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Eurofins Agro Testing Supports CO2 Reduction With Soil Carbon Check Offering

Eurofins | December 05, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

Eurofins Agro
Eurofins Agro Testing announces the launch of Soil Carbon Check as part of Soil Health Solutions, a new suite of testing solutions that will support the agricultural sector to transition to more sustainable farming practices. The Soil Carbon Check test will provide insights into the levels of carbon storage in fields, which supports the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere. Through targeted soil management, farmers and growers can sequester increased levels of carbon and contribute to climate protection. Data garnered through the Soil Carbon Check test reports can be used to support sustainability claims and carbon credits, as proof of sustainable farming and as credentials for other partners in the agri-food chain.

The '4 per 1,000' initiative launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015 aims to boost carbon storage in agricultural soils by 0.4% each year to help mitigate climate change and increase food security. The amount of carbon that is stored in soil is as much as three times the amount of carbon sequestered by above-ground biomass. Increasing the amount of carbon stored in soil will contribute to the reduction of global warming; the more CO2 stored in soil as organic carbon, the less CO2 that is released into the atmosphere.

Soil Carbon Check provides customers with information on how much carbon is sequestered in their soil, how stable their soil carbon is and how it can be improved, and tracks how the carbon content of soil changes over time. In addition to Soil Carbon Check, the suite of tests offered by Soil Health Solutions provide insights into physical soil health potential contaminants in soil, biological soil health and chemical soil health. Further information is available here.

About Eurofins – the global leader in bio-analysis
Eurofins is Testing for Life. Eurofins is the global leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product testing, and in discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and agroscience Contract Research services. Eurofins is also a market leader in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, and in the support of clinical studies, as well as in BioPharma Contract Development and Manufacturing. The Group also has a rapidly developing presence in highly specialised and molecular clinical diagnostic testing and in-vitro diagnostic products.

With over 61,000 staff across a decentralised and entrepreneurial network of 940 laboratories in 59 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods to evaluate the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of a wide range of products, as well as providing innovative clinical diagnostic testing services and in-vitro diagnostic products.

The Group’s objective is to provide its customers with high-quality services, innovative solutions and accurate results on time. Eurofins is ideally positioned to support its clients’ increasingly stringent quality and safety standards and the increasing demands of regulatory authorities as well as the requirements of healthcare practitioners around the world.

In 2020 and 2021, Eurofins reacted quickly to meet the global challenge of COVID-19, by creating the capacity to help over 20 million patients monthly who may have been impacted by the pandemic with our testing products and our services and directly supporting healthcare professionals working on the front line to fight the virus. The Group has established widespread PCR testing capabilities and has carried out over 40 million tests in its own laboratories, is supporting the development of a number of vaccines and has established its SAFER@WORK™ testing, monitoring and consulting programmes to help ensure safer environments, travel and events during COVID-19.

Eurofins has grown very strongly since its inception and its strategy is to continue expanding its technology portfolio and its geographic reach. Through R&D and acquisitions, the Group draws on the latest developments in the field of biotechnology and analytical chemistry to offer its clients unique analytical solutions

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