Since 1985, Microbial ID has been at the forefront of fatty acid analysis by gas chromatography, providing customers with the answers they need to further research, health, and commerce.

We were the first service lab to use the fully automated MIDI Sherlock™ Microbial Identification System (MIS), which was developed by Dr. Myron Sasser, a pioneer in fatty acid–based microbial identification. Dr. Sasser founded both Microbial ID, Inc. and our sister company MIDI, Inc.

MIDI, Inc. was founded to sell the Sherlock MIS worldwide, used today in more than 40 countries for microbial identification and fatty acid analysis.

Over the years, Microbial ID has provided answers for a variety of customers, including departments of health, clinical settings, and the pharmaceutical industry. Today, we are well-equipped to offer our expertise to a growing agricultural base as well:

  • We co-developed the only method for high-throughput PLFA microbial community analysis recommended by the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, referenced in USDA-NRCS Technical Note No. 450-03.
  • We are the only service lab that performs NLFA. PLFA + NLFA is our main soil testing focus.
  • We provide unbiased and reliable raw data in industry-standard units, not just a summary of our findings.
  • We handle most soil types from around the world.
  • We handle sample sets of all sizes, with the capacity for large multi-year contracts.
  • Our pricing is extremely comptetive, and flexible based on your project.
Microbial ID provides the most cost-effective and reliable soil microbial testing and fatty acid analysis services available. We pride ourselves on personally helping customers get the answers they need, so contact us today to see how our team of experts can help you!

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AlMulla, A.A., Jones, D., & Roberts, P. 2018. Substrate Influences Temperature Sensitivity of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) and Nitrogen (DON) Mineralization in Arid Agricultural Soils. Soil Systems 2, 28.

Reed, E.Y., Chadwick, D.R., Hill, P.W., & Jones, D.J. 2017. Critical comparison of the impact of biochar and wood ash on soil organic matter cycling and grassland productivity. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 110, 134–142. 

Miller, J.O., Ducey, T.F., Brigman, P.W., Ogg, C.O., & Hunt, P.G. 2017. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Denitrification within Depressional Wetlands of the Southeastern US Coastal Plain in an Agricultural Landscape. Wetlands 37, 33–43. 

Sanchez-Rodriguez, A.R., Hill, P.W., Chadwick, D.R., & Jones, D.L. 2017. Crop residues exacerbate the negative effects of extreme flooding on soil quality. Biology & Fertility of Soils 53(7), 751–765. 

Perkins, L.B. & Hatfield, G. 2015. Can commercial soil microbial treatments remediate plant–soil feedbacks to improve restoration seedling performance? Restoration Ecology 24(2), 194–201.

Ducey, T.F., Novak, J.M., & Johnson, M.G. 2015. Effects of Biochar Blends on Microbial Community Composition in Two Coastal Plain Soils. Agriculture 5, 1060–1075. 

Buyer, J.S. & Sasser, M. 2012. High throughput fatty acid analysis of soils. Applied Soil Ecology 61, 127–130. 

Sasser, Myron. 2006. Technical Note #101 Identification of Bacteria by Gas Chromatography of Cellular Fatty Acids. MIDI, Inc., Newark, DE, USA.