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.
Our instrumentation includes:
- 6 Gas chromatographs (CO2, CH4, N2O, (SF6))
- Livestock respiration chambers (3 x cattle, 3 x small ruminants)
- Manual and automatic soil respiration chambers (18 pc.) connected to Picarro
- Laser absorption spectrometer to measure CO2, CH4, N2O, H2O and NH3 (Aerodyne)
- A mobile climate controlled laboratory and 12 animal holding facilities
- Standard laboratory analytical equipment: ie. Kjeldahl (total N), 2 x C/N analyzers, photometers, incubation cabinets, NIRS, etc.
- 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.