See what’s in your soil.
We offer microscopic assessments for soil samples, compost samples and vermicastings.
Want to know more about Microscopy?
Using a microscope to assess soil health is called “microscopy,” or “direct microscopy.” Sometimes it is referred to as “direct counts.” The lenses of a microscope create a magnified image of an illuminated sample. This magnification is usually around 100x to 400x, allowing us to see even single-celled creatures.
Microscopy can help measure the levels and diversity of microbes and animals from multiple trophic levels in the soil.
This can include:
- The ratio of fungi to bacteria (F:B)
- Types of nematodes
- Protozoa such as