The Handbook of Reference Methods for Plant Analysis is an outstanding resource of plant analysis procedures, outlined in easy-to-follow steps and laboratory-ready for implementation. Plant laboratory preparation methods such as dry ashing and acid and microwave digestion are discussed in detail. Extraction techniques for analysis of readily soluble elements (petiole analysis) and quick test kits for field testing are also presented. This handbook consolidates proven, time tested methods in one convenient source. Plant scientists in production agriculture, forestry, horticulture, environmental sciences, and other related disciplines will find the Handbook a standard laboratory reference.
The Handbook was written for the Soil and Plant Analysis Council, Inc., of which the editor is a board member. The council aims to promote uniform soil test and plant analysis methods, use, interpretation, and terminology; and to stimulate research on the calibration and use of soil testing and plant analysis. This reference will help readers reach these important goals in their own research.
Table of Contents
Principles of Plant Analysis, R.D. Munson
Field Sampling Procedures for Conducting a Plant Analysis, J.B. Jones, Jr.
Preparation of Plant Tissue for Laboratory Analysis, C.R. Campbell and C.O. Plank
Determination of Dry Matter Content of Plant Tissue: Gravimetric Moisture, R.O. Miller
High-Temperature Oxidation: Dry Ashing, R.O. Miller
Nitric-Perchloric Acid Wet Digestion in an Open Vessel, R.O. Miller
Microwave Digestion of Plant Tissue in an Open Vessel, Y.P. Kalra and D.G. Maynard
Microwave Digestion of Plant Tissue in a Closed Vessel, R.O. Miller
Determination of Total Nitrogen in Plant Tissue, D.A. Horneck and R.O. Miller
Extractable Nitrate in Plant Tissue: Ion-Selective Electrode Method, R.O. Miller
Determination of Ammonium-Nitrogen in Plant Tissue, L. Liu
Total Sulfur Determination in Plant Tissue, C.G. Kowalenko and C.J. Van Laerhoven
Sulfate-Sulfur Determination in Plant Tissue, C.G. Kowalenko
Determination of Chloride in Plant Tissue, L. Liu
Extractable Chloride, Nitrate, Orthophosphate, Potassium, and Sulfate-Sulfur: 2% Acetic Acid Extraction, R.O. Miller
Tissue Testing Kits and Procedures for Nutrient Element Assessment in Plant Tissue, J.B. Jones, Jr. and D. Slovacek
Chlorophyll Meter Method for Estimating Nitrogen Content in Plant Tissue, J.S. Schepers, T.M. Blackmer, and D.D. Francis
Analytical Instruments for the Determination of Elements in Plant Tissue, M.E. Watson
Determination of Potassium and Sodium by Flame Emission Spectrophotometry, D.A. Horneck and D. Hanson
Elemental Determination by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry, E.A. Hanlon
Elemental Determination by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry, R.A. Isaac and W.C. Johnson, Jr.
Determination of Boron, Molybdenum, and Selenium in Plant Tissue, U.C. Gupta
Determination of Arsenic and Mercury in Plant Tissue, Y.K. Soon
Determination of Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Lead,
and Nickel in Plant Tissue, Y.K. Soon
Quality Control Procedures for Plant Analysis, E.A. Hanlon
Reference Materials for Data Quality Control, M. Ihnat
Data Processing in Plant Analysis, R.E. Karamanos
Appendix I: Plant and Related Reference Materials for Data Quality Control of Elemental Content, M. Ihnat
Appendix II: Reference Texts on Plant Analysis
"The handbook is aimed at a broad audience, to plant scientists in production agriculture, forestry, horticulture and environmental sciences, but it also contains valuable practical information for plant physiologists."
-Journal of Plant Physiology