Trace Genomics was founded on the belief that soil science should be accessible for people to make practical decisions. Soil testing at the DNA level opened up a new layer of data that had never before been accessed at scale—the technology was limited to a research environment. In 2015, Diane Wu and Poornima Parameswaran changed that, and brought soil DNA sequencing to every farmer, agronomist, and stakeholder working with soil. Trace Genomics takes science out of the lab and into the field and translates soil DNA into actionable insights.
Soil, just like every living organism, has DNA. DNA is made of the genetic code that is like the instruction manual controlling how your soil works. The only way to determine how that genetic code is working is a process called “genome sequencing”. Genome sequencing involves taking your soil’s DNA, reading it and comparing it to an extensive soil DNA database. By comparing your soil’s DNA with thousands of other soils’ DNA, we can give you a health report of your soil.
Your soil’s DNA will tell everything you need to know like the type of growing environment it’s providing for your plant, how susceptible it is to disease, and how efficiently it’s absorbing nutrients.