DNA microarrays for characterising compost communities
The analysis of microbial communities in rapidly changing habitats like composts is a challenging task, and so far no easy tools are available
We intend to develop a phylogenetic microarray based on 16S rDNA for bacteria in composting situations with the aim to be able to rapidly detect population changes and the presence of plant and human pathogens, as well as beneficial microorganisms.
The currently available chip contains more than 50 species; spiking experiments have shown that the detection levels are suitable.
Poster on "Labelling DNA for microarrays" => see pdf