Contact us for:
1. Customized Research and Development
2. Microbiome Profiling Services
3. Nutrient Analysis Services
4. Field and Greenhouse Trials
5. Remote Monitoring for Crop and Tree Health
6. New Methods For Soil and Crop Health Analysis
Producing food is one of the oldest professions. However, in the last five decades, food producers have become increasingly disconnected from the people and animals who consume the food they produce. Super industrialization of food has had negative impacts on delivering adequate nutrients. The primary focus has shifted to increasing yields. Growing food for human and animal consumption bears the responsibility of delivering nutrients to support healthy life with minimal impact on the planet. It requires the management of essential nutrient elements to cultivate top-quality crops, which can generate profits for the grower and improve planetary health. Soil is a significant source from where plants get nutrients. Plants absorb nutrients from the soil, which then need to be replenished. Routine soil and crop analysis and management is essential for maintaining food quality and combating potential diseases. Soil and plant microbiomes can be profiled and enhanced by beneficial bacterial and fungal applications to increase the efficiency of water and nutrient uptake. It is equally important to monitor the impact of agricultural practices on soil and crops to maintain soil health and increase productivity.Crop health analysis is a critical component that is usually ignored. Plants are living organisms that literally feed the entire planet. Healthy soil produces healthy crops consisting of essential nutrients to sustain life on the planet. Nutrient density in harvested fruits and vegetables can be assessed and competitively valued for the market. Food is available in two forms, either fresh or processed. Consumers are becoming more conscious of their diets. Quantification of nutrients in the end products can help optimize food production and processing, leading to higher nutrient value foods.
Crop health analysis is another critical component that is usually ignored. Plants are living organisms that literally feed the entire planet. Healthy soil produces healthy crops consisting of essential nutrients to sustain life on the planet. Nutrient density in harvested fruits and vegetables can be assessed and competitively valued for the market. Food is available in two forms, either fresh or processed. Consumers are becoming more conscious of their diets. Quantification of nutrients in the end products can help optimize food production and processing, leading to higher nutrient value foods.
TerreLocal has partnered with i-Cultiver, which is a consortium of scientists and industry professionals with a deep knowledge of food production methods, crop monitoring, nutrient assessment, marketing strategies and local food supply chains. They provide consultation and analytical services to the food and agriculture industry.
Contact TerreLocal or i-Cultiver for your specific needs for customized work, including collaborative research with the option of peer-reviewed publications.
Greenhouse and Field Trials
TerreLocal works with i-Cultiver in providing greenhouse and field trials, including yield, crop health (biotic and abiotic pressures) and nutrient quality trials. The i-Cultiver consortium of university and industry professionals design and perform customized trials, with the possibility of publication in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with leading researchers. The availability of these services and the scope may vary based upon the project and its goals.
Microbiome profiling (16S rRNA gene sequencing)
Microorganisms are closely linked to all genetic and biochemical processes that sustain life on our planet. Microbes influence human health, lifestyle and diseases, and they stimulate plant growth and provide essential support to the ecosystem.
With recent advances in next generation sequencing methods, it is possible to profile microbial communities in soil, inside the crops, in our guts and nearly all compartments of the planetary microbiome. Microbiome profiling can provide critical information in determining plant growth and health. Beneficial bacteria in the soil provide unquestionable support by metabolizing complex nutrients to make them available to crops. Microbiome profiling of soil, rhizosphere (the soil tightly attached to root surface) and endosphere (inside the roots) is signif
icantly effective in managing crop performance.
Collecting and shipping soil and crop samples to i-Cultiver is convenient because only small volumes are needed for the analysis. Separating the soil, rhizosphere and endosphere compartments requires specialized training and expertise. Collected samples can be shippe
d to i-Cultiver for processing and analysis. Contact us (email@example.com) or i-Cultiver (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will guide you through the steps for sample collection and shipment for microbiome profiling
Nutrient Chemical Analysis
Nutrient chemical analyses of soil, plant organs, and harvested food is performed by various methods. These methods can be used to determine the potential of the soil to supply nutrients and trace elements necessary for plant nourishment, the uptake of nutrients into the plant, and the nutrient density in harvested or processed foods.
ICP Analysis Method
Inductively Coupled Plasma or ICP procedure is a powerful method to analyze nutrient elements present in soil, roots, leaves, or any consumable food. Samples can be shipped to our partner, i-Cultiver. TerreLocal supports production and consumption of nutritionally rich foods. Contact us (email@example.com) or i-Cultiver (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will guide you through the steps for sample collection and shipment for ICP Analysis.
X-ray fluorescence or XRF is an advanced element analysis technique. It uses X-ray signatures of individual elements to spot the molecular composition in samples.
Nitrogen levels can be quantified in soil, plant and food samples. Contact us for more details.
Nutrient Pigment/Antioxidant Analysis
Pigments such as anthocyanin, beta-carotene, or other nutritionally valuable antioxidants can be measured. Contact us for more details.
Flavor and Aroma Compounds
Organic compounds such as phenolics contribute to flavor and aroma. These and other components can be measured. Contact us for more details.
Chlorophyll measurement can reveal relative photosynthetic capacity between treated and control plants. It can also be used to determine delays in senescence. Leaf chlorophyll levels may drop due to stress, disease and senescence. Monitoring chlorophyll levels can provide a good estimate of changes in plant health and productivity. Contact us for more details.
Remote Monitoring by Quantitative Analysis of Available Satellite Images
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CLASlite is a unique software that converts spectral information from satellite images into quantitative greenness maps. CLASlite can be used to monitor changes in greenness of treetops and crops on land surface. It can be used historically with available satellite images to correlate incidents of stress with the health of trees in a forest and healthy land cover, leading to assessments of crop performance and yield management. CLASlite is available through i-Cultiver with a free online course. It performs sophisticated analysis with user-friendly interphase. Developed by Dr. Greg Asner, CLASlite is designed to monitor land cover (greenness) by anyone with a PC computer for any GPS location around the globe. Contact us for more details.