Lab Services

We provide several services for laboratory testing, research and development services in natural sciences, research and development services in biotechnology and engineering, research and development services in fisheries and marine science, including comprehensive genetic testing for environmental biotechnology, exploration of marine biodiversity; to private and national biodiversity consultants. The main focus of our services is molecular biology and marine biodiversity.

The service includes various aspects of marine vertebrates (fishes), invertebrate (sponge, coral) symbioses with diverse microorganisms (bacterial as well as eukaryotic fungi and protists), microbial community ecology and molecular systematics. Attempts are being made to connect these specific research areas with wider issues such as marine habitat conservation, climate change, marine natural products and marine biodiversity. Criteria for the Rejection of Specimens In order to provide a high standard of testing, we require that the specimens we receive into the lab are of an optimal quality.

Criteria for the Rejection of Specimens
In order to provide a high standard of testing, we require that the specimens we receive into the lab are of an optimal quality. Please open the document attached which outlines the criteria that must be met when a referring centre sends samples to the BIODIVS Laboratory for testing.

We accept several services:

  1. Fisheries services
  2. Marine services
  3. Identification of biota
  4. Clinical laboratory
  5. Training
  6. Import of chemicals
  7. Laboratory tools import
  8. Water quality test
  9. Identification of pest and plant disease
  10. Identification of animal diseases
  11. Environmental survey

For further information on any of the services provided please e-mail to Ocenogen admin ( and your enquiry will be handled by the most appropriate person.

WHAT WE DO (We Identify Species Using Their DNA)
As leading DNA barcoding experts, we are able to not only identify all the pests and common species, but also digitally represent evaluate biodiversity in its entirety. Thus, we contribute significantly to the development of a comprehensive online genetic database of all animal and Plant species. DNA barcode reference databases are growing continuously and are curated by experts, museums and state collections around the world. Because: we can only protect what we know!

HOW WE DO THIS (Together with you!)
Your sample Our analysis Your report. We use a highly specialized, efficient, cutting-edge DNA barcoding workflow. This allows us to quickly and efficiently identify the different species – especially for many samples at the same time. With DNA barcode fragments, we can identify thevarious species, even if taxonomic expertise is lacking or a sample is morphologically indeterminable

WHY WE DO THAT (Protecting species and their diversity!)
Mountains of undetermined samples. We can analyze, characterize and digitally archive samples collected over decades – Now!. We want to help protect biodiversity and find out what causes are respon-sible for the disappearance of species. Various institutes, museums and centers have been collecting samples from monitoring projects for years. However, they lack the budget and the enormous amount of time required to process, sort and determine all these organisms and mixed samples using classical method.

We can analyze, characterize and digitally archive samples – Now!

Why eDNA

eDNA offers a unique opportunity for monitoring both endangered and invasive species, as well as for biodiversity assessments. The benefits of using this eDNA technology over traditional monitoring include:
• Higher chance of detection most common and rare species.
• Often more cost efficient than traditional techniques
• A minimal environmental disturbance
• Minimal risk of introducing alien species and spreading diseases

Species Identification
Using eDNA we have identified more than 100 species in an aquatic environment including fish, mammals, amphibians and mussel. In comparison to traditional methods such as test fishing much ore species are commonly found.

Experimental eDNA Work :
Testing the impact of Physico-chemical factors (e.g. natural biogeochemistry and PCR pollutants) on eDNA, degradation, transport, shedding and detection rate. Comparing detection and abundance estimate with a conventional method.

Trophic and Community Ecology :
Ecosystem dynamics, functional diversity, predator-prey interactions (e.g. diet analysis), host-associated microbiota.

Palaeo-environments :
Past species and community diversity and abundance measurements, inference in space and time.

Biomonitoring, Conservation biology :
Single and multi-species detection, comprehensive biodiversity at different scales, abundance estimates, detection of rare, cryptic and endangered species, non-invasive sampling, management (e.g fisheries), occurrence and detection estimates.

Invasion Biology :
Early species detection at low abundance, passive surveillance, impacts on ecosystems, vectors and pathways on dispersal

Environmental Assessment :
Impacts of pollutants and other environmental disturbance on species and communities, microbial source tracking (fecal bacteria and pathogens).

Physical eDNA Properties :
Uptake and transformation based on geochemistry, particles, organic chemistry or microbial community.

Techniques and Methods :
Engineering development developing, testig, evaluating eDNA biotechnology and biostatistical approaches.