Guide to laboratory establishment for plant nutrient analysis

FAO FERTILIZER AND PLANT NUTRITION BULLETIN 19

Guide to laboratory
establishment for plant
nutrient analysis

by
M.R. Motsara
New Delhi, India

and

R.N. Roy
Food and Agriculture Organization
Rome, Italy

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Table of contents

Part I  - 452 kb

    Acknowledgements
    Preface
    List of acronyms, abbreviations and chemical symbols

    1. Introduction

    2. The basics of an analytical laboratory
        Laboratory safety measures
        Laboratory quality assurance/control
        Standard operating procedure
        Error, precision, accuracy and detection limit
        Quality control of analytical procedures
        Preparation and standardization of reagent solutions

    3. Soil analysis
        Available nutrient content of soils
        Soil sampling
        Dispatch of soil samples to the laboratory
        Preparation of soil samples for analysis
        Analytical methods

    4. Plant analysis
        Sample collection and preparation for analysis
        Analytical methods

Part II  - 437 Kb

    5. Water analysis
        Important characteristics of irrigation water
        Collection of water samples
        Analytical methods

    6. Mineral and organic fertilizer analysis
        Sample collection and preparation
        Analytical methods

    7. Biofertilizer assay and production
        Types of microscopes and their use in the laboratory
        Examination of microbes by staining techniques
        Culture media
        Isolation and identification of important microbes
        Inoculation of culture medium
        Fermentation
        Measurement of microbial growth
        Quality control of biofertilizers
        Commercial production of biofertilizers
        References and further reading

    Annexes

        1. Floor plan of a soil, plant, water and fertilizer analysis laboratory
        2. Floor plan of a biofertilizer laboratory and production unit
        3. Items required for a soil, plant and water analysis laboratory
        4. Items required for a fertilizer testing laboratory
        5. Items required for a microbiological laboratory
        6. Summary of plant nutrient estimation methods
        7. Automation of analytical procedures
        8. Examples of laboratory registers
        9. Grades of chemicals and glassware
        10. Equivalent and molecular weights of compounds
        11. Soil sample information sheet
        12. Colour change of solutions owing to pH change
        13. Glossary of biofertilizer terms
        14. Units and conversion factors


 

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