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  • Green Grass and Bioremediation Success

    Have you ever looked at your neighbor’s lawn and wondered how they grow such green grass? You quickly hop on the internet and search for tips and tricks to a greener lawn only to find there’s no simple solution, there’s work involved. The principle of having to take care of your lawn in order to produce results is reflected across most areas of work. People working in ...

  • EPA target agrees to soil testing

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreement with Emhart Industries to conduct soil testing and other investigation work at a portion of the proposed B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site in San Bernardino County, Calif. This agreement follows negotiations that began after the EPA notified Emhart Industries in March 2008 that it may be responsible for the contamination. Other companies ...

  • Soil contamination test improved with worms

    A Dutch researcher has discovered that exposing soil and sediment invertebrates like worms and springtails to toxic chemicals can give a more accurate test of soil contamination. Dr Miriam Leon Paumen also found that prolonged exposure can have a significant impact on the lifecycle of these invertebrates. The findings of this research give weight to the theory that gradual effects cannot be ...

  • Environment Agency Updates Soil Test Policy

    Ashtead Technology Rentals reports a rapid rise in rentals of their portable contaminated land assessment instruments following a recent amendment to UK Environment Agency policy. The qualification requirements for chemical test data on contaminated soils now acknowledges that portable measuring instruments can both improve the quality of contaminated land assessment and reduce costs. Ashtead ...


    By Ashtead Technology Ltd

  • Triaxial Load Frame Speeds Soil Testing

    The Digital Tritest 50 triaxial load frame from ELE International, the world's leading manufacturer of construction materials testing and environmental instrumentation, uses the latest microprocessor technology, in conjunction with triaxial cells, pressure sources, and measurement devices, to enable materials testing engineers to carry out accurate soil testing more efficiently than ever before. ...

  • Complete range of soil testing kits from Palintest

    Palintest, leaders in the supply of specialist water and environmental analysis equipment, have launched a complete new range of soil testing kits. The kits are designed for use 'in the field', and cover all levels of user requirement. The kits are tailored to cater for the needs of everyone from the keen gardener to the professional soil specialist: from a simple 'colour match' pH & lime ...

  • New LEADQuick™ lead in soil test kit

    Lead exposure can cause serious health problems. When lead is absorbed into the body, it can cause brain damage and harm other vital organs. It’s common to find 15 to 40 parts per million (PPM) Lead in soil, which can also be expressed as milligrams per kilogram of lead (mg/kg). Soil lead levels can increase to several thousand mg/kg as a result of contamination by lead in urban areas due ...

  • SGS acquires Australian Soil Testing Pty Ltd

    SGS is pleased to announce the acquisition of the business of Australian Soil Testing Pty Ltd, (AST), Sydney, NSW, Australia Based in Rockdale, AST is a construction materials and geotechnical testing laboratory. AST has a strong reputation in the delivery of high end material testing services to the civil construction, mining and engineering consulting industries. The acquisition complements ...


    By SGS

  • First accurate test for arsenic in soil developed

    If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • 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

  • New soil testing kit for third world countries

    Researchers at the University of Maryland and Columbia University have developed a new soil testing kit designed to help farmers in third world countries. On-the-spot soil testing could have major impact in improving crop yields due to poor soils. The kit contains battery-operated instruments and safe materials for agricultural extension agents to handle in the field. They can test for the ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Nitrogen soil tests - Do they always reflect what is going on?

    Do soil tests always reflect what’s going on? Emphatically, NO. The usefulness of nitrogen (N) soil testing is frequently a topic of discussion in both academic and farming circles. Those for the negative generally cite variability involved in sampling, lack of analytical laboratory accuracy and/or precision and lack of response calibration as factors that influence their position. While they ...

  • SGS soil testing lab in Voronezh has been accredited

    The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology of the Russian Federation accredited the new agrochemical laboratory at SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of SGS, for technical competence and independence. The accreditation scope includes soils and crops (wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, buckwheat, millet, pea, sunflower and rape). The accreditation certificate ...


    By SGS

  • Soil Testing Lab Provides Free AIHce 2011 Expo Passes

    EMSL Analytical, Inc., a worldwide leader in laboratory testing services and sampling products and equipment, announced today that their Piscataway, NJ testing laboratory is providing free expo passes for the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition in Portland, Oregon May 16th – 18th, 2011. The American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) is highly recommended for ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New – Complete range of soil testing kits from Palintest

    On-Site Analysis for Growing, Farming and Soil ManagementPalintest, leaders in the supply of specialist water and environmental analysis equipment, have launched a complete new range of soil testing kits. The kits are designed for use 'in the field', and cover all levels of user requirement.The kits are tailored to cater for the needs of everyone from the keen gardener to the professional soil ...

  • Testing for a range of Per Fluorinated Compounds (PFC) in soil and water.

    Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications for over 50 years – used in adhesives, cosmetics, cleaning products, and fire fighting foams. Some Per Fluorinated substances are Toxic, Persistent and Bio-accumulative; this by definition makes them hazardous substances. There are major concerns ...


    By ALcontrol Laboratories

  • ASTM D4829 - 11 standard test method for expansion index of soils

    The expansion index, EI, provides an indication of swelling potential of a compacted soil. The EI test is not used to duplicate any particular field conditions such as soil density, water content, loading, in-place soil structure, or soil water chemistry. However, consistent test conditions are used in preparation of ...


    By ASTM International

  • Reterro Deploys Mobile Pilot Scale Unit for Soil and Waste-Stream Testing

    Reterro, Inc., an emerging green remediation leader in eliminating hydrocarbon contamination from soil and ongoing waste streams, announced today that it has introduced its pilot scale system for on-site testing and analysis. Reterro's IP-protected pilot unit is a finite element scaled ...


    By Reterro, Inc.

  • Soil experts recreate soils from Mars

    Soil experts from Cranfield University have developed a replica soil for Mars in a project for the European Space Agency (ESA) to help maximise the performance of the next robotic rovers to be sent to the planet. The ‘soil surrogate’ is one of a number of soil types characterized by the current NASA Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, which were sent to Mars in ...


    By Cranfield University

  • ASTM D3080 / D3080M - 11 Standard Test Method for Direct Shear Test of Soils Under Consolidated Drained Conditions

    1. Scope 1.1 This test method covers the determination of the consolidated drained shear strength of a soil material in direct shear. The test is performed by deforming a specimen at a controlled strain rate on or near a single shear plane determined by the configuration of the apparatus. Generally, three or more ...


    By ASTM International

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