The CIFOR-ICRAF Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory is a leading global lab that offers robust, cost-efficient and rapid analysis of soil, plants and agricultural inputs such as manure and fertilizers using dry spectral methods. It is the key reference laboratory for over 20 regional spectroscopy labs worldwide and is also a key partner in the GLOSOLAN global spectral library initiative with the FAO.
Through cutting-edge services using visible, near-infrared (NIR) and mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy, the lab provides the highest-quality analytics. The use of these spectral methods has advanced landscape-scale assessments of soil and ecosystem health, which provide critical evidence in global monitoring of agriculture interventions and restoration efforts.
Our core offerings
- High-quality analysis of soil, plants, and agricultural inputs and products
- Big data analytics of soil and land health indicators at the landscape scale
- Provision of quality control services for the global network of spectral labs and sensors
- Software development for managing and using spectral data
- Development of low-cost sensors
- Extensive capacity development on the inclusion of spectral methods and analysis in government and non-governmental laboratories worldwide
- Laboratory instruments
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
- Laboratory instruments posters
- Laboratory Videos
- Laboratory Workflows
- Soil Spectra Library
- Africa Soil Spectroscopy Laboratory Network
To submit soil samples to the Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory, please complete the online form, ensuring that all indicated protocols are met.
Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory sample submission form
You can also download and complete the form offline, and email it to the contact below.
Elvis Weullow at (E.Weullow@cifor-icraf.org) or Dickens Ateku (D.Ateku@cifor-icraf.org)