Case Study 1


Microorganisms are ubiquitous in the environment and have evolved to use various essential functions to ensure survival, even in the world’s most harsh conditions. They play a vital role in the natural recycling of organic and inorganic compounds. If one understands these bacterial communities and their functionality, it can explain many “dark questions” of major environmental contamination problems.

Through its in-house contributions and international independent verifications with selected service providers, iWater provides the latest informative molecular biological tools.

The iWater team, with their extensive expertise, can help clients understand the environmental challenges of a specific environment. iWater can also implement effective remediation strategies to solve pollutants and contamination for industrial companies, biological research groups, water suppliers, or even the local farmer.

iWater can provide molecular biological tools to help clients understand environmental challenges and their effects in their unique environments.  These tools include:

  • metagenomic sequencing analysis,
  • data generation and processing,
  • and bioinformatic assessments with advance computational abilities

iWater have evaluated a range of typical and extreme environments to understand their biological diversity, or how to increase their bioremedial capacities to enable their clients’ decision-making process. The tools allow clients to identify the entire indigenous microbial diversity up to the genus level and even species level.

iWater can provide the knowledge and experience needed to integrate the microbial diversity with the surrounding geochemical – and physicochemical data to support informed decision-making with clients. It will enable them to use changes in the microbial community over time or after an environmental event, e.g. the addition of toxins or spills, to enhance effective treatment.

The tools iWater can add is more on microbial functionality – the core question for all environments. These tools permit them to identify specific contaminant degrading microbes and even their functional genes. iWater uses custom pipelines and optimisation for functionality and will infer the potential operational capabilities with peer-reviewed literature of cultured representatives. The description of the bacterial community structure and its dynamics leads to a better understanding of the natural degradation processes and can ultimately direct treatment strategies for controlled bioremediation processes.

The data descriptions will indicate which microbial communities are dominant and which metabolisms are active (e.g. nitrate – or sulphate metabolism) and the information can direct better treatment options for clients.

iWater offers:

UNBIAS but innovative and tailormade treatment strategies for your specific contamination or pollution problem.
superior customer service
expert analysis
scientific accuracy
cost-effective packages

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