"The United Nations and experts say global food production will have to double by 2050, at which point the world population is expected to have grown from 7 billion today to well beyond 9 billion. That’s just 35 years away, and there will be no new arable land then. In fact, there probably will be less."
I'm trying to develop a lab exercise focused on soil respiration for my introductory soil science class at Kansas State. I first looked into buying some of the single-use, disposable CO2 analysis items out there that turn colors as the sensor is exposed to CO2. Surprisingly, they're very expensive - particularly when buying enough for 240 students each year. I'm considering purchasing an Infrared Gas Analyzer (IRGA) for CO2 analysis. It would be a large up-front cost, but would be cheaper in the long run. I've found products from LI-COR and PP-Systems, but I was wondering if any of you might know of cheaper IRGA options, or some sort of CO2 analysis method that I'm not aware of. We do have GCs in the department, as well as some traditional LI-COR systems available in my department, but I'd like to have an instrument I could keep in our regular laboratory room, and that I wouldn't have to worry about timing conflicts with other researchers in the department.
Thanks for any suggestions!
#Science #scienceeducation #Education #co2 #soil
- North Carolina State UniversitySoil Science - PhD, 2010 - 2014
- Iowa State UniversityEnvironmental Science - BS, 2004 - 2008
- North Carolina State UniversitySoil Science - MS, 2008 - 2010
- Kansas State UniversityAssistant Professor of Soil Science, 2015 - present
- University of WashingtonPostdoctoral Researcher, 2014 - 2014
- North Carolina State UniversityResearch and Teaching Assistant, 2008 - 2013
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