Microscopic Analysis

Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes…they all matter and play important roles in soil health. But they all come in beneficial and harmful forms. Good guys will protect plants from disease and pests; bad guys may eat roots or enable conditions for diseases to thrive. 

A microscopic analysis can determine the amount and types of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoan, and nematodes present in a compost or soil sample. This information is vital in understanding the health of your sample. 

Collecting and Submitting Your Sample
  1. Submit the microscopic analysis request form and pay the fee
  2. Once you receive a confirmation email, collect your sample following the instructions below
  3. Once the sample is collected, post immediately to the address provided in the confirmation email

Remember, the sooner the sample is analyzed after being collected, the more accurate the results will be.

Collecting a compost sample
Collecting a soil sample
Sample label to be affixed to the outside of the sample bag

Your Results

This qualitative analysis will determine the entire microbiome of your sample including the presence or absence of the following:

Beneficial Microorganisms

Bacteria biomass (μg/g)
Fungal biomass (μg/g)
Total actinobacteria (μg/g)
Total amoebae (#/g)
Total flagellates (#/g)
Bacterial-feeding nematodes (#/g)
Fungal-feeding nematodes (#/g)
Predatory nematodes (#/g)

Detrimental Microorganisms

Total Actinobacterial biomass (μg/g)
Total Oomycete biomass (μg/g)
Total ciliate biomass (#/g)
Presence of root feeding nematodes (#/g)
Pathogen and disease bacteria (yes or not applicable)

Your report will also include an interpretation of the the results mean, a description of overall health, and recommendations based on plants present and plants desired.


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