Microbial Insights is a leading environmental biotechnology laboratory, offering cutting edge technologies for the testing and analysis of landfill samples. Our molecular biological tools (MBTs) provide more accurate quantification of key microorganisms like methanogens and comprehensive characterization of microbial communities to identify beneficial and problematic microorganisms, giving you the crucial information needed to make informed operating decisions.
ISSUE: The decomposition of refuse in a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill is a microbial process carried out by a succession of diverse communities of Bacteria and Archaea through distinct phases. As with other microbial processes, decomposition of MSW and landfill gas production depends on having the “right” microorganisms present at sufficient concentrations.
IMPACT: Unfavorable conditions such as with development of elevated temperatures (ET) can inhibit microbial activity, adversely impact gas production, and increase leachate strength.
THREATS: Poor solids decomposition, elevated temperatures, poor biogas production or composition, poor quality leachate.
PATH TO RESOLUTION: Microbial Insights’ DNA based methods can cost-effectively answer microbiological questions which cannot be answered with microscopy or other traditional methods.