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This reference manual contains information on the most suitable procedures for the analysis of agricultural materials. It describes the analysis of soils and composts, plant materials, feeds, plant components (e.g. cellulose, lignin, trace elements), fertilizers, and biological substances. The book is designed as a laboratory sourcebook, complete with useful Internet addresses, and contains over 60 different practical methods. Each method is described by a step-by-step approach, and contains details of apparatus required, chemical reaction equations, formulas and calculations, and meticulous descriptions of experimental results. Most methods use standard equipment and instruments commonly found in the practical lab. The aim is that scientists with little experience in analytical techniques should be able to safely carry out these procedures and obtain acceptable results.

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"The methods chapters are a very useful compilation, rich in detail and sources... Overall I find the book useful and good value as a practical manual."

"I would recommend this book to graduate students, teaching faculty in agricultural or environmental fields preparing for classes in the chemistry laboratory, and managers of small- and medium-size laboratories who are interested increasing the analytical capacity that they offer to the public."

"[The book] will be useful to a wide range of people across the world."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851996080
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: CABI
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Institute of Rural Studies, University of Aberystwyth
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Table of Contents

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Abbreviations and Acronyms
Ch. 1 Experimental Planning 1
Ch. 2 Sample Preparation 17
Ch. 3 Weighing and Dispensing 26
Ch. 4 Acid-digestion, Ashing and Extraction Procedures 30
Ch. 5 Analysis of Soil and Compost 57
Ch. 6 The Analysis of Fertilizers 106
Ch. 7 The Analysis of Animal Feed and Plant Materials 124
Ch. 8 The Analysis of Silage 154
Ch. 9 Near Infrared Spectroscopy 167
Ch. 10 Methods in Equine Nutrition 172
Ch. 11 Methods for Organic Farmers and Growers 187
Ch. 12 Quality Assurance and Control 200
References 206
App. 1 Equipment Suppliers 223
App. 2 Soil Index Table 225
App. 3 Lime Application Rates for Arable Land 226
App. 4 Lime Application Rates for Grassland 227
App. 5 Nitrate and Nitrite in Soil, Plant and Fertilizer Extracts 228
App. 6 Phosphate in Soil, Plant and Fertilizer Extracts 233
App. 7 Analytical Methods Used by ADAS for the analysis of Organic Manures 241
App. 8 Laboratory Safety 247
App. 9 Chemical Composition Data Sources for Plants, Feeds, Blood, Urine and Soils 251
App. 10 Atomic Weights, Units and Conversion Tables 253
Subject Index 259
Commercial Index 265
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