ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standards
To improve the quality and reproducibility of microbiomics analyses, Zymo Research has endeavored to develop microbial reference materials. The ZymoBIOMICS Microbial Community Standard is the first commercially available standard for microbiomics and metagenomics studies. The microbial standard is a well-defined, accurately characterized mock community consisting of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and yeast with varying sizes and cell wall composition. The wide range of organisms with different properties enables characterization, optimization, and validation of lysis methods such as bead beating. It can be used as a defined input to assess the performance of entire microbiomic/metagenomic workflows, therefore enabling workflows to be optimized and validated. A mock microbial DNA community standard allows researchers to focus the optimization after the step of DNA extraction.