Crop production can be affected by several factors, including concentrations of nutrients and heavy metals in soil, water, and within the plant tissue itself. Analysis of nutrient deficiencies and determination of heavy metals in plants can help growers augment soil and establish remediation efforts if necessary, maximizing crop yield and protecting crop health.
Analysis of Nutrient Deficiency in Plants
Nutrient deficiencies in plants can inhibit growth and significantly reduce overall crop production. A simple nutrient analysis can help growers effectively supplement deficiencies to maximize crop yields and plant health. Element uses state-of-the-art equipment to detect nutrient deficiencies along with our library of expected nutrient concentrations.
Determination of Heavy Metals in Plants
Although low concentrations of heavy metals can aid in plant production, high concentrations can be toxic to plants, reducing growth, performance, and yield. Sometimes high concentrations even lead to plant death. If consumed, plants with high concentrations of heavy metals will transfer the toxins to humans and animals deleteriously affecting their health.
ICP analysis for heavy metals can quickly and accurately identify elevated concentrations, helping growers identify the need for remediation. Continuous analysis of heavy metals can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of bioremediation efforts.
Element’s plant tissue analysis methods are based on US EPA methodologies and the BC Ministry of the Environmental Lab Manual. Combining plant tissue analysis with our soil testing and water testing services will provide a complete picture of nutrient and environmental health.
For more information about nutrient deficiency and heavy metals in plant tissue, contact us today.
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