ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard

ZymoBIOMICS® Microbial Community Standard


  • Accurate composition: composition cross-validated with multiple types of measurements.
  • Assessing bias in DNA isolation: containing microbes of varying size and cell wall recalcitrance (8 bacteria and 2 yeasts).
  • Microbiomics QC: ideal for microbiome profiling quality control.


Microbial composition profiling techniques powered by Next-Generation sequencing are becoming routine in microbiomics and metagenomics studies. However, these analytical techniques can suffer from significant bias from collection to analysis. The ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard is designed to assess bias and errors in the extraction methods of a microbiomics workflow. The Microbial Community Standard mimics a mixed microbial community of well-defined composition, containing three easy-to-lyse Gram-negative bacteria, five tough-to-lyse Gram-positive bacteria, and two tough-to-lyse yeasts. Acting as a defined input from the beginning, the Microbial Community Standard can guide construction and optimization of entire workflows and can also be used as a routine quality control.

Theoretical Composition Based on Genomic DNA: Listeria monocytogenes – 12%, Pseudomonas aeruginosa – 12%, Bacillus subtilis – 12%, Escherichia coli – 12%, Salmonella enterica – 12%, Lactobacillus fermentum – 12%, Enterococcus faecalis – 12%, Staphylococcus aureus – 12%, Saccharomyces cerevisiae – 2%, and Cryptococcus neoformans – 2%.

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Technical Specifications

Purity < 0.01% foreign microbial DNA
Sample Source A mixture of ten inactivated microorganisms (bacterial and fungal).
Sample Storage -80 °C


ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard

Cat # Name Size
D6300 ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard 10 Preps