AQUATIC ECOLOGY

Achieve actionable on site results that are rapid and reliable

Aquatic ecologists and other field researchers use Biomeme to quickly and easily achieve gold standard real-time PCR results anywhere.

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Complicated sample transport? Shipping to off-site labs with long wait times for results? Not anymore.

Aquatic ecologists and researchers do vital work that, unfortunately, demands complicated protocols and other logistical challenges. While recent developments in environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys, real-time qPCR, and other monitoring technologies have helped push the field forward, the confinement of lab equipment to the lab has meant the continuation of cold-chains, sample shipment, and long wait times for results. This means constant risk of sample contamination, the hassle of complicated storage and shipment techniques, and the inability to respond and adapt to results in real-time. Wait no more!

Here are a few of our portable aquatic ecology tests. We're adding more everyday and can even provide custom, shelf-stable field versions of your assays on demand.

Biomeme delivers rapid and reliable qPCR results on-site in under an hour

Biomeme users across the globe are achieving quick and easy sample prep and gold standard test results right at the point of collection.

Biomeme provides researchers with everything needed for on-site DNA/RNA purification, qPCR analysis, and data collection — all in under an hour no matter the collection site! Our M1 Sample Prep Cartridges work for almost any sample type and nucleotide target (RNA, DNA, eDNA), while requiring only a minute or two to complete. Add your sample to our pre-formulated and shelf-stable Go-Strips, place them into your Franklin portable thermocycler, and get results in 30-60 minutes. Your data is yours! It's instantly stored in your Biomeme Go companion mobile app and conveniently synced with our secure Biomeme Cloud service. You'll always have access to your data and can seamlessly download or connect it to your preferred lab information management system (LIMS), 3rd party database, or statistical software with our Biomeme Web API. Achieve gold standard real-time PCR results easily and rapidly anywhere you need. Turn early detection into effective control.

On-site eDNA Detection and Monitoring of Microbial Pathogens

“Field-portable qPCR can also redefine the way that aquaculturists conduct routine water monitoring. For example, daily water quality monitoring protocols can include field qPCR analysis, which could aid a fish culture facility in developing a better understanding of targeted microbial trends in the system. The knowledge gained from these real-time results can help managers, veterinarians, and fish health specialists better understand the roles and relationships that microbes play in aquaculture. Additionally, rapid field results can expedite the decision-making process to ensure adequate overall system health.” (Nguyen et al, 2018)

Aquaculture researchers and surveillance organizations have used Biomeme for various missions across the globe. Explore our entire library of aquatic ecology and aquaculture tests or even configure your own custom assays. Here are just three highlights:

Flavobacterium psychrophilum

Scientists from Smith-Root and the University of Idaho’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences and Aquaculture Research Institute collaborated with Biomeme’s own Mieke Sinnesael to detect Flavobacterium psychrophilum using field-portable sample collection and on site qPCR testing of eDNA.

Read the full paper to see their results!

Crayfish Plague

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is using Biomeme’s platform to fight the spread of Crayfish Plague by detecting eDNA from both the crayfish and the pathogen in on site water samples. Check out our video for more info!

Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis)

Sepi Naderi (Biomeme Senior Scientist) went to Yosemite National Park to detect Amphibian Chytrid Fungus with wildlife biologists Colleen Kamaroff and Caren Goldberg.

Read here to learn more about their experience!

Field-forward eDNA Management of Invasive Species

Effective biosurveillance and control of non-native species is empowered by actionable results anywhere you need them. Below are two examples where Biomeme is doing just that.

New Zealand Mudsnails

Aware that "early detection of aquatic invasive species is of utmost importance for the prevention of costly and ecologically damaging outcomes" (Thomas et al, 2019), a team of scientists from Washington State University, Michigan State University, Smith-Root, and Biomeme used field-forward qPCR and sample collection technologies to track and monitor New Zealand mudsnails.

Read their comparison of these methods to traditional lab-confined techniques.

Asian Carp

The USDA reports, “Asian carp are fast-growing and prolific feeders that out-compete native fish and leave a trail of environmental destruction in their wake”. Biomeme wants to help empower anyone, anywhere to help in the fight against the invasion of asian carp. Our easy, quick, and reliable technologies can be used by professionals or concerned citizens alike in the struggle against various species of invasive carp.

Track, Monitor, and Protect Endangered Aquatic Species with eDNA qPCR Anywhere, Anytime

Biomeme is proud to empower and equip conservation professionals and border control biosurveillance efforts. Explore two examples below:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is in search of the world's rarest turtle

Scientists from multiple organizations are collaborating with WCS Vietnam to help locate, track, and protect the Hoan Kiem turtle — the rarest species of turtle on Earth. These scientists are aided in their efforts by Biomeme’s field-capable sample prep and qPCR thermocyclers in detecting eDNA. Watch this video to learn more about their mission!

The Wilds: Hellbender Salamanders

Stephen Spear and his team of wildlife ecologists at The Wilds have been working to track and protect endangered hellbender salamanders. They’ve been employing the Biomeme platform in order to quickly achieve riverside eDNA qPCR results. Read all about their efforts here and here.

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