Agricultural Chemistry

The activities of the laboratories of the research area Agricultural Chemistry consist of carrying out analyzes with chemical-physical methods in soil, leaves, fruits, horticultural soil, compost and fertilizers for nutrients as well as in forage for their ingredients and energy content. These analyzes form the basis for ensuring an optimal nutrient supply for the plants and a balanced and performance-based feeding of the livestock. The analyzes are carried out both as a service for third parties (farmers, private individuals, cooperatives, etc.) as well as for the needs of the research carried out at the Research Center Laimburg and on request, for the various organizations of South Tyrol.


In order to produce high-quality fruit, vegetables and fodder in the desired quantity, plants require adequate and appropriate nutrients. Soil analysis and related advice for fertilization make an essential contribution to successful and environmentally friendly agriculture.

  • Analysis of soil from agricultural crops and domestic gardens
  • Compost analysis• Analysis of soil and substrate for gardeners
  • Analysis of fertilizers and irrigation water
  • Main parameters: soil type, humus, pH value, lime content, principal nutrients and trace elements, mineral nitrogen, salts, heavy metals, grain size distribution, cation exchange capacity, cress germination tests
  • Development and testing of improved methods of agrochemical analysis
  • Consultation services for a balanced, environmentally friendly fertilisation approach

The nutritional condition of plants can be determined by analyzing plant organs, especially leaves. This test indicates whether crops are adequately supplied with essential nutrients and assesses fruit quality by determining its nutritional content.

  • Analysis of fruit-tree and grapevine leaves throughout the growing season
  • Early diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies or excess in cultivated plants
  • Analysis of plant organs for the determination of the main nutrients and microelements
  • Determination of nutrients and heavy metals in fruit
  • Analysis for the determination of the risk of bitter pit in apple (Calcium forecast in July)

Since 2014, the soil analysis and special analysis laboratory has been accredited according to the ISO / IEC 17025 standard (ACCREDIA accreditation No. 0463):

List of accredited analyzes HERE

For other information regarding accreditation, you can consult the website

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00



Dr. Aldo Matteazzi

+39 0471 969 553

Knowing and understanding the composition of animal feed is a crucial factor in successful animal husbandry. Data obtained from fodder analysis is the ideal basis for a balanced and efficient feeding approach. Laimburg Research Centre facilities offer:

  • fodder analysis including dry and concentrated feed, grass and corn silage
  • analysis of crude protein, fibre, ash and lipids using the Weende method
  • analysis of fertilisers, irrigation water and sewage sludge
  • structural substance analysis: NDF, ADF and ADL
  • assessment of the fermentation properties of silage feeds
  • determination of principal and trace elements in animal feed
  • development and optimisation of new methods of analysis


Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00



dr. Evelyn Soini

+39 0471 969 559