Global Soil Partnership


Equipment is an essential part of laboratory analysis but remember that equipment alone does not make the difference in getting reliable data. Before investing in new laboratory equipment, make sure that your laboratory staff is properly and regularly trained and that good laboratory practices, including equipment maintenance and calibration, are implemented.

Please remember that innovative instruments like soil spectroscopy and laser particle size analyser exist but their results still need to be correlated with traditional instruments.
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Key publications and training material

Good practices on purchasing and operating laboratory equipment
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How to set up a new soil laboratory





GLOSOLAN's Barter and Donation's system

Keeping in mind that the FAO is working on sustainability, GLOSOLAN is encouraging laboratories to:

  • DONATE the still functioning equipment they have to replace to laboratories in need;

  • BARTER the equipment they are not in the conditions to operate and/or well maintain because of several factors like the in-situ availability of service providers for equipment maintenance, provision of consumables, etc. for specific equipment brands. GLOSOLAN is available to support laboratories willing to barter their well-functioning equipment for free. Please note that equipment to barter should not be damaged. If the equipment you wish barter was obtained through a donation, please make sure that there are not any legal binding conditions to its barter with the donor.

Feeling like making a donation or bartering? Please complete the form and send an email to [email protected] and [email protected]. GLOSOLAN members will be informed on the availability of donated/bartered equipment as soon as donation/bartering requests are received.

GLOSOLAN investments on equipment

To avoid repeating the errors of other networks and donors sometimes purchasing inappropriate equipment that is not used, GLOSOLAN is moving cautiously on helping laboratories to get new equipment.

GLOSOLAN is available to purchase new equipment for laboratories in need based on their performance in the GLOSOLAN PT. In this regard, equipment is being provided only to those laboratories that proved not to have significant needs for training, as new equipment will make little difference in the provision of quality results if good laboratory practices and QA/QC are not taken care of first. 

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