The ratio of fungi to bacteria DNA in soil, providing an indication of soil health.
Demonstrate reductions in intensive human impacts
Track progress to more mature vegetation states away from degraded landscapes
Understand if the levels of stable carbon in the soil are improving
Why is this metric valuable?
An increase in Soil Fungal:Bacterial Ratio indicates progress towards healthier soils & good-quality stored carbon.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a powerful tool for providing biodiversity data, enabling better informed data driven decisions for our projects and our clients. Whether this be the use of eDNA to determine the presence of vertebrates, invertebrates or bacteria from water samples or the use of eDNA to track changes in soil and macroinvertebrate communities; the value of rapidly developing eDNA technology is mind blowing.
Luke Gorman, Professional Head of Ecology/Associate Director (Ecology) - Atkins