Low-cost Microscope for Soil Biology

Microscope for soil biology

To evaluate soil biology, you need the right tool – namely a microscope through which you can see bacteria (the smallest biology), as well as fungi (at the level of segmented hyphae), beneficial nematodes, amoebae, flagellates, and even the larger micro-arthropods.

In the first four minutes of the video, Dr. Elaine Ingham explains what to look for in a microscope.

A binocular, compound microscope with a bright LED light and a mechanical stage. Specifically, she recommends:

  • Eyepieces with 10x wide field
  • 3 “Objectives” – one 4x (for scanning at 40x), one 10x or 20x, and one 40x (for a total magnification of 400x)
  • 1.25 Abbe condensor w an Iris diaphram (to shadow organisms)
  • Bright lamp
  • A mechanical stage, with course and fine for movement in multiple directions.

The lowest cost microscope that meets these specifications SymSoil has found is the OMAX microscope from AmScope


About SymSoil® Inc.

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