The Soil and Plant Processing Laboratory
What is SAMPL?
SAMPL is a laboratory for processing the soil and plant samples derived from research in plant-animal interactions. We are still in the process of refurbishing and equipping this lab, including an expansion of its analytical capabilities. Due to the large volume of users, use of equipment must be arranged in advance, but is available for all members of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Facilities and Equipment
|HIGH TECH STUFF|
and Carbon analysis
We will be purchasing a LECO CN-2000 Autoanalyzer system in the near future. This piece of equipment is a state-of-the-art instrument for determination of total Carbon and Nitrogen from solid or liquid samples of a nominal 1g weight.
|LOW TECH BUT STILL VERY, VERY USEFUL STUFF|
Not flashy, but invaluable.
Grinding of small and large samples for subsequent analyses. Several Wiley and rotary mills are available.
Water baths are available for incubations.
Large shakers and platforms to extract soluble nutrients from soil or resin beads.
An root washing system is available which speeds up the process of soil/root separation and collection.
Numerous drying ovens are available for bulk plant and soil samples.
Analytical and toploading balances provide a rapid automated system for weighing and inventory of samples using barcodes and a balance attached to a computer.
|Analysis of soluble N and P||
Though not in SAMPL itself, facilities to analyze samples for soluble N and P exist in this, and other departments on campust.
Very hot. Useful for ash-free dry weight determinations.
This page last updated 07/10/02