Author ORCID Identifier
Melanie Stock: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7379-4687
Utah State University
Trace elements, often referred to as heavy metals, naturally occur in the soil at low levels. Certain land use histories can elevate the concentrations of trace elements to levels that present health risks. Understanding which elements and soil test values may impact human or crop health is an important aspect of gardening and micro-farming, particularly in urban environments that are at increased risk of soil contamination. This fact sheet provides instructions on interpreting soil test results for trace elements through the Total Element Composition EPA 3050B Soil Test (#S19) at Utah State University Analytical Laboratory.
Chilinski, Melissa; Stock, Melanie; Grossl, Paul R.; and Oliver, Eli, "Trace Element Contamination in Urban Soils: Testing and Management" (2022). All Current Publications. Paper 2261.