The course aims to provide participants with up-to-date knowledge, practical experience and insights in instrumental analysis, soil and plant analysis, laboratory management and data handling.
In the fields of soil fertility, soil chemistry, soil pollution and soil quality knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of nutrients and pollutants have augmented substantially in recent years. This has resulted in the application of improved and more advanced analytical methods for soils, plants and sediments, often requiring the use of increasingly sophisticated instrumentation. These developments, together with the growing numbers of samples many laboratories are presented with, make high demands on analytical and computing skills. To keep abreast of developments, staff charged with laboratory work in soil and plant analysis should upgrade their knowledge and skills in these new areas.
The course is a possible tool towards better laboratory performance, insight in procedures, and management.Improvements may be expected in efficiency and quality. Improved quality control can minimize errors and ensure customer satisfaction, whereby the reputation of the laboratory could be enhanced.