Sample Submission Requirements
- DNA sample: DNA ≥ 300 ng, concentration ≥ 10 ng/ul, and OD260/280 = 1.8-2.0
- Ensure the sample is intact and has not become degraded
- Do not let the sample repeatedly freeze and/or thaw
- Use ice packs or dry ice to preserve the sample submission
CMDC Labs’ state-of-the-art scientific equipment produces reliable and comprehensive data. Results of tests are presented in easily read reports that highlight crucial, client-specific information. The client will be able to cross-analyze soil microbiology data with plant tissue data to glean an understanding of not only how crops and seeds are performing, but also the unrealized soil’s potential.
Analysis of Samples
The client’s soil can be characterized according to the abundance or activity of microorganisms therein and, in turn, provide insights regarding the ecosystem of the soil and its relative health. Soil samples sent to CMDC Labs will be analyzed according to client specifications for the abundance and types of beneficial and detrimental microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi).
Bacteria and Fungi
Bacterial and fungal microorganisms both play crucial functions in soil. Soil systems with heavy bacterial loads are associated with extensive agricultural production. Numerous vital nutritional and health services are performed by bacteria in the soil. Microorganisms can adapt to a variety of micro-environments within soil and change their nature to benefit suitable plant communities. Bacteria assist in the following:
- Soil structure and nutritional improvement
- Soil nutrient recycling
- Water recycling
Fungi also participate in the health and maintenance of soil. Natural soil systems typically have high fungal loads. Nutrients, essential for protecting vegetation from disease and predators, are highly retained by fungi. High fungal loads assist in the following:
- Water recycling
- Soil nutrient dynamics
- Containment of disease
Together, bacteria and fungi work to improve soil conditions. Both act to provide important decomposition pathways necessary for the function of soil that includes conversion of difficult-to-digest organic material into nourishment that can be utilized by other organisms. Uniquely different yet also as necessary, bacteria and fungi assist the soil most regarding crop performance when their ratio is approximately 1:1. An even ratio and high load of bacteria and fungi allow optimal nutrient cycling which, in turn, guarantees the following:
- Proper bacterial and fungal populations in soil
- Maintenance of soil water penetration and storage capacity
- Accessibility of plant-soluble nutrients in soil
Soil environments with deficient bacterial and fungal densities are biologically insufficient and could be amended with a variety of organic enhancements, such as probiotics.