A World of Applications for ArDB

ArDB has no limitations on the data types that can be held within the database. So no matter what research area you are working in, what type of samples you are working on or what type of instrumentation you use, ArDB is entirely flexible to accomodate your requirements. Here are some more ideas to show you how ArDB might be able to help your research.

Food Authenticity

Stable isotope analysis is a technique which can detect fraudulent adulteration or mislabelling of premium and protected foods. Investigating the unique isotope signature and comparing to a database of authentic samples can accurately determine the true origin of a food stuff, guaranteeing the safety of the public as well as the future of these specialist and traditional foods that deserve our protection. Stable isotope analysis can also be used to confirm the use of organic farming practices, or the addition of cheaper additives to a premium product, ultimately protecting both the consumer, and the reputation of genuine suppliers.


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Stable oxygen and hydrogen isotope analysis of environmental waters can provide a unique understanding and characterization of many hydrogeological systems. Determination of these isotopes gains understanding of reservoir residence times, groundwater recharge rates and mixing models. The isotopic variation of precipitation over the globe provides a fundamental starting point for many other applications such as Ecology and Food Authenticity which make use of the ability to geo-locate samples from their oxygen and hydrogen isotope signature. ArDB is supplied with a snapshot of the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation (GNIP) database to help establish your particular application.


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The use of stable isotopes for ecological studies allows the subtle interactions between organisms and their environment to become clear. By understanding that organisms develop their own intrinsic isotope signature as a result of the environment that they live in, then if a database can be compiled recording the isotope signatures of various parts of an organisms anatomy it can serve as a way of proving the origin of the organism. For example, the isotope signature captured of a bird feather can help to uncover migration patterns by relating the 2H and 18O signatures in the feather to the GNIP database. 


Stable isotope analysis has proven to be of great use when tracing the ancient movements of our ancestors through time. Stable isotopes of oxygen, strontium and lead in archaeologic specimens are highly dominated by local geology and climate which then allows the specimen to be geo-located by comparing against databases of other specimens. For example, the 18O istopes in the tooth enamel of a skeleton is related to drinking water which can be geo-located thanks to databases such as GNIP.


Harnessing the power of the unique stable isotope fingerprint makes it possible to determine similarities between different drug seizures and so follow trafficking routes back to their original clandestine source. The same principle can be applied to other criminal materials such as explosives or counterfeit money and goods. Stable isotopes can also be utilised to put unidentified corpses in to geographical context by comparing the stable isotope fingerprint of hair, bone, tooth and nails with known databases to evaluate the life history of the victim.



When you are in the field and taking samples to bring back to the lab the spatiotemporal relationship of your samples is going to be of great interest. With ArDB's functionality as a Geographic Information System (GIS), these relationships can be elucidated and visualized. ArDB also brings great benefit to researchers working alongside other laboratories on collaborative projects with its cloud-based database server giving all stakeholders easy access to the database.

Laboratory Performance

When analyzing your precious samples in your laboratory it is essential that the instrument performance is at the best possible level. ArDB can be used as a tool for evaluating your instrument performance over time by integrating with IonOS directly. By passing your quality control standards into ArDB you can use the charts tool to easily track the performance of the system and get ahead of any possible maintenance before it becomes a problem.

Want to see how ArDB can work with your application?

ArDB is designed to work with practically any data type that you generate and so is capable of working with almost any application. If you would like to know more about how ArBD can work for you, or would like to see a live demonstration of the software then please do not hesitate to contact us today. 


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