Jeff Lowenfels Author of “Teaming with Microbes, Teaming with Nutrients” and “Teaming with Fungi” ”
I have been looking for a quick, inexpensive and simple home test to determine if soil and products “Team With Microbes” for years. The microBIOMETER® is just what the soil food web ordered!
Prolific Earth Science’s microBIOMETER has been an excellent field-test for validating the effectiveness of our applied soil amendments. As with any new process or technique there is a learning curve and a familiarity you must gain. I can say from personal experience that once this is attained with the microBIOMETER system it will become a quick, effective, and valuable tool. With the agriculture industry’s momentum towards more sustainable cropping practices and emphasis on soil health, I believe the microBIOMETER will be a central part of my field evaluations moving forward.
Brandon Rust Organic/probiotic Cannabis cultivator, Crop management Consultant
Co-Owner of Bokashi Earthworks
microBIOMETER® is a great tool for measuring the microbiological activity of your soils. This allows you to have a better understanding of what needs to be done to improve your soil fertility because everything starts with the biology in your soil. They’re the most important component in balancing and maintaining a healthy soil ecosystem. Soil biology is also the main component in nutrient cycling and making organic matter into plant available nutrients for biosynthesis.
microBIOMETER® is extremely easy to use and comes with step-by-step instructions but once you’ve done it once you’ll know how to do it again! One of the things I personally love the most is the imagery, with the ability to digitally look at the image and share across digital and social media platforms. I have a greater capacity to reach a wider audience. Imagery is everything in the digital age. And also because I am trying to educate everyone about the importance of organic sustainable agriculture practices from the home gardener to the large scale agriculture farms. I want to steer people away from chemical fertilizers that are damaging our ecosystems and harming our aquifers and water tables.
Mt Hope Farms Small, multi-generational family farm located in Oregon specializing in growing unique berries/fruits and producing organic fruit spreads.
Had a great opportunity to take my new microbe test kit out for a spin. It was quick and easy to get results and gave us a great insight into where we are at today. I’ve only run a few tests but it was easy and an invaluable tool to immediately see exactly where we are at, soil microbe wise.I plan to be using this quite frequently to evaluate how we are doing with our farm/soil stewardship goals.
We plan to do testing before and after applications of a number of commonly used products on our farm so we can evaluate if each one is helping or hurting our microbes. This way if we do have to do anything that will hurt them we can hopefully follow it with products and practices that will help them heal.
Galil Soil Farm located in Yavne’el, Israel. Binyamin Klempner Producer of Artisian Soil Amendments
As a small business owner in the business of creating the highest quality artisan soil amendments, I found myself at a distinct disadvantage. While I knew by observation, and more importantly from results, that my products are the best, I was lacking scientific data and actual numbers. Although I purchased a microscope, recognizing and identifying what I was looking for was beyond the scope of my expertise. This lack of hard data made me unsure of, and even doubt, my products.
microBIOMETER® has been a tremendous game changer for me. Now I can test my soil amendments and know without a doubt (with soil Microbial Biomass (MB) levels ranging from 436-2029) that mine are the best soil amendments being put on the market. This confidence in my products, the confidence afforded to me by microBIOMETER® allows me to approach customers with the confidence I need in order to be successful. And of course, plant success is my success.
Jason Radcliff, a principal and the Director of Quality Management at dwg. Company passionate about urbanism, positioning the landscape as green infrastructure and designing solutions that encourage social and environmental change.
I utilized microBIOMETER® on the sustainable Republic Square project during and post-construction. I found the results of the tests very interesting. I immediately noticed that soils that were within close proximity of existing trees and that were less impacted by construction activities returned the highest MB levels. Now that a baseline representation has been established– we know which areas need improvement and have the ability to monitor changes as they progress toward minimum thresholds. microBIOMETER® will play an important role in identifying trends in soil health across various areas within the park.
Heritage Tree Care Provides professional tree care to residential and commercial customers.
We use your microBIOMETER® to assess the ability of soil underneath trees to cycle nutrients. If we have client with a sick tree, we can quickly see if the problem is low microbial biomass. If it is, then we can do vertical composting and apply humate (among other things) to start a positive feedback loop which sets up long term tree health. The speed at which we get results with your product makes it vastly superior to traditional soil nutrient tests.
Until now, monitoring the microbial biomass in my large scale Living Soil cultivation facilities has been costly and time consuming. Sending my soil samples out for evaluation can take a week or more. With the microBIOMETER®, I’m able to see instantaneous and accurate results. This test allows me to see how the choices I made yesterday (any feed, watering, or environmental change) affects my Soil Food Web today. With microBIOMETER®, I can innovate and troubleshoot quickly, which is essential when running a professional garden.
Additionally, microBIOMETER® allows growers who prefer soil cultivation to harness cutting edge monitoring technology in an industry that has catered to hydroponic growers for too long. I have extremely meticulous clients throughout the USA, and we use microBIOMETER® in all of our gardens—from Humboldt to Denver to Pennsylvania and Ohio. Really happy with this product.
Ben Samuelson (soilbiology.tech) Graduate student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln specializing in horiculture.
The soil microBIOMETER® system was by far the easiest, quickest, and cheapest test in an extensive panel of measures I am using in my graduate research comparing various composts. The variability of repeated measures by microBIOMETER® is low, so it is a promising tool for research that needs many samples of adequate precision. While the test reports in micrograms of microbial biomass, it may also be a useful tool for determining other attributes of the sample like soluble organic carbon etc.
There is no one definitive or perfect way to ascertain soil microbial biomass, a quick tool like the microBIOMETER® opens up the benefits of taking many measures to understand differences across place, management, or time.
bio365 Produces biologically activated and nutrient dense biochar soils for professional cultivation.
Awesome to meet you guys – what a difference your tech made to quantifying bio365 soil!
Bryan Wachsman (303organiccannabis) Living soil cannabis educator.
This is one of the ways you can test what you’re doing at home as far as the levels of microbes you have within your soil system.
Todd Dalotto (CAN! Research)Innovates and implements protocol for the scientific research of cannabis.
microBIOMETER® is portable, easy to use and offers instant results. I also appreciate the developer’s passion for soil microbiology.
It took me a while before I finally pulled the trigger and decided to buy this “lab-grade kit”, but after hearing Jeff Lowenfels talk about it at a conference, I had to try it out. The results were amazing and gave me an accurate biomass reading. I decided to test out my non living-soil and the results came back much lower than my living soil biomass results! Honestly I can now see why they are saying this is 10% of the cost of an actual lab test because the whole procedure actually felt like it was something a scientist would actually do!