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Based in Brisbane, our Analytical Nutrition Laboratory has over 20 years’ experience supporting the fields of animal nutrition, agricultural science, marine biology, and environmental science, with a  focus on aquaculture nutrition.

We are specialists in testing small samples to obtain the maximum amount of information from precious amounts. We routinely conduct multiple assays using 1 gram of dried material or less.

Custom assays can also be developed upon request.

We specialise in small sample testing for animal nutrition analyses, in acquaculture and agriculture.

A suite of specialised analytical instrumentation

Our facility contains an array of specialised equipment, assembled to provide a range of analytical data to answer your individual investigative queries.

Instruments include:

  • Inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometer - ICP-OES
  • Oxygen bomb calorimeter
  • Oxygen bomb calorimeter – micro bomb
  • Gas chromatographs with multiple detectors:
    • flame ionisation detector GC-FID
    • mass spectrometer GC-MS
  • Liquid chromatographs with multiple detectors:
    • tandem mass spectrometer - LC-MS-MS
    • evaporative light scattering detector - LC-ELSD
    • photodiode array - LC-PDA
    • refractive index detection- LC-RID
    • fluorescence detector - LC-FLD
  • Elemental analyser
  • Spectrometer and Fluorometers
  • Fibre analyser
  • Near infrared spectrometers - NIR
  • Muffle furnace and drying ovens
  • Freeze dryers

Analytical capabilities

Our laboratory routinely measures the following.

  • Lipid and fatty acid analysis
  • Crude Protein
  • Total carbon
  • Gross energy
  • Metals and minerals analysis, including mercury.
  • Amino acids and metabolites
  • Starch, including amylose, amylose pectin, damaged starch.
  • Fibre, including crude fibre, neutral detergent and acid detergent and lignin.
  • Water chemistry, including ammonia, phosphate, nitrate and nitrite, total nitrogen and total phosphorus.
  • Sugars and total carbohydrate
  • Haem iron
  • Carotenoids
  • Creation of NIR models to predict nutrient composition and digestibility
  • Moisture content
  • Ash content

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For further information on analytical capability, prices, and sample submission contact Barney Hines or Nicholas Bourne via



Queensland Biosciences Precinct
306 Carmody Road
St Lucia
QLD 4067

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