Chasing the microbial diversity of Cambridge's freshwater
The Microbiome of the Cam
Punting & Sequencing (PuntSeq) started off as a small project of Cambridge PhD students
using a portable real-time DNA analyzer
to discover bacteria in the local river Cam.
Monitoring water quality
Our aim is to develop a generally applicable approach to profile microorganisms in any aquatic environment. Easy, at low-cost.
In light of continuously decreasing freshwater qualities worldwide, monitoring workflows are becoming crucial.
July 11, 2020
Join our online PuntSeq for Kids workshop!
Living Mud: Grow your own microbial zoo
We are happy to present our very first online PuntSeq for Kids workshop instructed by our collaborator Susannah Salter and hosted by West Suffolk College. After the workshop you can upload your living mud photos here as well!
February 07, 2020
Our preprint is available on bioRxiv
Hi Cambridge, DNA friends and river water enthusiasts around the world! After two years, our team is happy to present you the first nanopore sequencing analyses of the River Cam microbiome.
March 31, 2019
in the BBC news
Read in this weeks BBC news article "DNA study of Cambridge river aims toidentify water bugs" how we use trans-portable DNA sequencing to identify potentially pathogenic bacteria in the river Cam
July 26, 2019
Interview on the DNA Sequencing Workshop
We joined forces with the Biomake-space team to teach people how they can detect bacteria in the Cam. Learn more about the workshop in the interview by That's TV Cambridge.
Health and the River
Public Survey Analysis
We have conducted a public online survey assessing Cambridge citizens' general contact with the river Cam as well as peoples actual experiences. See what people have reported: