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Infrared (IR) spectroscopy plays a pivotal role in making the diagnostic surveillance framework which is modeled on medical diagnostic approaches for evidence-based management of agriculture and environment in developing countries operational, by providing a rapid (>500 samples can be characterized in a day) , low cost and highly reproducible (repeatability of 0.99) diagnostic screening tool
We are using this tool in characterizing and mapping out soil indicators throughout sub-Saharan Africa under Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) Project. This tool is also used as part of their national soil health surveillance systems e.g. Ethiopia under their Agricultural Transformation Agency. Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania are also adopting the same program soon.
Infrared spectroscopy is used in tropical watershed studies and soil management research to:
Elvis Weullow, Deputy Lab Manager - World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)