Next generation sequencing (NGS) provides comprehensive identification of microorganisms present in a sample down to the genus and even species level.

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS): Characterization of Microbial Communities at a Pipeline Release

• At a petroleum pipeline release in a remote area Bio-Traps® and CENSUS® qPCR for BTEX catabolic functional genes proved stimulation of BTEX biodegradation in impacted groundwater and provided an additional line of evidence to support acceptance of an MNA management strategy at the site.

• Contaminant trends, geochemistry, CENSUS® qPCR, and NGS provided multiple lines of evidence supporting an MNA management strategy and avoiding the greater costs of enhanced remediation.