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Since 1985, Microbial ID has provided whole-cell (FAME) analysis for microbial identification, Direct FAME analysis, soil phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis, and soil neutral lipid fatty acid (NLFA) analysis services.


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.