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New lab for SLU researchers offers molecular services for community studies

Published: 21 September 2017

Ultuna Metabarcoding Laboratory, UMBLA, is a new lab that offers molecular laboratory services for community studies of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms to researchers at SLU. The lab also provide training and expert advice.

The new lab is located at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at SLU in Uppsala. The idea is to help SLU researchers, that do not have they time or knowledge to analyse samples with molecular methods, to gain knowledge about what species are present in a sample. UMBLA also offers tutorial introductions, teaching and expert advice for those who wish to learn more about metabarcoding.

UMBLA has four services:

  • DNA extraction
  • Barcode amplification and sequence pool preparation (sequencing is done in collaboration with SciLife Lab)
  • Bioinformatics analysis
  • Sample and data storage (storage in collaboration with SLU Biobank)

– You can chose to do either one of our services independently or use all of them in concert. You can in fact hand in a soil sample and we will analyse it and tell you what species are present in your sample. We hope that UMBLA will give SLU's community studies a boost, says Åke Olson, director of the UMBLA lab. 

Read more about UMBLA here.

Contact, 018-671876

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