Sample Collecting Tips

  • Look for an area that has received minimal disturbance (such as beneath a tree, under a bush, behind a shed, etc.)
  • Areas with visible organic material (leaves, moss, mushrooms) are great! Be sure to remove surface debris and scoop your sample from the top 1-3 inches of organic-rich soil. 
  • Fill out and sign the collection form that you receive in your kit. Samples received without a completed and signed form cannot be used in our research.

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