The Applied Soil Ecology Lab is well-equipped for research in the field and lab. Its students and personnel also have access to and regularly use Department of Soil Science equipment and facilities.

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Applied Soil Ecology Lab Facilities

Field Equipment

  • DJI Matrice 100 Quadcopter Drone with a mounted MicaSense Red Edge 5-channel camera
  • Multi-spectral active reflectance sensor for NDRE computation (CropCircle 470, Holland Scientific Inc.)
  • Active reflectance sensor for NDVI computation (Trimble GreenSeeker handheld crop sensor)
  • Passive reflectance sensor (Multi-spectral camera)
  • Tunable diode laser for flux-gradient estimation of N2O and CO2 from soil (Campbell TGAS100A)
  • 3-D Sonic Anemometers (Campbell CSAT3)
  • Open Path CO2 Gas Analyzer (Li-7500, LI-COR Biosciences)
  • Open Path CH4 Gas Analyzer (Li-7700, LI-COR Biosciences)
  • RM Young Wind Speed and Direction Monitor
  • Campbell Scientific weather stations including
    • Air temperature and relative humidity sensors (HMP45C and HMP60, Vaisala Inc.)
    • Tipping bucket rain gauge (TR-525M Rainfall Sensor, The Texas Instruments, Inc.)
  • Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) system (Gasmet DX 4015)
  • Automated Soil CO2 Flux System (Li-8100A, LI-COR Biosciences)
  • Quantum cascade-ICOS Fast Response Methane Analyzer (Los Gatos RMT200)
  • Field-portable gas chromatograph (Varian CP4900 Micro-GC)
  • Raven AccuFlow condenser and Sidekick unit (Raven Industries) for application of anhydrous ammonia
  • More than 100 static-vented chambers for gas sampling
  • Passive dosimeter chambers for gas sampling
  • Manual Dutch auger and BackSaver soil corers
  • ECH2O soil moisture probes
  • Temperature probes
  • Data loggers (CR1000X) and multiplexers

Gas, Soil, & Plant Chemistry Equipment

  • Automated triple-detector gas chromatographs for greenhouse gas analysis (Varian 3800)
One of the Soil Ecology Lab gas chromatoraphs, loaded with 200 samples for analysis ©Marliese Peterson
  • Dual-channel ion chromatography system and autosampler for cation, anion and volatile fatty acid analyses (Dionex ICS-1000, Thermo Scientific)
  • Combustion analyzer (Varion Max Cube CNS, Elementar)
  • Automatic grain moisture meter (Dimo’s Tool & Die Ltd. Labtronics® Model 919 ® Automatic Moisture Meter)
  • UV-visible spectrophotometer with long path optical sensing tube
  • Lab bench drying ovens
  • Upright and shaker incubators
  • Bench-top centrifuges and micro-centrifuge
  • Soil redox and oxygen-diffusion probes and meters

Molecular Biology Equipment

  • Conventional and real time PCR instruments
  • Gel Box imaging system
  • NanoDrop™ Spectrophotometers
  • PCR clean bench
  • Bead beaters

Soil Microbiology Equipment

  • Autoclave
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Incubators
  • Laboratory blender
  • Bright-field compound, dissecting, and inverted microscopes with digital imaging systems
  • USDA soil nematode cyst extractor
  • Baermann-funnel and Berlese Tullgren equipment

Departmental of Soil Science Facilities

  • Agronomic field operation equipment including
    • Plot combine (Classic, Wintersteiger Inc.)
    • Plot-scale air-seeder (5000HD, Flexi-Coil Ltd.)
    • Bourgault Mid-Row disk-style Bander (Bourgault Industries Ltd.)
    • Tractor mounted hydraulic corer (Giddings Machine Company)
  • Technicon Autoanalyzer II Systems for soil nutrients (NH4+, NO3, Acid-P, DOC, SO4, and urea)
  • Inductively coupled plasma emission spectrophotometer (Varian ICP)
  • Total carbon and nitrogen analyzers (LECO)
  • Walk-in refrigerator (4°C), freezer (-20°C) and incubators
  • Soil and plant drying room (~48°C)
  • Plant biomass drying oven
  • Plant grinding (Thomas Wiley Laboratory Mill Model 4) room
  • Soil grinding (ball grinders) room
  • Root washer
  • Reach-in growth cabinets
  • Floor centrifuges
  • Muffler furnace
  • Acid digestion system for Kjeldahl digests (Weston Block Digester)
  • Ultra pure water system (deionized water)
  • Total station GPS
  • 4×4 field trucks and trailers for hauling equipment
Department of Soil Science field truck ©Marliese Peterson

Research Stations and Teaching Facilities