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Rao Mylavarapu

Dr. Rao Mylavarapu, Director

From the Director's desk

Welcome to the University of Florida, IFAS Analytical Services Laboratories (ANSERV Labs)! These labs have been in operation, under slightly different names, for nearly 60 years.

Since 2008, the ANSERV Labs have been reorganized to accomplish specific research and cooperative extension service missions through two sections in each area- Analytical Research (ARL) and NELAC Certified Environmental Water Quality (EWQL) Labs for all researchers and students and Extension Soil Testing (ESTL) and Waste Testing Labs (WTL) for all citizens and agencies of Florida.

The ESTL services can also be accessed through local county extension offices, where guidance on sample collection, appropriate test(s) selection and implementation of recommendations is available. Sample bags and mailing boxes are available at the county offices, free of charge. Samples received at the ESTL are run daily, thus ensuring the results within 1-3 days from the date of submission of samples. The WTL has a typical turn-around time of 7-10 days from the time of sample submission. The results are emailed to both the client and the county extension office.

Researchers can submit analyses requests through on-line forms, as the sample analyses should be preferrably scheduled ahead of time at the ARL. The EWQL will run samples on a walk-in basis, as long as the sampling and submissions are done strictly as per the NELAC protocols and custody forms are in order. Researchers are responsible for adherence of field protocols and holding times. All services of the ANSERV Labs can be accessed through our website. All necessary sample submission forms, check lists, appropriate tests available, protocols and procedures, required fees, etc. are available through the web sites.

The ANSERV Labs handles special analytical requests, where possible, and add services as appropriate, in support of the clients’ needs. The ANSERV Labs strive to provide high quality analyses and results in a timely manner to all clients. Access to all IFAS faculty and educational resources are available through the ANSERV Labs for assistance with analyses, QA/QC, interpretations and nutrient recommendations.

I hope you will find our Labs useful to fulfill all your analytical and nutrient management needs. We encourage all users to provide us the feedback, as appropriate, to help us improve our services.