Soil Science

Soil science is said to be one of the oldest agricultural sciences in the world. Not only is it one of the oldest but one of the most important; without soil the earth could not support life – shame there isn’t an infinite supply. That’s one of the reasons that VSNi are committed to helping soil scientists to ensure accurate research and data analysis, allowing you to draw the best from your soil.

Why GenStat?

As the only company of it’s kind to concentrate on the life sciences, VSNi are ideally placed to help you reach your goals quickly, efficiently and perhaps most important, accurately. With a rising awareness that new technologies can support and often accelerate results, GenStat provides all the tools you need to bring viable research and top class soil to your market.

  • Analyse large, complex datasets easily and efficiently
  • Assist in defining factors that affect your soil
  • Define key traits to help you discover & create new dynamics
  • Discover patterns in vast sets of data
  • Determine risk factors
  • Examine traits of agro-economic importance
  • Integrate agricultural and climatic data
  • Graphical exploration and presentation of data

With thousands of analyses, procedures and directives a single page isn’t nearly enough to show off GenStat. The following is but a small example of some of the possibilities; to gauge the full potential why not try GenStat for yourself?

  • Design experiments and plan soil monitoring systems
  • Analysis of variance to compare the affects of soil treatments and determine trends
  • Mixed modelling (REML) to correlate soil properties
  • Compare treatment effects on diversity, biomass, population etc.
  • Model soil parameters using generalized linear modelling
  • Spatial analysis and mapping using kriging and cokriging
  • Multivariate analysis techniques such as principal components and cluster analysis
  • Integration between agri and climatic communities

Understanding soil has a direct affect on not only agricultural production but also has a major impact on the environment and human wellbeing. VSNi want to support you – the soil scientist – in evaluating soils and interpreting soil-related data to assist with this understanding.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. ” Franklin D Roosevelt