Characterizing the composition and function of animal microbiomes is key for a better understanding of animal health, antibiotic resistance in agriculture and various animal diseases. Elucidating the complicated relationship between the host animal and its resident gut microbiome is also important for identifying economically valuable traits such as feed efficiency, and research into ‘green agriculture’ and reducing methane emissions.
As such, animal microbiome analysis is of growing importance for a wide range of professions across a broad range of sectors including agriculture, farming, and veterinary research.
Animal Microbiome Analysis Applications
Clinical Microbiomics’ solutions for animal microbiome analysis have a wide range of applications, including:
- Animal disease and immune system research with a focus on improving animal welfare and livestock production efficiency
- Investigating feed conversion ratios (FCR) and animal nutrition for improved production efficiency
- Research into animal antimicrobial resistance (AAMR) with the goal of reducing antibiotic use in the livestock industry
- Understanding the role of diet on methane output in order to facilitate ‘green agriculture’
Our Services for Animal Microbiome Analysis
At Clinical Microbiomics, we have broad experience supporting a wide range of partners with their animal microbiome analysis needs.
Sample Preparation - We offer professional DNA extraction for all types of animal fecal and digestive tract samples, performed under highly controlled and traceable conditions in our advanced, Copenhagen-based, ISO17025 certified laboratory.
Sequencing - We offer Illumina-based shotgun metagenomic sequencing. Shotgun metagenomics, powered by our MGS bioinformatics platform, provides detailed characterization with the highest taxonomical (species/strain) and functional resolution (genes) possible.
Data Analysis – We assist our clients to investigate how the composition and functional potential of animal gut microbiomes changes from specific interventions. For antibiotic resistance studies, we map sequence reads to our microbial gene catalogs annotated using curated ARG databases. This allows us to study the resistome of your study samples. Using the metagenomics species (MGS) concept we can link the ARGs to species and thus label these as resistant or non-resistant.
Thorsten Brach, Director of Scientific Operations
Animal Health and Research Expert at Clinical Microbiomics.