Can mid infrared diffuse reflectance analysis replace soil extractions?
L. J. Janik, R. H. Merry and J. O. Skjemstad
Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
38(7) 681 - 696
Summary. Recent developments in infrared spectroscopy and computer software, together with decreasing spectrometer costs, have resulted in an increase in the potential for soil analysis. Infrared spectroscopy in both the near and mid infrared ranges allows rapid acquisition of soil information at quantitative and qualitative, or indicator, levels for use in agriculture and environmental monitoring. In this paper, we describe how mid infrared diffuse reflectance analysis can provide results comparable in accuracy with many traditional extractive and digestion laboratory methods in soil studies, with the possibility of either replacing or enhancing them. Examples are given for estimation of lime requirement, organic carbon, exchangeable cations, air-dry moisture, clay content and biological indicators. Infrared methodology appears to have advantages in facilitating some soil analyses that are otherwise very time-consuming or expensive, or where spatially dense data is required.
Full text doi:10.1071/EA97144
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