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Building Microbial Communities

This is an abridged version of Dr. Judith Fitzpatrick’s talk at last December’s Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag conference. Article is also featured in the April 2022 issue of Acres U.S.A. magazine. When a grower first goes organic, they often have one field that’s organic and, right next to it, a field that

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microBIOMETER® in Urban Soil Study

Zack Shier, Board Certified Master Arborist and Plant Health Care Manager at Joseph Tree Service, is utilizing microBIOMETER® in his study titled Effects of Humate and Organic Based Soil Treatments on Urban Soil Characteristics. Introduction to the study. Urban soils have long plagued tree care providers with a difficult obstacle to tree health optimization.

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microBIOMETER® on the road again in New Orleans!

microBIOMETER® was proud to have a booth at the Commodity Classic Conference and Trade Show in New Orleans. The show was an extravaganza of BIG Ag; huge tractors and heavy equipment along with country singers at the Bayer Booth! We were excited to connect with lots of old friends as well as

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On the road talking soil health and microBIOMETER®

microBIOMETER® attended the 33rd Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin February 24-26th. The trade show was back LIVE after two virtual years with days full of keynote speakers as well as sessions on homesteading, livestock, water management, and soil health (our favorite!) Our own Laura Decker hosted a booth

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microBIOMETER® and Chloroform Fumigation Extraction

Prolific Earth Sciences, Inc. (PES) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) collaborated on a study to compare the gold standard of laboratory soil microbial biomass testing, Chloroform Fumigation Extraction (CFE), with microBIOMETER®. The multiple steps, time, and labor involved with CFE require pricing at up to $500 per sample.

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Things you need to know about the fungal to bacterial ratio

microBIOMETER® is the only non-laboratory test for F:B. The methods of measuring F:B ratio give very different values (1-11). The Gold Standard for estimating fungal biomass is microscopy, which calculates fungal biovolume. Note that microBIOMETER® detects the same range as microscopy- not surprising as it was validated by correlation with microscopy.

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microBIOMETER@ now includes results guide directly in the app!

We are very excited to share this latest update to the microBIOMETER® app! With this update, customers will now receive instant, visual feedback for their results. For microbial biomass, the range is reflected as low to excellent. The fungal to bacterial ratio available for soil and compost is displayed as below, mid

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microBIOMETER® correlates with soil health and yield stability

Nature article reports that microbial biomass estimates by microBIOMETER® correlates with soil health and yield stability. The microBIOMETER® soil test was used to report microbial biomass in a recent Nature publication*. Scientists Dr. Judith Fitzpatrick and Dr. Brady Trexler of microBIOMETER® collaborated with a University of Tennessee team headed by Dr. Amin Nouri.

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