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The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (EC Lab) is part of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, based on the Massey University campus at Palmerston North.

Our staff are involved in commercial analytical projects as well as providing field and laboratory support for research teams within Manaaki Whenua.


The laboratory offers a range of analytical services on soil, plant and water samples to both company and external clients, including:

  • Chemical analyses of soils for soil classification / soil survey purposes
  • Chemical analyses of soils for fertility assessment
  • Soil analysis for research purposes, e.g., C and nutrient cycling
  • Soil analysis for biochemical properties such as microbial biomass carbon and nitrogen
  • Particle size and bulk density analysis of soils
  • Plant analysis for major nutrients and lignin
  • Water analysis for cations, anions and nutrients
  • Measuring carbon levels in flood waters as part of erosion monitoring

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