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Regional champion laboratories:

Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W), Knowledge and Valorization of Agricultural Products Department. Quality and authentication of agricultural products unit, Belgium. In collaboration with ULiège GxABT Axe Echanges Eau-Sol-Plante

Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W), Knowledge and Valorization of Agricultural Products Department. Quality and authentication of agricultural products unit, Belgium. In collaboration with ULiège GxABT Axe Echanges Eau-Sol-Plante

CRA-W has been working on NIR spectroscopy for almost 40 years and possesses now very important databases mainly for forage, feed and cereals. CRA-W owns about ten of different NIR devices (benchtop and portables) of the most popular brands found on the market and has a certain expertise of databases transfer between all these instruments.
CRA-W manages a network in Wallonia called REQUASUD which is composed of 11 Foss XDS devices. In this network CRA-W is in charge of the standardization / calibrations / validation / and organizes interlaboratories studies. 

ULiège GxABT has been working on soil quality and taxonomy for decades (classes, researches, etc).
Since end 2000’s, the laboratory is working on the development of NIR analyzes on dried and fresh soils. A general methodology has been developed (how to fill in the cells, how to take the measure, choice of pretreatments, how to validate the measure, etc). The NIR method is now used routinely in labs in Wallonia for different parameters (total organic carbon, total nitrogen, clay, CEC, etc). Many data have been gathered over time, allowing us to build a database 

Contact persons at CRA-W: Dr. Vincent BAETEN and Dr.Olivier MINET 
Contact persons at ULiège GxABT Axe Echanges Eau-Sol-Plante: Dr. Gilles COLINET and Dr. Clémence MARIAGE 

 

Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom

Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom

We established our spectral laboratory as part of the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS, now continued by iSDA) project four years ago and in collaboration with ICRAF. We do continue spectral work in a number of projects in Africa but we are also building a spectral data base of soils in England and Wales, and are in the process of establishing a calibration based on that. We use a selection of different equipment (portable and laboratory based) for soil and plant analysis with MIR, NIR and XRF. We are also running a certified wet chemistry lab of very high standard and serve as reference lab for many projects.

Contact person: Dr. Stephan Haefele

 

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and GIS (AUTH-RSL), Greece

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and GIS (AUTH-RSL), Greece

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece, while Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment is one of the first Faculties founded in the AUTH, counting a history of 85 years.

The AUTH-RSL’ s team has wide experience in conducting scientific research projects (H2020 DIONE, Soils4Africa) as well as capacity development (H2020 GEO-CRADLE) projects in the domain of soil spectroscopy. AUTH owns and operates significant laboratory and in situ based monitoring infrastructure and acquisition facilities (e.g various spectro-radiometes, 350-2500nm) certified chemical laboratory, UAVs, URVs and ICT tools for processing of big data. In that regard, AUTH has developed a regional vis-NIR (350-2500 nm) spectral library that contains metadata regarding the soils sampled, their key properties, and their spectral signature across nine countries in the Balkan, Mediterranean and North Africa region. The spectral signatures were obtained using a standardization protocol. Other areas of research include intelligent techniques development (machine learning, explainable artificial intelligence), data fusion and intelligent sensors, in the domain of soil monitoring and analysis.

AUTH-RSL is also well-connected within relevant networks, participating in strategically important initiatives such as GEO and the Global Soil Partnership. AUTH holds and participates in networking events with the private sector, providing opportunities for public and private sector actors to meet and transfer knowledge, ideas and innovative approaches. 

Contact persons: Prof. George Zalidis, Dr. Nikolaos Tsakiridis and Mr. Nikolaos Tziolas

 

Sub-regional champion laboratories:

Precision SCoRing laboratory, Gent University, Belgium

Precision SCoRing laboratory, Gent University, Belgium

Precision SCoRing  group within the Department of Environment, at Gent University has about 20-year experience in spectroscopy, mainly vis-NIR, MIR, XRF and gamma ray spectroscopy for soil analysis. Prof. Mouazen the group leader is an active member of the Global Proximal Soil Sensing Committee. The group has implemented the vis-NIR and MIR spectroscopy for the analysis of soil, manure, honey, milk, cheese, mandarin, and other food and environmental materials. We have published more than 50 peer reviewed papers in WoS journals on spectroscopy applications in soil analysis. We are using the most advanced linear and no-linear machine learning tools for modelling and analysis of soil spectra. Our main focus is field spectroscopy for implementation of precision agriculture and for environmental and natural resources management. Despite the fact that our main application is field spectroscopy, lab spectroscopy is also part of our business.

Our experience in vis-NIR spectroscopy and chemometric tools (including machine learning tools) enabled the development of one of three internationally patented on-line measurement systems of soil properties (see Mouazen, A.M., 2006. Soil Survey Device. International publication published under the patent cooperation treaty (PCT). World Intellectual Property Organization, International Bureau. International Publication Number: WO2006/015463; PCT/BE2005/000129; IPC: G01N21/00; G01N21/00). We have been involved in several national and European projects on soil spectroscopy.

We have established a laboratory for sensor technologies utilizing 3.5 M EUR fund received from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). The laboratory is equipped with the most advanced field and laboratory sensors, which include a XRF, a gamma ray, a mid-infrared, and three visible and near infrared spectrophotometers, a ground penetration radar, an electrochemical sensing infrastructure, two multi-sensor platforms and a robotic platform to measure soil and crop characteristics and to implement variable rate solutions. Our vision of this sensor laboratory is to develop new sensing configurations for new field applications and transfer new sensing technologies from broader engineering sectors into agriculture. We have spectral data of about 600 soil samples collected from Belgium. 

Contact person: Prof. Abdul Mouazen

 

Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

The RSL-TAU laboratory has established 25 years ago in TAU. The laboratory is focusing on hyperspectral remote sensing of the environment with a special expertise on quantitative assessment of soils properties. The laboratory is furnished with state-of-the-art sensors (point and imaging) and has conducted over the years many projects on soil spectral mapping that were supported by the EC, Bilateral states agencies, Israel government, private sectors and national foundations. In the RSL-TAU a special section that is dealing with soil chemometrics using in commercial and house software. The laboratory was selected by the ministry of agriculture to establish the soil spectral library (SSL) of Israel which is an evolving project and so fare more than 3000 soil samples are available in this library. In addition the RSL-TAU is an integral part of the Mediterranean soil spectral library initiative (part of GEO-CRADEL H2020 project). The laboratory has developed standard and protocol with CSIRO for soil spectral measurements and now is taking the lead to develop certify ISO protocol that will be agreed by the soil spectral community. The laboratory has a worldwide reputation and connection to many soil laboratory worldwide and access to local and regional SSLs such as Brazil, China and India. The RSL-TAU is exchanging soils samples with many colleagues worldwide and provide consulting services to interested groups. The RSL-TAU is operating airborne hyperspectral sensors to exploit the SSLs information for soil mapping for preparation to the forthcoming era where hyperspecial sensor will be placed in orbit and exploit the world SSLs at any place around the world.

Contact persons: Dr. Nicolas Franco and Dr. Eyal Ben Dor

 

 

Region Served: 
EUROPE and the Mediterranean Basin

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