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Since 1985, Microbial ID, Inc. has been a fatty acid analysis contract laboratory. In the beginning, we only provided whole-cell (FAME) analysis for microbial identification, but now offer Direct FAME analysis, soil phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis, soil neutral lipid fatty acid (NLFA) analysis, and soil ester-linked fatty acid (EL-FAME) analysis services.

We are also the sister company to MIDI Labs, Inc., who offer microbial identification by DNA sequencing and MALDI-TOF, MIDI Labs, Inc. 

Whether the source is algal, microbial, soil, fish oil, or something else, we have the necessary tools to characterize over 160 fatty acids (and related compounds) in customer samples, categorize the compounds by fatty acid type (e.g. Omega-3,6,9), and in the case of soils, we can calculate the biomass by microbial origin (e.g. Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi).



Microbial ID, Inc. is a fatty acid analysis contract laboratory that provides fatty acid analysis and microbial identification services.  We are the worldwide alpha testing site for MIDI, Inc.'s Sherlock™ Fatty Acid Analysis Systems and have been performing fatty acid analysis longer than any other contract laboratory worldwide. 

Microbial ID can identify over 160 unique fatty acids (and related compounds) in your sample, including saturated fatty acids (SFA), monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), trans fatty acids, branched-chain fatty acids (including iso/anteiso & 10-methyl branched), hydroxy fatty acids, cyclopropane fatty acids and dimethyl acetals (DMAs).

For microbial ID and Direct FAME, we use a "whole-cell" FAME extraction method, and for soil microbial community analysis, we use a variety of methods: PLFA, NLFA and EL-FAME (depending on customer needs). We use biomarker analysis tools developed in-house to aid researchers with complex soil microbial community analysis projects. 

Soil PLFA Analysis Service

With our expertise, personalized service, and rapid turnaround, you can trust Microbial ID with your most critical fatty acid analysis projects.