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dc.contributorSmithson, Paulen_US
dc.contributorMandac, Bernarditaen_US
dc.contributorUponi, Josephen_US
dc.creatorRyan, Johnen_US
dc.identifier.citationJohn Ryan, Paul Smithson, Bernardita Mandac, Joseph Uponi. (5/2/2007). Role of international research centers' soil laboratories in agricultural development. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 33 (15-18), pp. 3213-3225.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe worldwide network of 16 research centers of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) focuses on research, training, education, and capacity-building with the goal of poverty alleviation through increased production, economic development, and environmental protection in the poorer countries of the world. The centers work in partnership with the national agricultural research systems as well as advanced research institutions. The pillars of their research are germplasm enhancement and natural resource management. The soil laboratory is fundamental to such research endeavors, involving analysis of soils as a basis for soil characterization, identifying nutrient constraints, and establishing criteria for fertilizer application and efficient nutrient use, along with water, plant, and fertilizer analysis. The soil laboratory backstops both basic and applied research. Most CGIAR centers' laboratories have a training function for their region's national programs, and are involved in networks to upgrade analytical standards and maintain quality output. Many laboratories also host students from regional universities for their graduate research. There is a need for an increased role for laboratory analysis in the future research and development programs of the international centers. However, inherent weaknesses in the system will have to be addressed, as well as improved staff training, centralization of analytical services, automation, and quality assurance. There will also be a shift in the types of analysis as research programs place more emphasis on environment rather than traditional soil fertility concerns.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsCopyrighted; all rights reserveden_US
dc.sourceCommunications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis;33,(2007) Pagination 3213,3225en_US
dc.subjectsoil laboratoriesen_US
dc.titleRole of international research centers' soil laboratories in agricultural developmenten_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovocagricultural developmenten_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Institute of Tropical Agriculture - IITAen_US
cg.contributor.centerWorld Agroforestry Center - ICRAFen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Rice Research Institute - IRRIen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US

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