Plant materials

Research methods demand large numbers of samples. The only way the throughput can be achieved is by using some form of automatic processing. Such methods using segmented flow analysers were conceived by Skeggs (1957) for use in clinical analysis, but found wide application in water, soil and plant analyses in the mid-1960s. In 1968, the author established an analytical laboratory at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with the remit to install this type of equipment for the analysis of plant samples from the Departments of Agriculture, Biology and Biochemistry. Further discussion of segmented flow analysis will be found in Chapter 1. These are the reasons why, in addition to the well-established manual procedures such as for fibre, automatic methods will be preferred if they exist, but references to the equivalent manual methods will usually be provided if available.

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