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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association, Edmonton

The 18th Annual Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association (WEALA) was held at the Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on April 4, 2007. The theme of the workshop was “Advances in analytical technology”. Salim Abboud welcomed the delegates and chaired the Workshop sessions.

A key component of the meeting was an instrument vendor show with displays by instrument manufacturers and laboratory equipment suppliers featuring their new equipment currently on the market as well as other displays of interest to the laboratory community. The vendors included Agilent Technologies Canada, Anachemia Science, ATS Scientific, CEM Corporation, K (Prime) Technologies, Lachat, Mandel Scientific, Mettler Toledo, Perkin-Elmer LAS Canada, and Varian Canada. The Workshop included following presentations: (1) Improvements in automated efficiency: Nutrient determination using direct read discrete technology by Dick Jadamec, Westco Scientific Instruments, Inc., Brookfield, CT, USA (2) Overview of microwave sample preparation for digestion of plant, soil and fertilizer samples by Elaine T. Hasty, CEM Corporation, Mathews, NC, USA (3) Weighing the right way by George Kameka, Mettler Toledo, Calgary, AB, Canada (4) A septum-free design for TOC analysis: A look at challenging sample sets with direct injection by David Nelson, Lachat-Hach Company, Loveland, CO, USA, and (5) Greenhouse gas analysis by gas chromatography by Darren Johnston, Varian Canada, Edmonton, AB, Canada. The organizing committee is to be complimented for an excellent program.

The Association held its Annual Business Meeting following the Workshop. The results of a recently-conducted round robin soil analysis study were discussed. The Executive for 2007-2008 consists of Trevor Sorensen (President), Edna Cabalo (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasurer). The 19th Annual Workshop will be held in early 2008.

The Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association is a non-profit association of government, university, and private laboratories with common interests in promoting and improving the analytical chemistry industry. The objective of the group is to produce good analytical results. The association was founded by Jim A. Carson, Ray Grimson, Yash P. Kalra, Don H. Laverty, and Al Rasmuson in 1979. For further information, visit us online at .