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Home>News Articles>Announcements in 2018>FFTC and TARI team up for workshop on soil and plant tissue analysis
 July 20 2018

FFTC teams up yet again with the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) to conduct an international workshop on soil and plant tissue analysis—two very efficient tools to determine soil fertility and nutrient status of crops.

While it is widely known that the application of fertilizers to enhance yield and quality of food production is very important, many lack the basic understanding of soil fertility and nutrient status of plants and the overuse of fertilizers and its effects on the environment. And while it is true that there are existing laboratories for soil and plant testing in different parts of the world, many people working in those labs still lack the knowledge and skills on analysis methods, quality analysis and quality control (QA/QC), data interpretation and its application. These are all deemed critical to the success of nutrient diagnosis and fertilizer recommendation to farmers.

On September 12-14, the International Workshop on Soil and Plant Tissue Analysis: Testing Methods, QA/QC, Data Interpretation and Application will kick off at the TARI headquarters in Taichung, Taiwan. These will be attended by soil and plant scientists and researchers from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to the workshop, a proficiency testing (PT) program on soil and plant analysis will be conducted in order to maintain the quality of soil/plant testing laboratories. This is crucial since more and more people working in laboratories are actively participating in the program of inter-laboratory comparison (or proficiency test) in order to get certification or accreditation for analytic quality of laboratories. 

With the advancement of information technology, soil and plant testing data has already been incorporated with GIS and ICT technologies. Therefore, soil and plant/testing data can be applied not only in soil fertility diagnosis, but also in site-specific nutrient management, soil quality monitoring, land use planning, etc. These topics are expected to be tackled in the workshop and through the sharing and exchange of experiences of the participants coming from different laboratories in the region,  the reliability of testing data can hopefully be improved and ensured.

For more information on this workshop, contact Ms. Jennifer Lii at

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