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.
– 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.