Coral Services

Game-Changing Coral Care and Restoration

We are offering end-to-end genomic and microbiome analysis services for corals and their ecosystems in both aquariums and the wild. Everything from eDNA-based coral reef biodiversity assessment, coral genotyping, microbiome profiling, and cryostorage for gene bank coral. These services provide vital data and insights for reef monitoring, disease diagnostics, coral aquaculture, and marine research.

eDNA-Based Coral Reef Biodiversity Assessment

Our environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis offers a non-invasive method for accurately profiling the biodiversity of coral reefs through the genetic material organisms shed into the environment. This approach provides a comprehensive snapshot of reef species, aiding in both research and conservation efforts.

  • Non-Invasive: Eliminate the need for disruptive methods like netting or diving surveys. Our eDNA analysis respects the fragile coral ecosystems.
  • Comprehensive: Capture the entire spectrum of biodiversity—from corals and fish to the tiniest microorganisms—all in one test.
  • Fast and Cost-Effective: Get actionable insights quicker and at a fraction of the cost of traditional survey methods.

We will send you a package containing everything you need to secure your sample for transit back to our laboratory for processing.

Result turn-around time: 2 weeks

  • 1 – 2 Samples: $525 each
  • 3 – 5 Samples: $400 each
  • 6 – 11 Samples: $250 each (best value for a typical customer)
  • 12 – 47 Samples: $150 each
  • 48 Samples or more: $100 each
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount on all samples quantities (minimum 3 months)

Coral Microbiome Profiling

We can provide a detailed analysis of the microbial and virus communities associated with coral. Understanding the microbiome is critical for evaluating reef health, resilience to environmental stressors, and effectiveness of aquaculture and restoration efforts.

  • Detection and species-level classification for zooxanthellae, fungus, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Health Indicators: Analyze the microbial communities to detect diseases, assess the overall health. and stress resilience of coral.
  • Environmental Responses: Evaluate how the microbiome changes in response to environmental factors, aiding in the identification of stressors and their effects on coral health.
  • Restoration Guidance: Use microbiome data to inform and improve the effectiveness of coral restoration projects before coral mortality occurs.

We will send you a package containing everything you need to secure your sample for transit back to our laboratory for processing.

Result turn-around time: 2 weeks

  • 1 – 2 Samples: $550 each
  • 3 – 5 Samples: $425 each
  • 6 – 11 Samples: $250 each (best value for a typical customer)
  • 12 – 47 Samples: $175 each
  • 48 Samples or more: $125 each
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount on all samples quantities (minimum 3 months)

Coral Genotyping

Our genotyping service provides precise identification and genetic profiling of individual coral species and populations. This data is crucial for understanding biodiversity, population structure, and aiding targeted conservation and restoration efforts. Leveraging whole-genome sequencing, we can rapidly identify heat resistant corals and other traits that could be beneficial for survival under changing environmental conditions.

  • We provide a standardized analysis for all coral taxa.
  • Prevent inbreeding by increasing the number of cultivated genotypes.
  • Identify bleaching resistance genotypes.
  • If phenotype and environmental metadata is available, genotypes can be identified for faster growth, disease resistance, symbiont compatibility, and water condition preference.

We will send you a package containing everything you need to secure your sample for transit back to our laboratory for processing.

Result turn-around time: 2 weeks

  • 1 – 2 Samples: $550 each
  • 3 – 5 Samples: $425 each
  • 6 – 11 Samples: $250 each (best value for a typical customer)
  • 12 – 47 Samples: $175 each
  • 48 Samples or more: $125 each
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount on all samples quantities (minimum 3 months)

We will send you a package containing everything you need to secure your sample for transit back to our laboratory for processing.

If requested, stored samples can be returned within 1 week
or analyzed by any of our services at a future date, providing genomic insights when the time is right.

  • 1 – 5 Samples: $50 each
  • 6 – 11 Samples: $35 each
  • 12 Samples or more: $25 each

There is an additional $0.05 per sample per month fixed-rate fee for storage.

Gene Bank Cryostorage

Our coral cryopreservation storage service offers a secure and sustainable method for preserving the genetic material of diverse coral and microorganism species. Biobanking is indispensable for safeguarding coral biodiversity, aiding in research, and providing a reservoir for future restoration projects.

  • Genetic Preservation: Safeguard the genetic diversity of coral populations, making it possible to restore or reproduce specific genotypes in the future.
  • Research and Development: Create a valuable repository for ongoing and future research projects, offering a source for genetic material without disturbing natural habitats.
  • Emergency Backup: Serve as a genetic “safety net” in the event of catastrophic environmental changes, disease outbreaks, or other emergencies that could decimate natural coral populations.
  • If requested, stored samples can also be analyzed by any of our services at a future date, providing genomic insights when the time is right.