ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy

Unbiased detection of all species present

A full range of products to identify microorganisms into the detail your project requires.

Identify individual bacteria down to genus or species level.

ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy

Since sequencing has become a standard tool in modern microbiology, researchers are able to study the microorganisms in detail. Culturing usually alters the sample composition and even leaves microorganisms undetected because of their failure to grow in the laboratory.

The ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy gives you a detailed overview of the organisms that contain the 16S RNA gene: bacteria and archae. This conserved region of the prokaryotic ribosome also contains hypervariable sequences, which provide species-specific signature sequences useful for identification.

The ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy is an excellent tool for analyzing the human microbiota or provide a detailed overview of the soil composition.

ProkaryoteScan Full Genome

This method identifies all features of the microbiome, such as antibiotic resistance cassettes, pathogenicity genes, or other variable microbe features. We provide this method when the microbial composition must remain as intact as possible.

The eukaryotic DNA is removed by hybridization capture of methylated DNA residues. Not all bacterial 16S DNA regions are equally amplified by the 16S primers. Without these PCR amplification rounds, the data accurately reflects the true sample composition.

With the ProkaryoteScan Full Genome, a better classification of the microbes can be performed. With the whole sequence instead of only the small 16S region, the alignment of data to reference genomes can be performed more accurately. This enables you to make the distinction between species and subspecies.

ProkaryoteScan Premium

This method is based on the Full Genome package, and results in a detailed composition of the microbial community. This tool couples phenotypic features to individual microbes. By generating long reads on the PacBio, e.g antibiotics resistance cassettes can be precisely linked to certain microbes. In this way the resistant bacteria can be detected, which is especially important for clinical applications.

Our scientists designed three packages for you to study the microbes to the level of detail your research demands.

Advantages of ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy:

  • Taxonomic classification in complex mixtures
  • Gives detailed overview of the prokaryotic composition to family, genus or species level
  • Relative frequencies in comprehensive report

Advantages of ProkaryoteScan Full Genome:

  • Unbiased taxonomic classification
  • Classification down to species and subspecies level
  • Reporting of all prokaryotes in comprehensive report

Advantages of ProkaryoteScan Premium:

  • Best classification option due to alignment of the whole genome
  • Hybridization capture which prevents PCR artifacts
  • Information of whole bacteria including features such as antibiotics resistance cassettes.

Krona plots are the golden standard in depicting prokaryotes. This intuitive program allows you to explore the hierarchical data with zoomable pie charts.


Prokaryotes ProkaryoteScan Taxonomy ProkaryoteScan Full Genome ProkaryoteScan Premium
Method 16S ribosomal sequencing Full genome sequencing Full genome sequencing
Fragment lengths 16S amplicon 150 bp Up to 20 kB
Determination of bacteria up to species level ++ +++ +++
Human sequences
Bacterial species screening    
Determination of bacterial species and their features (e.g. antibiotics resistance cassettes, pathogenicity markers)    
Determination of bacterial species. Identification of individual bacterium features     
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