Soil Foodweb Inc.
Dr. Elaine Ingham

   Soil Foodweb Laboratories For Microbiological Testing

The methodology for analyzing soil health based on identifying and quantifying soil micro-organisms was developed by Dr. Elaine Ingham. After 30+ years of studying and improving soils, she and the Soil Foodweb, Inc. have identified optimal soil microbe ratios for compost, compost teas, crops, landscape plants, trees, and shrubs. Soil, compost, and compost tea/extract samples sent to these labs below will be analyzed for microbial diversity and compared with optimal ranges.

United States Testing Laboratories

Soil Foodweb, Inc.
(*Please note: Taking soil samples in winter -- Most organisms are dormant when soil temperature is low (<40F). Thus, better times to take soil samples are in fall or spring)
The Environment Celebration Institute
13193 Oroville Quincy Hwy 
Berry Creek, CA 95916
Phone: 530-589-9947
Mobile: 707-225-5762

Samples are ONLY accepted on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursdays. This gives the technicians time to complete the testing. Pre-payment MUST accompany the submissions form, we do not do invoicing. We will not be able to do your test if received on other days or without payment. Please use fedex OVERNIGHT to send samples because the Institute is up in the mountains and fedex is the only service that is guaranteed to arrive on time. Take the sample the day you send it. Only send 1/4 cup of dry material, more is not necessary, or 1/4 small water plastic bottle full of liquid teas. Take samples of soil using an apple corer. We only need a sample from the top 1-3 inches of soil. Please fill out the submission form and the chain of custody form and send to us with your payment.

Testing: Soil, Compost,  Compost Tea, and Extract (Qualitative Assessments), Total Bacteria (actinobacteria, rods, cocci), Total Fungi (colored wide diameter vs narrow, clear), Protozoa (flagellates, amoebae, ciliates), Nematodes (to functional groups), Total Foodweb Package (Bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes). Click on the link "Soil.Foodweb.Order.Form.a.pdf" to download the form to submit your samples.



Harrington's Organic Landcare Services

70 Highland Park Drive
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Office Phone: 860-243-8733 x 11
Fax: 860-882-0271

Our laboratory opened in 2007 to serve as both a research and soil testing faciltity. Our state-of-the-art equipment enables us to research and evaluate the efficacy of new products, provide in-house quality control, and learn more about how microbes affect soil fertility and plant health. Our lab performs soil chemistry and soil biology testing. this proactive approach helps us to understand just what your soil requires, both chemical and biological, allowing us to custom design a program based on your regional soil type(s). Types of testing include: Basic Plus test, Complete Chemistry Test, Qualitative Microbe Package, Basic Foodweb, Complete Foodweb, Complete Foodweb + Mycorrhizae. Interpretations of test data can be included or excluded. If you want organic product recommendations based on a biological soil test, a phone consultation will need to be scheduled with one of our staff members.

Australia Testing Laboratories

Agpath P/L
105 Gunn Road
Garfield, Victoria 3814 Australia
Phone: +61 (0)3 5629 1253
Mobile: +61 (0) 413013247

Testing: SFI suite of tests; fungal identification; pathogen identification; soil microbiology; water testing for human pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, coliforms, etc; compost and compost tea analysis; workshops on making thermal aerobic compost/compost tea; farm management by biological methods; and many more. Ask and we will advise.
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