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.



Advantages of MIs testing and analysis for landfills
Advantages of MIs testing and analysis for landfills
Advantages of MIs testing and analysis for landfills

Explore Our Molecular Biological Tools (MBT’s) and Site Logic Services

Quantify microorganisms responsible for key processes in refuse decomposition and gas production including not only methanogens (MGN) but also fermenters (FER) and acetogens (AGN). CENSUS®qPCR can also quantify sulfate reducing bacteria (APS) that could potentially compete with methanogens and nitrifying bacteria (AMO) in biological leachate treatment systems

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is used to identify the dominant Bacteria or Archaea in leachate or solid samples.  For example, monitor detection of specific genera such as Methanosarcina and Methanosaeta as % of total reads over time to confirm healthy and diverse populations of methanogens or as a direct line of evidence when investigating upsets.



1) Call us at 865.573.8188 or email at info@microbe.com
2) A friendly member of our team will advise you on the right tools for the job
3) Order and receive your supplies
4) Perform sampling according to our clear and easy protocols
5) Fill out the chain of custody form
6) Send to the nearest Microbial Insights location
7) Receive your unbiased report with actionable data and insight