Soil Analyses News

  • Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

    Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week. Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land. When they ...

  • SepSolve Analytical opens the door to routine GC×GC analyses

    SepSolve Analytical Ltd (Peterborough, UK) has announced the launch of a flow modulator, INSIGHT™, for routine comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC). The new modulator will substantially broaden the uptake and appeal of GC×GC, thanks to simplified technology, which offers high performance while avoiding use of liquid nitrogen. This ...


    By SepSolve Analytical

  • Live Webinar (in Spanish): Mercury analysis in complex matrices: challenges and solutions

    Determination of mercury in complex samples is always a challenge for the laboratory analysis. In this webinar, Sandra Mercedes Garcia and Ivan Gilberto Aragon, experts of Khymos, the exclusive dealer of Lumex Instruments in Colombia, will discuss the advantages of atomic absorption spectroscopy with Zeeman background correction (ZAAS) for the analysis of mercury in a variety of samples. This ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • IC-ICP/MS – collected standards and applications presented in white paper

    Online hyphenation of ion chromatography (IC) to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) is a powerful instrumental tool to handle some of the most challenging analytical tasks. A new Metrohm white paper presents collected applications covering a wide range of analytes as well as current ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Study tracks ´memory´ of soil moisture

    Original story at MIT News The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s water — less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and the atmosphere, that tiny amount plays a crucial role in ...

  • HDXRF approved for elemental analysis of soil and solid waste by new method – ASTM D8064-16

    Newly published ASTM D8064-16 standard test method has been approved for the quantification of heavy metal elements in soil and solid waste by monochromatic Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometry using multiple monochromatic excitation beams – also known as High-Definition X-ray Fluorescence (HDXRF). With a growing global demand for soil remediation and treatment, this ...


    By X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)

  • Bio Huma Netics Opens New Lab Facility

    Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—the maker of Huma Gro, Huma Gro Turf, and Probiotic Solutions products—held a dedication ceremony to open its new Alpha Synectics Laboratory facility during its 2016 World Conference on October 26. This major expansion of BHN’s laboratory capabilities enables BHN to move in-house in terms of product development & improvement, quality control & ...

  • SGS Academy Offers FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) for Human Food Training

    Become a FSMA preventive controls qualified individual with FSPCA PCQI training from SGS. The FSMA rule for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption. ...


    By SGS

  • Soil Gas Analyzer CH4 CO2 NH3 H2O

    LGR’s new CH4/CO2/H2O/NH3 Analyzer reports measurements of ammonia, methane, carbon dioxide, water vapor simultaneously in a package that is compact, crushproof and travels anywhere. Small enough to be carried on-board aircraft (TSA approved size) and requiring less than 70 W, the analyzer offers new opportunities to quickly, reliably and accurately measure trace gas emissions anywhere. As ...

  • Using microwaves to clean polluted soil could lead to energy savings

    Researchers have experimented with microwave heating as a way of cleaning soils polluted with fuels, such as diesel and petrol. Soil type and moisture levels, as well as the strength of microwaves used, had a strong bearing on the overall effectiveness of the cleaning. The research shows that, at certain depths and in certain types of soil, microwaves can be a cost-effective way of cleaning ...

  • Gas sensors `see` through soil to analyze microbial interactions

    Rice University researchers have developed gas biosensors to “see” into soil and allow them to follow the behavior of the microbial communities within. In a study in the American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science and Technology, the Rice team described using genetically engineered bacteria that release ...


    By Rice University

  • The Quest ATR is perfect for testing soil

    The ecological health of soil can be monitored with the Quest ATR. The organic and mineral components of soil can be established by testing with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Check your plants/crops/etc have the right nutrients for good health. Make sure there is enough calcium, not too much nitrogen or carbon. Map large areas according to the deficit or abundance of minerals. The ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Environmental analysis – online monitoring of chromate in wastewater

    Metrohm Process Analytics is pleased to present a solution for the online monitoring of chromate (hexavalent chromium) in industrial wastewater streams. This turn-key solution uses titration with subsequent photometric detection and is based on the ICON Analyzer, a dedicated online photometer ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions

    The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation fuels. Argonne National Laboratory recently released a new version of GREET, funded in part by the U.S. Department of ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Maxxam opens location on Montreal’s South Shore

    Maxxam Montreal has opened a new location on the South Shore in Longueuil, Quebec to help our customers save time by avoiding the Champlain Bridge to access our Montreal Lab. With our mobile laboratory parked in Longueuil, we are providing quick and convenient sample drop-off and testing services. Our new location accepts samples for our main laboratory from 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday to Friday and we ...


    By Maxxam Analytics

  • Detailed soil information for Africa now available

    Zoom in on an African village, and see whether the soil is clayey or sandy, or how much nutrients or organic carbon it contains. This is now possible since ISRIC and partners have launched detailed freely accessible soil property maps for Africa. The maps, that can be explored in Google Earth, contain predictions of more than 20 soil properties at six standard depths at 250 meter ...

  • Wilks expanding Video FAQs for InfraCal Analyzers

    While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a video can be invaluable for helping customers out with frequently asked questions. Wilks is expanding a series of 2-3 minute “how to” videos. Below is a sampling of some that have been completed. Did you know Wilks now has an ASTM compliant instrument for measuring percent biodiesel blend in diesel fuel? ...


    By Spectro Scientific

  • Dry soils exacerbated 2006 heatwave in Northern France

    Dry soils and a lack of cloud cover help explain a major heatwave in France, concludes new research. The study indicates that the two drivers were separate, unlinked events that came together at the same time to worsen the 2006 heatwave. Its findings could allow heatwaves to be predicted more accurately to protect public health. Understanding and predicting heatwaves is increasingly important for ...

  • Free Soil Testing For Accurate Fertiliser Application

    With the growing season nearly upon us, Welsh farmers are being given an opportunity to discover the benefits of soil analysis through a number of free soil testing workshops at Farming Connect. Regular soil testing enables farmers to adopt a targeted approach to fertiliser use, thus providing significant cost savings, according to Lisa Roberts of Farming Connect. Soil analysis also identifies ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Final Report on Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex Shows Facility is Suitable for Public Use

    A final comprehensive report of scientific surface gamma radiation screening and soil sampling of the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) in Bridgeton, Mo., shows the facility is suitable for public use and requires no further environmental response, EPA Region 7 announced today. “Local residents and visitors can be assured that a thorough scientific survey and review process has ...

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