Microscope analysis

A microscope analysis is an ecological assessment of your soil. You can find out how healthy your soil ecosystem is, and whether or not your soil is in the appropriate stage of ecological succession to support the kind of plants you’d like to grow.

We currently offer four types of microscope analysis for soil.

Fungi/Bacteria ratio, 550 NOK

  • This is the simplest analysis which gives you an estimate of the ecological status of your soil in terms of succession. Bacterial dominated soil is typical of highly disturbed areas, whereas fungally dominant soil is typical of forests. For crop production we generally aim for a ratio close to 1:1 or slightly bacterial dominant, depending on the crop.

Soil checkup, 700 NOK

  • Fungal/bacterial dominance

  • Evaluation of soil structure, organic matter, and soil organisms

Soil analysis, 1600 NOK

  • A full count of protozoa and other organisms with a score for biodiversity

  • Estimate of fungal biomass

  • Estimate of bacterial biomass

  • The approximate ratio of fungi to bacteria

  • Evaluation of soil structure, organic matter, and soil organisms

Compost analysis, 1800 NOK

  • A full count of protozoa and other organisms

  • Estimate of fungal biomass

  • Estimate of bacterial biomass

  • The approximate ratio of fungi to bacteria

Note: Compost is typically bursting with life, so it takes more time to analyze than soil does. We have not established a procedure to evaluate compost as we do with soil, so this analysis is intended primarily for researchers or commercial compost producers who are interested in the specific biological makeup of their compost.

Send samples to:

Mikroliv
Liengrenda 407
3691 Gransherad
Norway

Regular post is fine :)

Register your sample(s) here. We will receive the form as soon as you press “submit”, so there is no need to print it out.



How to collect a soil sample for microscope analysis:

  1. Clear vegetation from the surface of the sample area.

  2. Collect soil 0-5 cm deep.

  3. Take several sub-samples and mix them together in a bucket to create one representative sample of the area to be tested.

  4. Place about 200g of the soil in a bag or other airtight, mail-safe container with some air. Repeat for each plot that is to be tested. Label each sample clearly with your name/place, the date, and sample number (if there is more than one sample from the same place). Keep a record of where each sample was taken.

  5. Complete the sample submission form (here). We will receive the form as soon as you press “submit”, so there is no need to print it out.

  6. Send samples to:

    Mikroliv
    Liengrenda 407
    3691 Gransherad
    Norway

    Regular post is fine :)

  7. Wait for the results!

    You’ll get an email when we have received your samples, along with an estimate of when you will receive your results (it’s normally less than two weeks).