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Analytical methods and techniques in soil science
Convener: Tonu Tonutare  | Co-Conveners: Viia Lepane , Manfred Sager 
 / Mon, 09 Apr, 08:30–10:00
 / Attendance Mon, 09 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Analytical methods are the foundation of every scientific discipline. Therefore they have an important role in soil science and in all other related disciplines. The accuracy and quality of research results depends on the choice of analytical method and determines the novelty and usefulness of data for society. The wise usage of analytical methods and techniques allows the investigation of the processes and mechanisms in soils and assessment of the status of the environment. Unfortunately, the importance of their utilisation in soil analysis is often underestimated. Today we can see the usage of very wide spectrum of methods and techniques in soil science starting from quite simple classical methods and ending with high-precision methods based on high-tech instruments.

The aim of this session is to present the usage of different laboratory methods and techniques in soil research and give a possibility for researchers to exchange their experiences. The special goal of this session is to promote a wider use of innovative analytical methods and hyphenated instrumental techniques for separation and determination of chemical and biochemical compounds of both known and unknown structures in mineral and organic soils, sediments, substrates and composts. Modern analytical methods and hyphenated techniques can be utilized for the investigation of the processes and mechanisms in soils like formation, transformation, and conversion.
The session is an opportunity to present the works describing the usage of wide range of equipment, from smartphones to MS in the analysis of soils. The session is not limited to these techniques or methods. Also the works describing the methods of soil physical analysis are accepted. The studies connected with methodology of soil chemical analysis and particularly soil organic matter are welcome.