ICP-OES or Flame AAS – Which Spectrometer Technology is Best for You?

On-Demand Webinar

Advances in XRF and ICP-OES for Plant Tissue and Soil Analysis

Agronomy — including plant genetics, plant physiology, soil fertilization, and soil science — improves the use of soil and increases the production of food and fiber crops. The work often relies heavily on analysis of field samples. The accuracy and timeliness of these analyses are vital to the testing regimes of state regulatory laboratories, contract and other commercial/university soil laboratories, and production laboratories maintained by fertilizer makers and other manufacturers.

The introduction of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) for plant tissue analysis will offer a very fast analysis method that requires little sample preparation besides grinding — without the need to do an acid digestion. It will also allow the user to keep their inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) focused on soil samples without having to switch over for plant analysis.

Key Learning Objectives

  • New ED-XRF analysis for plant tissues to eliminate traditional sample preparation requirements for faster analysis
  • How to overcome issues associated with alkalis and improving trace element measurement
  • Electrothermal vaporization (ETV) technique for minimizing sample preparation
  • Differences between optical systems and how it impacts performance for ICP-OES
  • How combining XRF and ICP in your lab can boost productivity
  • How to improve throughput and dramatically reduce your cost of operation

Who Should Watch

  • Researchers
  • Quality control and quality assurance managers
  • Lab managers/supervisors
  • Lab director
  • Project leaders
  • Technicians/research assistants