Microbial Ecology Laboratory

The Microbial Ecology Laboratory (MEL) team performs microbial commnunities analysis and identification of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi, microfauna) as part of research projects or analytical service contracts. These microorganisms can be beneficial or pathogenic to plants, or sampled in biomass, soil, air or water or involved in treatment processes of organic effluent as well as energy production.

An analysis service in microbial ecology

The MEL offers a qualitative and quantitative taxonomic characterization service based on targeted metagenomic analyzes (Illumina MiSeq 2x300bp platform). This enables the identification and characterization of the bacteria (16S) , archaea (16S) , fungi (ITS) and microfauna (18S) diversity of a complex environnement such as soil, biofilm or other plant, animal or insect-associated ecosystems.

Expected Results

  • Alpha and beta diversity indices that provide microbial diversity within a sample or between different samples
  • Taxonomic identification of each microbial community according to their relative abundance
  • Interpretations based on the treatment and study characteristics (PCoA, etc.).


Richard Hogue, researcher

Richard Hogue


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Thomas Jeanne, research assistant

Thomas Jeanne

Research Assistant

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