What does the Research Analytical Laboratory do?

The Research Analytical Laboratory serves university researchers, government agencies, and other public service groups. We provide inorganic chemical analysis for soil, water, feeds, foods, compost, plant or animal tissue, and many other types of materials.


Can the general public use the RAL?

The services of the Resarch Analytical laboratory are generally only available to University researchers and government agencies. Call for special situations. For soil fertility analysis of lawn, garden, and farm field soil samples, as well as greenhouse and florist testing, please visit the Soil Testing Laboratory‘s Web page. The services of the Soil Testing Laboratory are available to the general public as well as to researchers.


Does the RAL prepare samples for analysis?

We can do all of the work necessary to prepare your samples for analysis.  If you are only interested in elemental analysis by ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma), you have the option of doing the sample preparation yourself.


What about Quality Control?

The Research Analytical Laboratory uses many techniques to provide Quality Control/Quality Assurance. See our Quality Assurance page for more information.


What type of equipment does the RAL have?

The RAL uses a variety of equipment to perform analyses (See our Equipment page for more information). Many of the analyses that we perform are certified by the Minnesota Department of Health.


Where should I park if I am dropping off my soil samples or coming in to ask some questions?

The curb along the front of the building (Dudley Ave.) is a drop off zone for the building with a 20 minute parking period, which is where you can park. There are also meters along Gortner Ave. where it intersects with Dudley Ave. The rest of the parking near the Crops Research Building is contract/permit only.

Picture of drop off zone for crops research building