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Introducing TraceN

TraceCOMPLETETM now includes guidance on Nitrogen management.

Trace Genomics is excited to announce the launch of TraceN: a first-of-its kind tool that connects soil biology data to nitrogen fertility product placement. It joins TracePHOS, the Seed Solution Guide, and the Field Management Snapshot to solidify TraceCOMPLETE as the most comprehensive soil management package on the market.

TraceN is an intuitive, easy-to-use report that provides guidance for placing nitrogen fertility products and increases confidence in management decisions. It fits alongside the other tools in the TraceCOMPLETE repertoire to strengthen grower confidence in agronomists and consultants at the farmgate.

What’s included in the report?

Biological Nitrogen Loss

  • Urea volatilization potential: Represents the abundance of microbes in a sample responsible for converting urease to ammonium. 
  • Nitrification potential: Represents the abundance of microbes in a sample responsible for converting ammonium to nitrate (the form of nitrogen most susceptible to loss). 
  • Denitrification potential: Represents the abundance of microbes responsible for transforming nitrate into nitrogen gasses, which are lost to the atmosphere. This form of loss mainly occurs in waterlogged soils with low oxygen levels.

Biological Nitrogen Gain

  • Symbiotic nitrogen fixers: The abundance of nitrogen-fixing microbes that form a symbiotic relationship with crops; the microbe reported is dependent on the crop selected.
  • Free-living nitrogen fixation potential: Represents the abundance of microbial genes in a sample responsible for nitrogen fixation that is not dependent on a symbiotic relationship with a host plant.


  • Ammonium, nitrate, CEC, OM, and pH

Science Behind It

  • Explanation of how these indicators fit into the nitrogen cycle.

The TraceN report will be accessible to current TraceVIEW users in April 2024.

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