Products and Services


Direct Toxicity Tests

Acute and Chronic Direct Toxicity Tests


Biological assays to detect toxicity

direct toxicity tests DaphniaThe Direct Toxicity Tests utilized at EBPI Analytics offer acute, sub-chronic and chronic endpoints for a variety of bacteria, micro fauna, marine invertebrates, vertebrates and plant species. The data collected from these assays provide LC50, LOEL and NOEL concentration data for test compounds in aqueous samples (fresh and marine water) and sediment samples.

  • This data is required in many areas including:
  • Primary toxicological assessments
  • Drinking/waste water testing
  • Pesticide approval     
  • Environmental remediation
  • Pharmaceutical development

direct toxicity tests labplants testtubesA number of these assays are required in international water effluent quality testing protocols including WSER, NPDES, and WFD. The direct toxicity assays run at EBPI Analytics have been used extensively in government, academia, and industry.

Most of the assays provided at EBPI Analytics follow developed standardized protocols in accordance with the ISO, OECD, and EPA. Several of the assays with no current international standard are in the approval process to be standardized.

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Bacterial Monitoring Services

Bacterial Identification, Quantification and Characterization Assays

bacterial monitoring bacteria blueEBPI Analytics offers several different assays to evaluate bacterial contamination. We are very excited about our service possibilities as they can be combined with one another to provide a great deal of information about all types of bacterial contamination issues. We detect the presence and quantity of bacterial indicators which serve as markers for fecal contamination. Furthermore, EBPI Analytics and its partners at Microbial Insights, offer bacterial characterization services to identify the source of contamination and provide possible rationales for the test results. In this way, we offer a COMPLETE STORY for clients dealing with bacteria issues.

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Mutagenicity Testing

Mutagenicity Testing

mutagenicity testing labpipetteinplatewDNAEBPI Analytics offers a large selection of traditional Ames tests to meet any research requirement. There are multiple options offered for these assays, and clients can choose from different bacterial strains, developed for specific sensitivities to mutation type. We also offer both Salmonella and E. coli test bacteria which allows standardization of our assays to previously established test protocols depending on client requirements. Clients can also choose between three assay methods including a standard plate assay, fluctuation test, and a modified ISO procedure. The assay choices promote flexibility depending on personal preference, budget, application, or experimental design. We also offer optional addition of S9 fraction rat liver extracts to metabolically bioactivate genotoxins, which increases the number of mutagenic compounds detected by the Ames assays.

Options for Ames Tests:


Name of Ames Test

Description of Ames Test S9 Availability Comments
Ames Test Traditional Ames Test based on the Pour Plate Method S9 +/-

Pre-exposure of the bacteria for 30-100 minutes 

3 day assay

Maximum sample per test is 2mL

Muta-ChromoPlate Kit 96 well Microplate format Ames Test S9 +/-

No pre-exposure, bacteria are exposed during the duration of the assay

5-7 day assay

Maximum sample per test is 17.5mL S9- 15.5mL S9+

Ames ISO 384 well Microplate format Ames Test S9 +/-

Pre-exposure of the bacteria for 30-100 minutes

3 day assay

Maximum sample per test is 2ML

Modified ISO 48 well format run in a 96 well Microplate S9 +/-

Pre-exposure of the bacteria for 30-100 minutes

3 day assay

Maximum sample per test is 2 mL


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Genotoxicity Testing

Genotoxicity Testing

genotoxicity testing DNA lightup 1In addition to the specific mutagenicity assays provided by EBPI Analytics, a line of general genotoxicity tests are offered. These assays use modified bacteria that have the induction of a SOS DNA response gene coupled to a gene that expresses a measurable colorimetric endpoint. The degree of induction of the SOS response can be quantified by the degree of colour change, and correlates with the amount of DNA damage in the cell from toxicant exposure. These assays conform to international ISO standards and were suggested for incorporation into legislation for waste water effluent testing as part of the OSPAR commission (2002). They are currently mandated in Europe as part of the water framework directive (WFD). We believe that these assays are ideal to screen multiple environmental samples, waste water effluent and pure compounds for drug approval. These genotoxic tests provide results not seen in the traditional Ames assays, and are ideal for individual screening experiments, or used in conjunction with other mutagenicity assays.

Genotoxicity assays can be coupled with S9 fraction addition when using traditional methods for toxicant bioactivation. However, EBPI Analytics also offers testing services using our recently developed UMU-Express and SOS-Express assays which have been genetically engineered to express either the human CYP 450 1A2 or the GST T1-1 enzymes. These test methods are a to traditional UMU and SOS assays, as they use the similar bacterial strains, but they show marked improvement in sensitivity, biological relevance and environmental screening ability. We are very excited about these assays and believe that they offer the next step in rapid genotoxic evaluation with increased human health  and environmental implications.

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Bioanalytics and Bioinformatics

Bioanalytics and Bioinformatics

bioanalytics bioinformatics MassSpecautosamplerEBPI Analytics is pleased to offer Mass Spectrometry (MS) services to identify and quantify small molecule sample components. Our MS mass analyzers are modern machines with exceptional capabilities. We also offer separation methods that can be coupled with mass analysis to improve spectral resolution and allow compound identification of many environmental contaminants. High resolution Mass Analysis (HRMS) is also offered to provide ppm mass accuracy for publication and unambiguous identification purposes. Standardized sample preparation will be enforced to ensure the protection of our instruments and analysis will be run with pre-approved solvents and concentrations. Developed chromatographic separation methods will also be implemented for the same reason however, our analytical specialist will be happy to aid in supplementary method development at an appropriate cost if necessary.

Please ensure samples submitted do not contain non-volatile buffers and salts. These will interfere with analysis, may suppress ionization of sample analytes, and may contaminate or damage the instrument. If salts are present, you will need to follow a de-salting procedure. Please refer to our handout on some steps to take to avoid this.

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