Microbial Source Tracking
Ensure the safety and integrity of your water bodies with our state-of-the-art microbial source tracking services. Our laboratories can accurately pinpoint the origins of fecal contamination – whether it be from humans, livestock, or wildlife.
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We don’t just identify the presence of contaminants; we trace them back to their source, empowering you to take precise, targeted action.
Our microbial source tracking (MST) service uses qPCR and ddPCR testing to identify the source of fecal contamination quickly and reliably in water samples. This is the gold-standard for fast, accurate identification of specific microorganism targets of concern.
DNA extracted from a single water sample can be used to identify the presence of multiple MST markers, giving an exact proportion of bacteria from each potential contaminant.
We provide everything you need to easily collect, preserve and ship your sample from a variety of sample types including solids, surface swabs, water and wastewater.
Proven and reliable methodology
LuminUltra’s MST services are based on a methodology endorsed by the EPA and trusted by governments, NGOs, scientists, and engineers across North America, including the CDC and US EPA.
Informed water management
With the source of fecal contamination identified, resource managers can make informed decisions regarding water quality management, protecting communities and the environment.
Act with confidence
LuminUltra’s reporting includes quantifiable data as well as key insights on which fecal sources are the greatest contributors.
From project design to results, LuminUltra’s team of experts supports you along the way, helping you design a sample plan that addresses your specific needs.
Standard: 10 business days
Rush: 3 business days
|Avian||GFD||General indicator of avian fecal contamination.|
|Gulls||Gull-4||All birds identified as gulls (or colloquially seagulls as well as pelicans, cranes and snow geese) which are common sources of fecal contamination in coastal and fresh waterbodies.|
|Canada Goose||CGOF1||Canada Goose only|
|Beaver||BeaPol01||Animals in the Caster genus. This has been specific validated and used for the fecal tracking of North American beavers.|
|Canines||BacCan, DG3||Canines, including dogs and coyotes|
|Cattle||CowM2||Cattle (colloquially known in North America as cows)|
|Horse||HoF597F||Wild and domestic horses.|
|Human||HF183, HF183/BacR287, HumM2, H8||Genetic markers of fecal Bacteroides from humans.|
|Pig||Pig2Bac||Wild/feral and domestic pigs.|
|Ruminants||Rum2Bac||Ruminants (hooved herbivores with four stomach compartments) such as sheep, goats, elk, deer, and cattle.|
|General Bacteroides||GenBac3||General fecal indicator, highly abundant in all warm-blooded animals.|