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Regional champion laboratory
Centre of Excellence for Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa (CESFRA) -Soil Spectroscopy Laboratory (SSP), Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco & the Joint Soil Laboratory (JSL), at INRA-ICARDA Rabat-Morocco.

Region served

Contact persons
Prof. Fassil Kebede, Director of CESFRA and Head of CESFRA SS Laboratory, UM6P, Morocco
Dr. Zouahri Abdelmjid, Head of Laboratory, JSL, Morocco
Dr. Rachid Moussadek, Senior Soil Scientist, JSL, Morocco

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) is an institution dedicated to research and innovation; and aims to position itself among the world-renowned universities in the fields of science, technology, humanities and others. Located in Benguerir, near Marrakech, Morocco; UM6P applies a “learning by doing” approach whose contribution to the economic and human development of Africa is mammoth through creating unique research and innovation programs, and one of which is the Center Excellence in Soils and Fertilizer Research in Africa (CESFRA). Basically, CESFRA is tailored to be a training, research, technology and an innovation centre for Africa in crucial areas such as soil science, land use systems and fertilizer science.  CESFRA accommodates key resources in its own premises such as the Soil Spectroscopy Laboratory (SSL). The SSL of CESFRA is equipped with the most advanced and sophisticated instruments (i.e., Tensor II FTIR, Alpha Spectrometer, pXRF, etc.) for analysing all the nutrients in soils, plants, fertilizers, water, etc. CESFRA-SSL is also staffed with high calibre experts whose expertise in installation and use of spectroscopic instruments; developing spectral library, modelling and data interpretation is exceptional.

The Joint Soil Laboratory (JSL) at INRA-ICARDA Rabat-Morocco is equipped with the most advanced FOSS DS2500 equipment with a spectral resolution of 0.5 nm, each spectrum is the average of up to 32 subspectra collected during the automatic rotation of the FOSS cup and recorded as log(1/reflectance). In addition, JSL staff are developing their own calibration through modified partial least square regression analysis, using adapted software. 

CESFRA and JSL will collaborate to develop a regional soil spectral library for NENA region and will develop adapted calibration between wet and dry chemistry using an important number of soil samples for the most representative soils in the region.


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