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Services- Soil & Water Testing

The Soil and Irrigation Water Laboratory has recently been established from what was previously known as the Agricultural Services Laboratory (ASL). The Laboratory is situated at the Agricultural Research and Development Centre at Għammieri (Marsa) and now forms part of the Plant Health Directorate.

 

The aims of the Soil and Irrigation Water Laboratory include:

  • The provision of laboratory services for soil and irrigation water testing;
  • The performance of diagnostic analysis in conjunction with research programs in soil and irrigation water; and
  • The assistance to the farming community and the general public in soil and water use.

Soil Testing:

Routine Soil Tests

  • Determination of nitrate in soil
  • Determination of Electrical Conductivity in soil
  • Determination of soluble Potassium in soil
  • Determination of Nitrate-Nitrogen in soil
  • Determination of available Phosphorus in soil
  • Determination of soluble Sodium in soil
  • Determination of soluble Chloride in soil 

 Non Routine Soil Tests

  • Determination of active Carbonate in soil
  • Determination of Calcium + Magnesium in soil
  • Determination of Loss on Ignition in soil
  • Determination of Moisture/Dry Matter content in soil
  • Determination of Organic Carbon content in soil
  • Determination of Particle Size Analysis in soil

Water Testing:



​Routine Irrigation Water Tests

  • Determination of pH in water
  • Determination of Electrical Conductivity in water
  • Determination of Sodium in water
  • Determination of Chloride in water
  • Determination of Calcium + Magnesium in water

Non Routine Water Tests

  • Determination of nitrate in irrigation water
  • Determination of nitrate-nitrogen in irrigation water
  • Determination of potassium in irrigation water