Soil Digestion: How Different Digesters Impact Trace Analysis

Carrying out soil analysis is a multi-step method, commencing with sample acquisition and ending with chemical analysis. These analytical workflows are designed to measure the mineral and nutrient levels in soils, to improve harvest yields, and to determine if fertilizer additions are necessary to restore mineral and nutrient imbalances.

Quantifying levels of trace elements found in sediments, soils, and brownfields is critical for a broad range of research areas. Selecting the correct digestion process for the individual applications can have a significant positive influence on the accuracy of results, cost, and throughput.

Soil microbes viewed under a microscope

Applications of Soil Digestion

Commercial farms are increasingly large users of soil digestion. The quality of their soil can be analyzed to ensure the best use, and to routinely monitor concentrations of fertilizers such as nitrates and phosphates in the soil.

Another key application of soil digestion is environmental risk management. Soil is analyzed to gauge the presence of contaminants and their exact quantities in a soil before it is reclaimed and re-used.

How ColdBlock’s Products Help

At ColdBlock technologies, we are at the forefront of soil digestion, having created a cutting-edge system which is well-suited to prepare soil samples for analysis. Our digesters excel in agricultural soil digestion applications as they can rapidly prepare samples which—when examined with analytical techniques—can deliver precise and accurate results. Our infrared powered sample digesters give the assurance of efficient recovery of contaminants quicker than any comparable acid digesters.

Large-scale industrial activities can result in substantial buildups of contaminants in the soil. Over time these trace elements can become abundant enough to create and environmental problem. This in turn could affect the eco system of the earth and even human health. At ColdBlock our digesters are ideal for preparing samples for many different environmental analysis objectives, such as detecting trace metals and metallic contaminants in soils.

Our CB12L digester is ideal for the preparation of larger samples, validated up to 30g. It is capable of rapid digestions, is cost-efficient and has improved occupational safety. It is employed in agricultural soil analysis and quantification of fertilizers.

Our CB15S digester works optimally with smaller samples of 5g or less. It is perfect for contemporary laboratory environments and can work with two digesters from a single control box.

Contact us today to find out more about our solutions for your soil analysis needs.