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Nutrient and Trace Element Analysis Laboratories

Dedicated mainly to research purposes, the Nutrient Analysis Laboratory is equipped with all the basic facilities to provide soil fertility appraisal and plant nutrient analysis. We use a Lachat flow injection analyzer to measure many components of nitrogen and phosphorus (in soil, waters and plant digests) as well as a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer for most of the major cations.

The Trace Element Analysis Laboratory has a state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) capable of rapid analysis of a wide range of trace elements with limits of detection commonly in the range of 0.1 to 1 ppb in solution.

This facility is available to support research projects of researchers at McGill and other universities. Graduate students involved in the research are invited to be trained and to take part in the many steps involved in laboratory work. If you are interested, please contact us to find out about the analyses that can be conducted, their limitations (e.g. sample type, make-up and concentration of the matrix solutions), and costs.

helene [dot] lalande [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Hélène Lalande)
Laboratory Coordinator