A Leader in Genomic Research Services which Provides you with the Latest Analytical Tools

AllGenetics has become a key Genomics service provider for research groups across Europe. Many are the scientists who outsource their Genomic projects with us year after year. Our new Analytics division capitalises on this know-how and offers you the latest DNA-based analytical tools. Based on our expertise in DNA and RNA analysis, we hope to become your trusted scientific partner when it comes to verifying your biological materials.

Verification through Genomics

Accurate species identification is a crucial step in many industries and fields of study, from environmental monitoring to food quality and traceability. However, this task may be particularly difficult when the specimens examined lack distinctive morphological characters, or are represented by small tissue samples, cryptic life-cycle stages, or organic traces. In consequence, there is a growing demand for DNA-based methods which enable the identification of samples where other methods of characterisation usually fail.

At AllGenetics, we have developed robust operating procedures for species-level identification and for the authentication of biological samples through DNA barcoding. Our expertise covers diverse taxonomic groups – including plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria – and a broad range of starting materials.

With DNA barcoding, we provide a rapid, reproducible, and cost-effective tool which may be routinely implemented to: 1) reliably determine the taxonomic identity of unknown samples; 2) discriminate among closely related or morphologically indistinguishable species; 3) verify the biological source of food products.

…also for complex samples

DNA-based analyses may be applied to identify not only a single species, but also multiple species coexisting in a complex mixture of diverse taxa. Our DNA metabarcoding procedure uses high-throughput sequencing to simultaneously sequence DNA fragments from multiple specimens in a complex sample, even without prior knowledge as to the expected composition.

As a result, DNA metabarcoding is being adopted more and more as a quality assurance measure in a number of applications, including the detection of species substitutions in herbal blends and plant-based medicines.

Our areas of expertise

We provide customised services and consulting in various areas:

- Ecotoxicology

We are pioneers in the genetic identification of ecotoxicological test species. The regular analysis of culture specimens through DNA barcoding may help Ecotoxicology laboratories accurately identify test organisms and guarantee the homogeneity of their cultures. This will improve the reliability and comparability of the results of ecotoxicological assays. AllGenetics is actively involved in the validation of DNA barcoding as a quality control test in Ecotoxicology, which is currently being discussed by international standardisation organisations (e.g. ISO; OECD).

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- Herbal Industry

We provide herbal product importers with an independent service to authenticate both the raw materials they buy and the processed products they sell, whether they are tea blends, spices, herbal extracts, powders, or capsules. Our set of DNA-based analyses can test the homogeneity of a sample, determine if a species of interest is present in a complex herbal mixture, or infer the complete list of ingredients in a sample. Therefore, systematic analysis of batches of herbal products can verify species identity, prevent harmful species substitution, and detect unlisted species being used as fillers, thereby ensuring consumer’s confidence and brand protection.

- Inteligent Pest Control

The correct identification of pest species is a crucial step for the appropriate application of phytosanitary measures. The importance of DNA barcoding for the official diagnosis of regulated pests was recognised by the International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM nº 27) in 2006. In the particular case of invertebrate pests, DNA barcoding identifies eggs and larvae to the species level. This is a powerful method which makes it possible to apply proper phytosanitary measures even before the eggs hatch. Therefore, crop damage can be prevented.

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- Control of Illegal Trading

One of the major challenges for customs and border control agencies is identifying the source species of confiscated products. Elephant ivory, tiger skin and bones, and rhino horns are well-known examples of illegally traded products, but wildlife trafficking concerns many other protected animal and plant species, from seafood to timber trees. The possibility of applying DNA barcoding to a wide range of substrates enables the identification of the specific source of samples that lack key morphological characters, such as bush meat, hides, animal products in traditional medicines, or processed woods. This DNA-diagnostic service may assist regulatory institutions in the control of illegal trade in endangered species.