Infrastructure

The Mazingira Centre consists of laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment that have the capacity to measure a set of environmental parameters including livestock system greenhouse gas emissions, hydrological parameters, soil and plant nutrient contents as well as soil C sequestration.

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Our instrumentation includes:

  • 6 Gas chromatographs (CO2, CH4, N2O, (SF6))

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  • Livestock respiration chambers (3 x cattle, 3 x small ruminants)

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  • Manual and automatic soil respiration chambers (18 pc.) connected to Picarro

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  • Laser absorption spectrometer to measure CO2, CH4, N2O, H2O and NH3 (Aerodyne)

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  • A mobile climate controlled laboratory and 12 animal holding facilities

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  • Standard laboratory analytical equipment: ie. Kjeldahl (total N), 2 x C/N analyzers, photometers, incubation cabinets, NIRS,  etc.

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  • Equipment to measure soil hydrology
  • Several autonomous weather stations
  • Micrometeorological equipment

In addition, the ILRI farm in Nairobi as well as Kapiti Plains Estates Ltd., a semi-commercial research farm 60km South of Nairobi (approx. 13000 ha) that provides excellent ground to study these semi-arid systems jointly in the laboratory and in the field.

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