Methods in Agricultural Chemical Analysis

A Practical Handbook

October 2002
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    21st October 2002
  • ISBN 9780851996080
  • Language English
  • Pages 304 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

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.

"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."

- Agricultural Science

"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."

- Journal of Environmental Quality

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

- Environment & Ecology

Chapter 1: Experimental Planning
1.1: Experimental design
1.2: Equipment considerations
1.3: Batch size
1.4: Sampling protocol
Chapter 2: Sample Preparation
2.1: Pre-treatment of samples and sample contamination
2.2: Trace element analysis
2.3: Sub-sampling
2.4: Drying techniques
2.5: Milling, grinding and homogenization
Chapter 3: Weighing and Dispensing
3.1: Weighing errors
3.2: Dispensing errors
Chapter 4: Acid-digestion, Ashing and Extraction Procedures
4.1: Acid-digestion and washing
4.2: Extraction procedures - Plant-based materials
4.3: Extraction procedures - Soils
Chapter 5: Analysis of Soil and Compost
5.1: Soil analytical procedures
5.2: The analysis of composts
Chapter 6: The Analysis of Fertilizers
6.1: Fertilizer analytical procedures
6.2: Liming materials
Chapter 7: The analysis of Animal Feed and Plant Materials
Chapter 8: The Analysis of Silage
Chapter 9: Near Infrared Spectroscopy
Chapter 10: Methods in Equine Nutrition
10.1: Toxic effects of some elements
10.2: Mobile bag technique (MBT)
10.3: Hemicellulose
10.4: Non-starch polysaccharides (NSP)
Chapter 11: Methods for Organic Farmers and Growers
11.1: Origins
11.2: Balance
11.3: Albrecht
11.4: Commercial analytical services
11.5: BCSR versus SLAN
11.6: Phosphate analysis
11.7: The Balzer methods
11.8: The UK situation
Chapter 12: Quality Assurance and Control
12.1: Replicates
12.2: Standard reference materials
12.3: Quality systems
12.4: Matrix interference
12.5: Standard additions, or 'spiking'