When selecting methods for trace element analysis of soils, some of the most important things to consider are:
- Sampling scheme and methodology.
- Choice of tools. Sample handling is crucial for trace element analysis due to potential cross-contamination. Consequently, do not use metal tools in the field or laboratory that could contaminate the sample.
- Objectives of the study. Always take into account what is relevant for your specific system and the purpose of the study. For example, is it appropriate to look at the “total” or “available” form of a particular metal?
Cu, Fe, Mn, and Zn cation concentrations in the extract are determined by AAS or ICP-OES, this must then be calculated to a concentration in the original soil sample.
The results are reported as μg/g soil.