Microscope analysis

Observing soil in the microscope can provide great insight into the current ecological status, changes over time or with treatments, and the effectiveness of soil management strategies. Click here to learn more.

We currently offer four types of microscope analysis.

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 count of protozoa and other organisms

  • Estimate of fungal biomass

  • Estimate of bacterial biomass

  • The approximate ratio of fungi to bacteria

  • Evaluation of soil ecological status

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 registration 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).



Do you want to analyze your own soil?

Here’s a guide to help you get started!

Microscope guide - English
Microscope guide - Danish