A leading rice production company wished to know whether the different brands of bomba rice marketed in Spain contain 100% bomba rice variety
Design of SSR markers to differentiate the bomba variety from other rice varieties (senia, etc.)
There are some commercial brands of bomba rice that contain more than 2% of other rice varieties
A major English distributor wished to know the animal origin of the feather fill in the pillows it markets.
Design of real-time PCR tests to specifically detect: goose, duck, chicken, etc.
The pillows do not contain 100% of a single species as appeared on their label, and some of them contained contamination from other, lower-quality species
A snack manufacturing company detected a batch of products whose packaging appeared to bulge, and suspected there could be microbial contamination present
Metagenomics testing to determine the composition and percentage of the microbiota and the fungal population present in several containers belonging to a normal batch as well as several bulging containers
The proportion of a particular genus of lactic acid-producing bacteria was an order of magnitude higher in the bulging containers. The identification of the causal pathogen helped to identify and limit the problem in the food production chain.
A local council in Spain sought a 100% reliable method to fine dog owners who do not pick up pet waste on public paths
Take a census of all pets in the area and include the genetic profile of the dogs in the council’s database. At Imegen, we have developed the methodology to transfer to the city’s laboratory, along with the procedures to identify each dog with its waste and establish the database.
The municipality has a 100% reliable method to identify pet owners and has a cleaner, better conserved city.
Cod or basa fish?
A canning company interested in learning the species of cod contained in each batch of fish it purchases, as well as identifying whether basa fish contamination exists
Design of a test to obtain the DNA sequence of a fragment of the genomes of the fish. The study of said DNA sequence allowed us to differentiate each species and determine the composition of each batch to avoid any type of fraud.
The company has a method to ensure the authenticity of each batch of fish it buys and a highly effective measure to control its suppliers.
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