The Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics provides a range of targeted next-generation sequencing services that enable the taxonomic profiling of mixed communities. These methods use primers designed to target and capture taxonomic regions, followed by next-generation sequencing.  Targeted sequencing approaches to study the microbiome are often known as diversity profiling or amplicon, metabarcoding or tag sequencing.

Costs start at $33/sample for our standard microbiome sequencing services. 

All sequencing performed by the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics is carried out in our ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories.

Microbiome Sequencing Services -16S/18S/ITS

We have a range of pre-optimised gene region targets ready to go, refer to the table below. The workflow includes PCR to incorporate unique barcodes for each sample, pooling of samples in to a single library, and sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq. 

TargetGene RegionPrimersUsed By*
Bacteria16S V1-V327f - 519rAM, BASE
 16S V3-V4341f-805r 
 16S V4515f - 806rEMP 
 16S full length27f - 1492rONT - rapid 16S kit 
Eukaryote18S V418SV4F_18SV4RAM, MM
 18S V91391f - EukBrAM, BASE, EMP
Eukaryote - FungiITS1ITS1F-ITS2EMP
ArcheaA16SA2f - 591rAM, BASE
* AM - Australian Microbiome project, MM - Marine Microbes project, BASE - Biome of Australia Soil Environments (BASE) project, EMP -  Earth Microbiome Project.

The AM, BASE and MM projects are Bioplatforms Australia Initiatives


Custom Target Sequencing Services

If you would like to target genes not listed above we can offer a custom short read approach based on a two-step PCR design. For this you would perform an initial round of PCR using a pair of gene/locus specific primers which include Illumina adapter overhangs and then submit the purified product to us for sequencing. Multiple gene targets can be pooled in a sequencing run if they are size compatible. Custom amplicons can also be sequenced using Oxford Nanopore long read technology. 

We would be happy to advise you on our custom target sequencing, please contact us