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Request for Applications

Analytical Services for the North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements

Submission Deadline: November 8, 2018

Submit Applications to:

Paul W. Tracy, Project Manager: ptracy@soilhealthinstitute.org

 

Introduction:

The Soil Health Institute is seeking laboratories to conduct soil analyses in support of a North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements. Soil samples will come from up to 150 long-term agricultural field experiments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Laboratories will receive soil samples in a field-moist, un-sieved condition shipped from a field site. Sample containers will be labeled with a bar code that must follow the sample through its laboratory analysis and reporting.
Qualified laboratories are invited to submit a proposal for providing soil analyses for one or more of the Analysis Groups below using the referenced methods shown.

Analysis Group Measurement Method Method Reference
A: Soil pH 1:2 soil:water Thomas, 1996
Soil EC 1:2 soil:water Rhoades, 1996
Soil CEC Sum of Cations:
For soil pH > 7.2: use ammonium acetate extractant; For soil pH < 7.2: use Mehlich 3 extractant
Knudsen, et al., 1982;
Sikora and Moore, 2014
% Base Saturation Calculation:
For soil pH > 7.2: use ammonium acetate extractant;
For soil pH < 7.2: use Mehlich 3 extractant
Knudsen, et al., 1982;
Sikora and Moore, 2014
Extractable P For soil pH >7.2: use sodium bicarbonate extractant;
For soil pH < 7.2: use Mehlich 3 extractant
Olsen and Sommers, 1982;
Sikora and Moore, 2014
Extractable K, Ca, Mg, Na For soil pH > 7.2: use ammonium acetate extractant;
For soil pH < 7.2: use Mehlich 3 extractant
Knudsen, et al., 1982;
Sikora and Moore, 2014
Extractable Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn For soil pH > 7.2: use DTPA extractant derivatives;
For soil pH < 7.2: use Mehlich 3 extractant
Lindsay and Norvell, 1978;
Sikora and Moore, 2014
Total N Dry combustion Nelson and Sommers, 1996
Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Dry combustion, corrected for Inorganic C if present using pressure-calcimeter Nelson and Sommers, 1996;
Sherrod, et al., 2002
Soil Texture Pipette Method with a minimum of 3 size classes. Gee and Bauder, 1986
Aggregate Stability Wet sieve Kemper and Roseneau, 1986
Nitrogen Mineralization Short-term anaerobic incubation Bundy and Meisinger, 1994
Sodium Adsorption Ratio Saturated paste extract Miller, et al., 2013
Soil Stability Index Combination of wet and dry sieving at multiple sieve sizes Franzluebbers, et al., 2000
B: Cornell CASH indicators plus, the CASH Index calculation. Soil Texture Hydrometer Kettler, et al, 2001
Available Water Holding Capacity Ceramic plate method measured at -33 kPa (-10 kPa for sandy soils) and -1500 kPa Klute, 1986
Wet Aggregate Stability Cornell Rainfall Simulator Moebius, et al., 2007
Organic Matter Loss on Ignition Broadbent, 1965
Soil Protein Index Autoclaved citrate extractable Wright et al., 1996
Soil Respiration (Short- term carbon mineralization) 4-Day incubation Zibilske, 1994
Active Carbon Potassium permanganate Weil, et al., 2003
Standard Nutrient Anal. Modified Morgan extract Horton, 2011
C: The Haney Test Soil Respiration 1-day CO2 burst Haney and Haney, 2010
Water Extractable total
N, Organic N and
Organic C
Water extractant Haney, et al., 2012
Extractable NO3, NH4
inorganic N, P, organic P,
total P, K and Ca
H3A Extractant Haney, et al., 2017
D: 4 Enzyme Assays B-Glucosidase
B-Glucosaminidase
Phosphatase
Arylsulfatase
Assay incubations followed by colorimetric measurements Tabatabai, et al., 1994;
Deng and Popova, 2011;
Acosta-Martinez and Tabatabai, 2011;
Klose, et al., 2011
E: Fatty Acid evaluation PLFA
EL-FAME
Bligh-Dyer
Mild alkaline Methanolysis
Buyer and Sasser, 2012;
Schutter and Dick, 2000
F: Reflectance (VNIR) VNIR Diffuse Reflectance Spectrosopy (VNIR) Veum, et al., 2015
G: Microbial Population Metagenomics extraction or extraction/interpretation (provide both options) Lab to provide options available 16S, 18S, ITS or a combination of 16S and 18S/ITS and/or Shotgun metagenomics Thompson, et al., 2017;
Quince, et al., 2017

Laboratories can respond to this RFA by bidding on Analysis Group A, B, C, D, E, F and/or G, individually or in any combination. Evaluations will be based on completeness and response to the following criteria/information:

  • Organization name, address and email/phone number of the primary contact person.
  • Clearly list which analysis group(s) and corresponding measurement the organization is offering to analyze.
  • Brief organization history, including approximate number of soil samples analyzed, number of years of experience, and list of laboratory certifications maintained.
  • Experience analyzing the particular soil health indicators for which you are applying.
  • Resume or CV of the individual(s) responsible for conducting the analyses.
  • QA/QC procedures and laboratory oversight.
  • Cost per sample to analyze 1000-2500 samples for all soil health indicators listed in a selected analysis group(s).
  • Willingness and cost to process and ship subsamples to one, two and three external organizations.
  • Laboratory processing, analysis and data delivery timeline following receipt of soil samples.
  • Name and contact information of at least five references that have received analyses from your laboratory.

Project Timeline:

Request for Applications (RFA) released October 8, 2018
Application Deadline November 8, 2018
Laboratory selection November 19, 2018
Standard Operation Procedures, QA/QC programs approved December 1, 2018
Trial samples submitted and analyzed Dec. 2018 – Jan. 2019
Bulk of project samples submitted Feb.-June 2019
Completion of sample analysis Sept. 30, 2019

How to Apply: Submit applications addressing all the required information described above to:

Contact: Dr. Paul Tracy, Project Manager ptracy@soilhealthinstitute.org (208) 315-7000

 

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