Soil Chemical Methods – Australasia describes over 200 laboratory and field chemical tests relevant to Australasia and beyond. The information and methodology provided across 20 chapters is comprehensive, systematic, uniquely coded, up-to-date and designed to promote chemical measurement quality. There is guidance on the choice and application of analytical methods from soil sampling through to the reporting of results. In many cases, optional analytical ‘finishes’ are provided, such as flow-injection analysis, electro-chemistry, multiple flame technologies, and alternatives to chemical testing offered by near-range and mid-range infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy.
The book supersedes and updates the soil chemical testing section of the 1992 Australian Laboratory Handbook of Soil and Water Chemical Methods of Rayment and Higginson, while retaining method codes and other strengths of that Handbook. Chapters cover soil sampling, sample preparation and moisture content; electrical conductivity and redox potential; soil pH; chloride; carbon; nitrogen; phosphorus; sulphur; gypsum; micronutrients; extractable iron, aluminium and silicon; saturation extracts; ion-exchange properties; lime requirements; total miscellaneous elements; miscellaneous extractable elements; alkaline earth carbonates and acid sulfate soils. In addition, there are informative Appendices, including information on the accuracy and precision of selected methods.
This book targets practising analysts, laboratory managers, students, academics, researchers, consultants and advisors involved in the analysis, use and management of soils for fertility assessments, land use surveys, environmental studies and for natural resource management.
Provides a national benchmark for soil analytical methods
Ready to use methods
Shows similar methods for completing the analytical measurement
Background information on individual methods promote a better understanding of the application and its limitations
Sampling and sample preparation is given for each method
2. Sampling, preparation and moisture content
3. Electrical conductivity, related attributes and redox potential
4. Soil pH
5. Soluble chloride
8. Carbon/nitrogen ratio
13. Extractable iron, aluminium and silicon
14. Saturation extracts
15. Ion-exchange properties
16. Lime requirement
17. Total miscellaneous elements
18. Miscellaneous extractable elements
19. Alkaline earth carbonates
20. Acid sulfate soils
Soil chemical testing professionals and end-users
Practicing analysts in laboratories
University academics and students
National, state and local libraries
Soil testing and science professionals in the Americas, Europe and Africa
Major international analytical instrument manufacturers
Government policy officers
Scientific sectors of: commercial companies, universities, government departments and agencies
Private sector in areas such as: agriculture, environment, natural resource management and mine-waste rehabilitation
George E Rayment has a PhD (Griffith University) and a Master of Agricultural Science (University of Queensland). He was President, Australian Society of Soil Science (Qld Branch), Chairperson of the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC), and inaugural convenor of ASPAC’s Laboratory Proficiency Committee.
David J Lyons is a Principal Chemist and a laboratory supervisor in the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management. He is a member of ASPAC’s Laboratory Proficiency Committee.