The Research Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Technogenic Landscapes of the Natural Science Institute of Perm University (PSNIU, participant of the REC "Rational Subsoil Use") has expanded the field of soil and geochemical research, thanks to new Russian equipment
The laboratory conducts fundamental research to identify the mechanisms of transformation of landscapes in the development of minerals.
"At the moment, we are analyzing the water extraction of soils using new domestic equipment. To assess fertility, the following indicators are determined: hydrolytic acidity, organic matter content, mobile sodium, potassium, aluminum, phosphorus, exchange calcium and magnesium. The results of the analyses are used in engineering surveys for construction, in the study of the material composition of waste and the assessment of disturbed lands," comments Natalia Poroshina, senior researcher at the Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Technogenic Landscapes of YENI PGNIU.
Using a photometer, scientists determine the content of alkali metals. The liquid analyzer is used to measure the mass content of inorganic and organic substances in technical materials, water and soil.
With the new equipment, the laboratory of Biogeochemistry of technogenic landscapes received a conclusion on the state of measurements from the Perm Center for Standardization and Metrology – this confirms the fulfillment of state requirements in the field of ensuring the uniformity of measurements and technical regulation.
The Laboratory of Biogeochemistry of Technogenic Landscapes of the Natural Science Institute of PSNIU was established in 2020 as part of the project "Biogeochemical and geochemical studies of landscapes under conditions of intense technogenic impact, search for new methods of monitoring and forecasting the state of the environment" with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Today, the Perm University Laboratory cooperates with PFIC Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PJSC Uralkali, LLC Eurochem and GC EVRAZ.