Measuring Nutrients in Soil

Nutrient availability is an essential soil characteristic that should be continually monitored in agricultural applications. The most essential nutrients necessary for optimum plant growth are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Nitrogen is necessary for the vegetative plant growth phase since it is a primary element for proteins, DNA, and hormones. The growth phase…

Analysing the Colour of Honey

Bees use nectar to make honey; they collect nectar from a variety of plants, which means a variety of types of honey. Honey is a naturally produced functional food proven to have a positive effect on health. The advantageous properties of honey include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, wound and sunburn healing, antioxidant, antidiabetic and antimicrobial activities. Honey…

Water Hardness and Baked Goods Production

Every great baker knows that using high quality ingredients is essential in creating delicious baked goods for their customers. Artisanal bakers constantly scrutinise the sources of their ingredients to ensure only the best components make it into their final products. One of the most often overlooked factors during baking is water. Water quality can significantly…