U of G researcher develops soil health test that could save time, money

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2022

Written by U of G News

View of a farm landscape, where most of the ground is green and lush with plants. There are strips of brown soil visible between rows.
Soil field trials at a farm (Photo courtesy Heather White, Soils at Guelph)

In this Alliance-funded research, Dr. Adam Gillespie and team developed a tool that creates a soil "fingerprint" using infrared spectroscopy.

The technology could replace traditional time-consuming and costly methods that involve extracting samples and sending them to a lab to be analyzed.

The tool is being tested on research farms. The fingerprint also provides database-informed, regional-specific soil management recommendations for producers.

Read the story: World Soil Day: U of G Testing Technique Promises Healthier Soil, Food

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