses provides rapid identification of all the microorganisms present in the sample.
Thanks to more than 10 years of experience in this field, we have collected an enormous amount of data and gained tremendous knowledge in the interpretation of the microflora in food and feed samples. Our experience enables us to keep up with the advances in new sequencing technologies for metagenomics: we are leading the transition of the analyses in the food sector from next generation sequencing methods to third generation sequencing methods.
Third generation sequencing methods (as the Oxford Nanopore sequencing Technology) have minimal sample processing, smaller equipment and increased sequencing speed, thus decentralising sequencing and opening the door to on-site metagenomics analysis. When established directly along the production line, new sequencing methods allow for rapid identification of the microflora and faster interventions in the supply chain, increasing the awareness of quality of raw materials and ingredients.
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