Powered by TESS™
When soil samples arrive in our lab in Ames, Iowa, they are analyzed by our revolutionary TESS (Trace Environment Soil System) engine. This science-driven engine quickly and completely digitizes and decodes soil biology. We start with our TraceCHEM™ diagnostic program to provide a complete chemical analysis of soil fertility. TESS then extracts and sequences all the DNA from the soil using state-of-the-art Illumina® sequencers. Finally, TESS filters its findings with our unmatched soil sample database, incorporating proprietary data science, algorithms, and processes to decode DNA sequences into meaningful, actionable information.
Although TESS allows us to go beyond competitive soil system analytics, we are committed to continuing to make our engine even more powerful and agile. Our goal is to maximize our understanding of regional trends in the soil microbiome to further improve our benchmarking and action recommendations. In addition to agronomic services, TESS can also offer measurements for broader uses of soil biology, such as remediation of contaminated soils, detecting pathogens that are relevant for human and animal health, and developing soil-based carbon sequestration.