Detecting Pathogens

Unwanted microbial contamination

Every living system runs the risks of getting invaded by unwanted microbes.  These invaders (pathogens) can cause a lot of problems.  We can help you by detecting these pathogens. Our service is unique because we are not only able to detect pathogens in water, but also in gas, soil and air. Thanks to DNA-RNA analyses, we are independent of the culturability of the pathogens. This allows us a much broader diagnosis and gives more insight. NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) enables us to look beyond the standard pathogens.

  • Standard pathogen package qPCR: this is a quantitative measurement for both DNA and RNA on known pathogens.
  • vPCR is a quantitative method in which only the living or viable fraction of known, common pathogens is quantified.
  • DNA- BioProphyler® tests the presence of pathogenic microorganisms. The DNA- BioProphyler® focuses on the identification of the total microbial population in a sample with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and screens the population for pathogenic microorganisms.
  • vDNA: BioProphyler® identification of living or viable pathogenic microorganisms through Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).


  • Culture-independent: approximately 1% of the microorganisms are culturable. qPCR and NGS are culture-independent  and therefore  enables us to detect microorganisms, that otherwise remain ‘unseen’.
  • Options: we can perform any analysis in terms of microbial groups (for example, bacteria), species (for example, Escherichia coli) or microbial conversion.
  • Online data: results are determined online and processed automatically using software tools. Therefore, the results are not susceptible to personal interpretation.
  • Quality control: Internal controls are included in all analyses to determine the quality of the analyses.
  • Suitable for all matrices (water, gas, soil and air).

We will send you all the necessary sampling material and a protocol within one working day. Use the kit to take your own samples and conserve them. Cooling the samples is not necessary.

Send the sampling kit back (uncooled) and you will receive the analysis report by e-mail within ten working days.  In case of urgency we can report within 48 hours (urgency fee applicable).

If you do not want to perform sampling yourself, we will do it for you.

Elsemiek Croese,