The refurbished and expanded laboratories of the institute include the following:
- Soil sciences laboratory
- Fracture laboratory
- Sample preparation laboratory
- General soil sciences laboratory
- Element analytical laboratory (soil, plant and water analytics)
- Soil biology laboratory:
- Inoculation chamber, soil and microbiology laboratory
- Meteorology laboratory
- Geophysics laboratory
Key research areas are, as follows:
soil, water and plant sample examination, site investigation, mycorrhiza research in forest soils, edaphon examination, meteorology measurements, test measurements for evaluating the efficiency of new methods.
In education, the institute’s laboratories are used for lab sessions, student science projects, individual lab projects, thesis projects, PhD research. Key areas of education include: lab sessions in soil sciences, soil protection, mineral and rock science, soil biology, meteorology, climatology, microbiology and instrumented analytics
Key laboratory equipment:
Plasma emission spectrophotometer with inductive coupling (ICP-OES), atom adsorption spectrophotometer (with graphite furnace), CNS analyser, N analyser, equipment for soil and plant sample preparation.
Research and stereo microscope with camera system, for soil biota and mycorrhiza studies; autoclave, microbiology chamber and microbiology incubator.
Equipment for surface temperature (plants, soil, building, etc.) measurements, Carbon-dioxide and vapour flux measurement tool.
Georadar – soil investigation up to 1-2 m in depth; VLF instrument – investigation between 20-100 m in depth; Overhauser magnetometer – magnetic research; Multi-electrode geoelectric instruments – electric research in the top 60 m;