SoilCares Research aims to contribute globally to sustainable agricultural production by developing widely available and affordable methods for soil and crop quality assessment as well as management recommendations.

SoilCares Research is the leading horticultural and agricultural analytical laboratory in The Netherlands for over 80 years with branches in Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Spain. With its sampling, analytical and advisory activities, SoilCares Research plays a supportive and innovative role in agricultural and horticultural procedures, thereby improving production and lowering production costs. SoilCares Research is the most renown European laboratory for its nematode analyses, with respect to the pathogenic as well as the non-pathogenic nematodes. In co-operation with several Dutch research institutes SoilCares Research develops molecular tests to detect plant pathogenic micro-organisms and nematodes in soil and nutrient substrates. In close co-operation with Wageningen University (Laboratory of Nematology) SoilCares Research develops molecular tests for the detection of plant pathogenic nematodes in soil. Tests based on quantitative PCR techniques are being developed, validated and implemented in the SoilCares Research molecular laboratory. Currently, SoilCares Research detects several plant pathogenic nematodes with molecular techniques in over 20.000 soil samples annually. Implemented DNA extraction and detection techniques are accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council. SoilCares Research participates actively in the agenda-setting of scientific research by co-funding scientific applied research. On average, Blgg is heavily involved in scientific work on nutrient analysis and sampling, nematode detection with molecular techniques, precision agriculture and analysis of other biotic components in soil involving on average about 2 PhDs.

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Aad TERMORSHUIZEN
Binnenhaven 5 6700 AD Wageningen NETHERLANDS
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE