Analytical and Research Facilities

The Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre (FLRC) is a sub-group of the Soil and Earth Sciences in the Institute of Agriculture and Environment. The Institute maintains a modern, well-equipped analytical laboratory in support of the teaching, research and extension activity. FLRC offers a comprehensive analytical service for soil, plant, water, effluent and fertiliser materials. In addition, a range of equipment is maintained to measure the physical properties of soil. Information on services and charges can be obtained from Lance Currie (Click Here).

FLRC also has access to agricultural land (sheep and beef, dairy, deer, arable and fruit crops) maintained by Massey University where trials can be conducted on a wide variety of soil types that vary in soil fertility status. An extensive range of field equipment and agricultural machinery is available to facilitate meaningful experimentation. Also available are controlled glasshouses and growth cabinets.

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In addition to the normal range of analytical and computer equipment found in a modern, well-equipped laboratory, research facilities include the following:

  • UV-Visible and Infrared Spectrophotometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophometer (FT-IR)
  • Microwave Plasma Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Agilent Technologies)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Graphite Furness)
  • Reflectance Spectroradiometer (Portable)
  • Auto-Analysis Systems (Various)
  • Ion Chromatograph (Dionex Aquion)
  • GC MS (Shimadzu)
  • Specific Ion Electrode Systems
  • X-Ray Diffraction Analyser (XRD)
  • Ultrapycnometer
  • Simultaneous Differential Thermal Analyser (SDTA)
  • Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulphur and Oxygen Analyser (Elementar Vario Macro)
  • Real Time Kinematic Differential Global Positioning System
  • Electromagnetic Earth Conductivity Meter (EM 31 and EM 38)
  • Automatic Drainflow and Water Sampling Equipment
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One of the research laboratories
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The FT - IR (Nicolet 6700)
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The Graphite Furnace AA Spectrophotometer
(Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 600)
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FLRC adheres to Total Quality Management Systems in the laboratories and is a member of the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC).
Clients and visitors are welcome to meet with staff and view our facilities at
the Turitea Campus, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
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