IUSS Alert 212 (March-April 2023)



In 2024, the centenary of the foundation of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) will be celebrated. The IUSS, formerly known as the International Societies of Soil Science (ISSS), was established in Rome in 1924.  

To commemorate this centenary, a celebratory event is being organized in Rome in May 2024, along with an extraordinary "World Soil Congress" in Florence. The Congress is organized by the IUSS and SISS, whose presidents are responsible for the event. The event's website (https://centennialiuss2024.org/) is continuously updated  and provides information on the detailed program, including content and objectives, as well as partnerships, sponsorships, and collaborations. The Congress aims to celebrate not only the Soil Sciences but also their interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations with other disciplines that interact with the soil resource for the support of humanity and nature.

The purpose of the event is to strengthen connections with different disciplines, policymakers, stakeholders, institutions, and associations in order to effectively address society's needs in agriculture, forestry, environment, urban planning, energy, education, and other social issues.

The organization of the scientific sessions is bottom-up, meaning that proposals are freely accepted from those who wish to develop a topic within the general themes of the Congress, which are:  

Soil health in achieving sustainable development goals

Soil governance

Soil in the digital era

Soil and humanity

Soil sciences in advancing basic knowledge

Soil in the circular economy

Equity, diversity, and inclusivity in soil sciences

A session proposal should be submitted related to a single general theme, along with defining some keywords. Keywords are used to identify potential similarities between sessions during the program creation. The Scientific Committee may suggest modifications to the proposed sessions.

Submission of session proposals is open until the 30th of June and can be done through the Congress website at https://centennialiuss2024.org/call-for-session/. Registration of conveners and co-conveners will only be required upon acceptance of the session. 

The IUSS at EGU 2023

The IUSS attended with a booth at the EGU in Vienna from 23 to 28 April 2023, together with the Chinese and the Italian Soil Science Societies (SISS). <<<gadgets and info materials of the IUSS, those of the next Inter-Congress WCSS in China, and that of the Centennial in Italy were  distributed. IUSS Officers and Colleagues attended at the stand to share info and ideas for the Union and the progress in Soil Sciences.

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The IUSS at the General Assembly of the International Scientific Union in Paris

9-12 May 2023 (https://council.science/)  

The President of the IUSS and the President-Elect participated in the General Assembly of the International Scientific Union in Paris from 9-12 May 2023 (https://council.science/). The ISC aims to be the global voice for science and is made up of approximately 200 Scientific Unions and Academies, the majority of which was represented in Paris. This was a great opportunity to learn about other scientific associations and, more importantly, to give voice to soil sciences through a platform to be heard by an audience that often overlooks them. The IUSS is a member of the ISC, having been a part of the ICSU since its inception, and participates in specific groups such as the Geounions and the Standing Committees on Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender Equality in Science. Prof Yongguan Zhu, recipient of the von Liebig award 2022 of the IUSS, is member of the Standing ISC Committee for Science Planning 2022-2025.

The ISC is experiencing strong growth in terms of staff and activities as it strives to be the voice of science for various policymakers, including UN scientific bodies, and is supported by a wide range of funding institutions. However, this growth has necessitated updates to the statutes with regard to membership, voting, and duties, which were among the main issues addressed in the Assembly. 

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Malaysian Society of Soil Sciences  

On Monday March 27th, 2023, the Secretariat of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), entrusted to the CREA, hosted the study visit of Dr. V. Jeyanny Vijayanathan, senior research officer in the Soil Management Branch at the "Forest Plantation Programme" of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). The meeting was an opportunity to establish a first contact aimed at the international cooperation with FRIM, to share the expertise on soil carbon modeling techniques and develop scientific collaborations. V. Jeyanny Vijayanathan is a member of the Malaysian Society of Soil Science, affiliated to the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). The Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is one of the world's leading institutions in tropical forestry research. Founded in 1929 as the Forest Research Institute, it has become a body with statutory autonomy, supervised by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Environment and Climate Change (NRECC). During the meeting, an international collaboration agreement between FRIM and CREA was signed.


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Commission 1.6 Paleopedology Newsletters

Newsletter no. 32 from Commission 1.6 is now available on the IUSS website.

Read more: https://old.iuss.org/newsroom/newsletters/paleopedology-newsletters-commission-16/  


Soil Science Society of China (SSSC) Newsletter


Soil Science Society of China (SSSC) Newsletter Vol. 7 and Vol. 8

Read more: https://old.iuss.org/newsroom/newsletters/soil-science-society-of-china-sssc-newsletter/  


News from the SLCS

Stop soil degradation – the IUSS educative project to achieve it

"World reference base for soil resources - its fourth edition and its history" was published today in the journal of plant nutrition and soil science. you find it at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jpln.202200417

News from national and regional soil science societies

Soil Science Australia

Dr. Allan E. Hewitt (MWLR), Dr Megan R. Balks (University of Waikato), and Prof David J. Lowe (University of Waikato) were recently awarded with the J.K. Taylor Gold Medal of Soil Science Australia for 2022 for their book “The Soils of Aotearoa New Zealand” (Springer, 2021).



Africa Soil Science Society (ASSS)


Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) - Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) (unibe.ch) CDE’s and CDE’s members’ activities at the IASC Conference in Nairobi.

The XIX Biennial IASC Conference “The commons we want: between historical legacies and future collective actions” puts the commons at centre stage. The conference combines a future-oriented research and practice perspective with a look back, as many legal and structural legacies predetermine possible development pathways.

Join us at the IASC Conference from 19 – 24 June in Nairobi, Kenya!

Link: IASC Conference: information and registration



Biota, water, and humans. Management for a sustainable world

18 – 22 October 2023, Gandia, Spain

Read more: https://7biohydrology.webador.es/  


5th International Conference on Sustainable Natural Resource Management Under Global Climate Change

7 – 10 November 2023, New Delhi, India

Flyer   https://scsi.org.in/pdf/1st-Announcement-of-SCSI-Conference.pdf

Read more: https://scsi.org.in/  


The International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR XI)

10 – 14 July 2023, Las Cruces Convention Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

Registration begins October 1, 2022 and abstract submission begins January 1, 2023

More information at this link: https://www.icarxi.com/wp-signup.php?new=aeolianresearch.com  


Rhizosphere 6

13 – 18 August 2023, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

The Rhizosphere International Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Rhizosphere 6 will be held at the Nanjing International Expo Center in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China in August 2023 (tentatively August 13-18).  


Federation of Eurasian Soil Science Societies http://www.fesss.org/


Organizing Committee of International Soil Science Congress (EURASIAN SOIL CONGRESS 2023)



Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Haydar Aliyev - the National Leader of Azerbaijani




Latin American Soil Science Society



Date 2023-07-30

"Latin America and the good governance of its soils and biomasses: Possibility or Utopia?

Florianapolis Brazil Congresos y eventos




Date 2023-09-18 

Santa Rosa La Pampa, Argentina Congresos y eventos


Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS)  

2023 Soil ID Course Registration Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS) http://prsss.landfood.ubc.ca/

Summer Soil ID Course

Are you eager to dig some pits and hand texture some soil? If so, fill out the form below to express your interest for the PRSSS 2023 Soil ID Course, happening May 30th - June 1st on the Kamloops region  

United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations

Events | Soil Science Society of America  


ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meetings


The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America jointly host the premier gathering of ideas, solutions, and innovation from across the field of environmental sciences.  


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Home | ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meetings


The Soil Science Society of America is hosting a summer conference that provides unlimited networking opportunities, innovative scientific abstracts, poster sessions, invited symposia, exhibitors, technical workshops, and professional tours.  


From Knowledge to Action: Empowering Your Sustainable Agronomy Journey Sustainable Agronomy Conference Sustainable Agronomy Conference | American Society of Agronomy

July 12, 19, 26, & August 2  

News from the Latin American Soil Science Society: SLCS

Soil Science Association of Costa Rica

X National Soil Congress, of the Costa Rica Soil Science Association, from June 12 to 14, 2023, in hybrid mode.  

Soil Science Society of Brazil

IUSS and the Latin American Soil Science Society invite you to participate in their Latin America Soil Science Congress to be held from 30 July to 04 august 2023 in Florianopolis, Brazil. https://solosfloripa2023.com.br/

IUSS and the Latin American soil science society invites you to participate on the VIII Latin American symposium on educational innovations in the teaching of soil science to be held on august 1st, 2023, in Florianopolis, Brazil in the framework of “the IUSS goes to the school” educative project. 

Soil Science Society of Mexico

XVII SYMPOSIUM ON EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS IN THE TEACHING OF SOIL SCIENCE to be held on October 17, 2023, at the University city exhibition and congress center of the national autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico city.  

Spanish Soil Science Society

XXIII NATIONAL MEETING ON SOILS-RENS 2023, from September 12 to 15 2023 in Pamplona-Iruña (Navarra). https://www.unavarra.es/reunion-nacional-suelos-2023 


Workshop education to live with fire will be held in Santiago de Compostela

July 12 and 14, 2023

https://facingfire.eu/) project. https://facingfire.eu/2023-workshop/

The workshop will bring together teachers, students, researchers, trainers (active or in training) of different academic levels with owners and representatives of forest communities, public and private managers (companies and public administration), and environmental associations. the main objectives of this workshop are (i) to exchange pedagogical strategies and innovative approaches, (ii) to promote the transfer of knowledge about forest fires to society, and (iii) to build a collaborative environment between agents related to prevention and education. https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=leunj6s3zem4eiw5c3rhe4efitdkevdkrkne9kuoqlfunfcyvfnpwecwrfqzqthvtkgwuljxrekwmy4u

General News


An outstanding scientist, one of the leaders in world soil science, Doctor of Geography, Professor Victor Targulian passed away on April 1, 2023, after a long struggle with a deadly disease, at the age of 88. Victor was one of the most famous researchers in the world, who worked a lot and fruitfully in the field of the general theory of soil science. The recognition of this was the awarding of Prof. Targulian by the first Dokuchaev Award of the IUSS in 2006. He participated to 9 World Congresses of soil science. He was the Chair of Commission V in the ISSS and then the Chair of Commission 1.3 in the IUSS. He also became Honorary member of the IUSS in 2010. V. Targulian was both one of the leaders among pedologists and at the same time an ‘ambassador’, enriching the world science by ‘diamonds’ of Dokuchaev soil science school and enriching national science by up-to-date world experience.

The bright memory of him will forever remain in our hearts! 


Sergey V. Goryachkin

Dokuchaev SSS, Vice-President

Dr. Sci. (Geography)

Head, Department of Soil Geography & Evolution Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences

Conferences, Meetings and Workshops



Global Conference on Sandy Soils

June 4th - 8th, 2023

Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Deadline for Abstract submission: March 15, 2023

Deadline for registration: April 15, 2023

Read More: https://sandysoils.org/

Download: media/flyer_sandy_soils2023.pdf  

X ISHS International Symposium on Soil and Substrate Disinfestation in Almería (Spain)

June 6 and 8, 2023

The latest proposals to fumigate the soil and substrates, to control pathogens and nematodes without breaking the balance of the soil.

Consult the symposium program in section PROGRAM at the symposium website, available at https://eur04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ishs.org%2Fsymposium%2F547&data=05%7C01%7Cmariagrazia.piazza%40crea.gov.it%7C66fbec5c32284f9ae61208db5b66639e%7Cd59c04b9bde247f7b1b80be26a568618%7C0%7C0%7C638204267528433471%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=82IOLWdcRv9YAt31lLvQ%2BkC9plIHD%2BjSeJuV4nAhRDs%3D&reserved=0  


The 5th WASWAC World Conference

June 19th - 23rd, 2023

Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic  

The WASWAC will be held  under the auspices of the IUSS. In relation to intensive agricultural and forestry activity, climate change and other influences, soil and water in the landscape are under increasing pressure and ecosystem services are disrupted. It is therefore necessary to seek and implement measures which will mitigate the negative impact on the components of the environment, especially on soil and water, and will lead to sustainable agricultural and forestry production while also ensuring non-productive functions, in accordance with a number of international and national documents, e.g., the EU Soil Strategy until 2030.    

The second announcement: https://waswac.upol.cz, and http://www.waswac.org.cn/waswac/rootfiles/2023/02/20/1676141367471377-1676141367512918.pdf

The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts  has been extended to March 15:  https://waswac.upol.cz  


Soil and Water Health

July 4 th - 6 th, 2023

Imola, Italy

Read More: https://www.geolab-aps.it/events/  


4th Global Soil Security Conference (GSS2023) - Global Soil Security: Beyond the Soil

June 26th - 29th, 2023

Seoul, Korea

Deadline for registration: June 16, 2023

First Announcement: https://old.iuss.org/media/gss_2023_1st_announcement_0928.pdf

Read More: https://www.gss2023.org  


Workshop Archaeological Soil Micromorphology 2023

June 27th - 30th, 2023

Utrecht, NL

Contact Hans Huisman for further details and application:

Read more: media/workshops_archaeological_soil_micromorphology_2023.pdf  


28th IUGG General Assembly

July 11th – 20th, 2023

Berlin, Germany


Registration and abstract submission is now open: https://www.iugg2023berlin.org/registration-guidelines/

Read More: https://www.iugg2023berlin.org/  


The Eleventh Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP)

July 12th to 14th, 2023 

Italy, Rome (hybrid modality)


Three days that will shape the soil agenda and will be critical to protect soil resources for future generations. This year, for all GSP partners will be invited to participate the participant they will be into a unique event: a Soil Partners’ Day an excellent opportunity to share their efforts, expertise, experiences and innovative ideas related to the conservation, restoration, and protection of soils and its sustainable management.

Working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish

All official documents related to the agenda items will be published on the GSP website by 12 June 2023. Further information, you can contact the .

Read more: https://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GSP/eleventh_PA/GSPPA_XI_2023_1_Agenda_final.pdf  


XXIII Latin-American Congress of Soil Sciences (XXIII CLACS)

July 30th- August 4th, 2023

Florianópolis, Brasil


Read More: www.slcs.org.mx Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clacs.cbcs2021  


Wageningen Soil Conference 2023 (WSC 2023) – working together on solutions for a sustainable world

August 28th to September 1st, 2023

Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research and ISRIC invite you to the fifth edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference. The conference has an interactive character with conference sessions as well as workshops on divergent soil-related topics. The focus of the conference will be on working together on solutions for a sustainable world. The 4 conference days are divided into different topics. Wageningen Soil Conference 2023


Regular registration closes: July 3, 2023

Read more: Wageningen Soil Conference 2023

First announcement: https://old.iuss.org/media/wsc2023_first_circular.pdf  


SUITMA 12 Conference

September 4th-7th, 2023

Santiago de Compostela, Spain


The 12th edition of the SUITMA conference celebrates 25 years of the creation of the working group.

Soils are at the center of global concerns including food security, climate change and biodiversity, and they are essential to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, anthropic activities have altered the properties and functionality of many soils, especially during the last century, to a point that anthropogenic soils have deserved specific approaches for their study. The SUITMA12 conference will address all aspects of research on classification, properties, functioning and sustainable management of anthropogenic soils.

Read more: https://www.suitma12.com/  


31st Congress of the Soil Science Society of Poland - "Soil in a changing World"

September 11th - 16th, 2023

Poznań, Poland - Format: in-person

Registration: https://soilcongress2023.up.poznan.pl/en/registration-form Read more: https://soilcongress2023.up.poznan.pl/en  


III SICA-SISS-SIPe Congress 2023

September 12th to 15th, 2023

Palermo, Italy


The Soil, the Plant, the Environment "Synergies in the Soil-Plant System for Environmental Protection and Food Safety."

The multifunctional centrality of soil in global environmental sustainability is now widely recognized: without the fundamental interaction between soil and plants we would not have food, water, ecosystems, biodiversity.


Early Bird Registration: June 10, 2023

Late Registration: July 22, 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: June 10, 2023

Read more:  Home SPA 2023  


10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2023)

September 14th, 2023

Hybrid: Singapore; Basel, CH; Toronto, CA, & virtual, International


The forum is dedicated to cutting-edge mono- and interdisciplinary research on Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals. WSF2023 is part of a series of MDPI-supported and organizational sustainability global forums.


Early Bird Registration: July 30, 2023

Late Registration: August 21, 2023

Registration deadline: September 3, 2023

Cover author registration: July 23, 2023

Read more: The 10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2023)  


XIV International symposium and field workshop on paleopedology

October 7th to 15th, 2023

Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, USA. (Hybrid modality)


The XIV International symposium and field workshop on paleopedology is regular in-person meeting and field workshop for the international paleosol community. This is a joint event of IUSS Commissions 1.6 Paleopedology, Commission 1.2 Soil Geography, and INQUA Paleopedology Working Group and New Mexico State University as a host institution. Contributions concerning any problems of soil development in time and space are accepted.


Abstract submission: May 14th to August 15th, 2023


To register for the meeting and field workshop fill in the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlzOZhb5ka24ZSWHWe-6b3ggfMDlO4SBxnANKbcokw7Am4NA/viewform?usp=sf_link  


The International Scientific Conference II NIKITIN’S READINGS

«Current Issues of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Ecology in Natural and Anthropogenic Landscapes» Perm, Russia

November 4-17, 2023.

The conference is devoted to Vasily Vasilyevich Nikitin, the first professor of Soil Science in the Urals and the Head of the Soil Science Department (1924-1932); 100th anniversary of the first Soil Science Department in the Urals; 140th anniversary of Soil Science.


The registration deadline has been extended until May 31, 2023.

The registration link can be found on the official event’s page: https://pgatu.ru/science/conferences/issues_soil_science_agrochem_eco/



5th International Conference on

Sustainable natural resource management under global climate change

November 7th to 10th, 2023

At NASC Complex, New Delhi, Inda



The conference aims at bringing together academicians, researchers, students, and other different stake holders from within India and abroad in the attempt to deliberate on different aspects of the subject of conservation and optimal utilization of natural resources.

It would be an opportunity to once again join hands and organize the scientific event in collaborative mode with support of International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC), Beijing, International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), and other international and national organizations; more than 350 participants throughout the world are expected to attend the conference and deliberate.

Submission papers: 15th April 2023

Intimation of acceptance of abstracts: 15th September 2023

Last date for registration (without late fees): 1st October 2023

Information contained in the circular and all updates are available at the website of SCSI http://scsi.org.in  


Organic phosphorus workshop 2023 (opw 2023)

November 27th to December 1st, 2023

Pucón, Chile


“Exploring organic phosphorus fate in soil and aquatic ecosystems under the climate change and food security scenario” is the fourth iteration of the organic phosphorus workshop series.

The focus the workshop concern long-term inputs of phosphorus have resulted in the accumulation of significant quantities of legacy phosphorus in agricultural soils by mineral fertilizers which in turn has contributed to increased diffuse phosphorus transfer and accelerated eutrophication of many water bodies. Biological processes play a vital role in determining the mobility and bioavailability of phosphorus in soils and sediments.


Deadline for abstract submission: June 30, 2023

Abstract acceptance: July 15

Notification of authors: August 31

Final announcement: before October 31.


Read more:  OPW 2023 | Organic Phosphorus Workshop 2023 (opwinchile2023.cl)  


British Society of Soil Science Annual Conference

December 4th to 5th, 2023.



Event with the Soil Science Society of Ireland.

The @Soil_Science and @SSSI_soils Joint Annual Conference will take place on 4 – 5 December

in Belfast. The theme is Soil Management and Monitoring, and it will be a great opportunity

to see the latest research and developments within soil science.

Deadline submission abstract:  2nd May 2023.



Read more: British Society of Soil Science - 2023 Annual Conference; BSSS 2023 Early Careers' Conference - British Society of Soil Science  


British Society of Soil Science Early Careers’ Conference 

December 6th to 7th, 2023.


The conference will take place immediately after the BSSS Annual Conference and will be free of charge for BSSS Early Career members. A wide range of Early Career members from academia, industry, and policy will come together for a variety of themed sessions, including talks, posters, and workshops. The conference theme is Soil Management and Monitoring.

Read More: British Society of Soil Science - 2023 Early Careers' Conference  



December 11th to 15th 2023

San Francisco, CA & online Everywhere


Theme: Wide open Science.

Abstract submission:  June 7, 2023

Abstract submissions close: August 2, 2023

Meeting registration open:  August 2, 2023

Authors are notified of the acceptance: October 2023

The official online scientific program is released: October 2023

Read more:  AGU Fall Meeting 2023



Centennial Celebration and Congress of the IUSS 100 years of soil science - past achievements and future challenges

May 19th to 21st , 2024

Florence, Italy


The custodian of soil science will celebrate its centennial contribute to the nature and human wellbeing in 2024. The event will also empower the linkages with different disciplines, policy makers, stakeholders, institutions, and associations to effectively address civil society needs within agriculture, forestry, environment, urban planning, energy, education, and other societal issues.

The celebration will occur on May 19th and will be followed by two intense days of congress, with plenary and parallel scientific sessions. Both soil scientists and specialists from other disciplines will participate to each session, focusing on past achievements and future challenges.

The congress will be followed by technical/scientific excursions that will range from short local to long trips, spanning from Alps to Sicily.

A pre-congress visit to Villa Lubin in Rome, the historical place where the IUSS was founded, is scheduled on May 18th.



Download: media/iuss_2024_brochure.pdf  


ISMOM 2024 - 9th International Symposium of Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms

October 10th to 14th, 2024

Tsukuba, Japan

Read more: http://web.agr.ehime-u.ac.jp/~soil/ISMOM2024.html


XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024

IUFRO Stockholm 2024 (iufro2024.com) in Stockholm, Sweden

23-29 June 2024: FORESTS AND SOCIETY TOWARDS 2050.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 2 June 2023:

Call for Congress Abstracts | IUFRO Stockholm 2024 (iufro2024.com)  

New publications

Dryland Agriculture & Watershed Management

By Kawaljeet Kaur, Subhash Chand Dheer Pratap, Akash Bhargaw, ISBN: 9789395700085_2023

The basic objective of the book is to clear doubts about dryland and dry farming agriculture. The book gives a summarised knowledge about his two history, development and various practices to control soil erosion and drought. The whole handy book is divided into 9 chapters. Authors hope that book will be extremely important for agronomists, soil scientist, crop scientist, post-graduate, graduate students of agriculture and allied subjects and it is also for colleges, universities, institutions/libraries.

Read more: https://www.satishserial.com/book/9789395700085/dryland-agriculture-watershed-management  


Illustrated Handbook of WRB Soil Classification

By Marcin Świtoniak, Cezary Kabala, et al., December 2022, Publisher: Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences Publishing, ISBN: 078-83-7717-386-2

The "Illustrated Handbook of WRB Soil Classification" presents on 300 pages a set of several hundred photographs showing the features, properties, soil horizons, as well as examples of interpretation of soil profiles the World Reference Base for Soil Resources (2022). 100 examples from all Reference Soil Groups found in all climatic zones of our planet are presented.  Each soil photo is accompanied by a thumbnail showing the depth of occurrence of individual features determining the classification position of the soil, both the RSG and the use of main qualifiers. Therefore, the handbook is a complementary resource to WRB 2022, additional tool containing a database of photographic examples for wide use by people involved in soil classification.

Read more: doi 10.30825/1.26.2022

Freely available as .pdf file on ResearchGate: 


Improvement of spatial prediction of soil depth via earth observation

By Pimenta Barbosa de Sousa G., Tayebi M., et al., Catena Vol. 223, 106915, Science Direct.com by Elsevier, April 2023

The focus of this work was to predict the spatial distribution of soil depth using spatial techniques (remote sensing, RS) and machine learning in three different locations in Brazil.

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2023.106915  


World Reference Base for Soil Resources—Its fourth edition and its history

Peter Schad, J. Plant Nutr. Soil Sci. 2023; 186:151–163; published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.

The World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) is an international soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps. On 1 August 2022, at the World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, the fourth edition was published (IUSS Working Group WRB, 2022).

Read more: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jpln.202200417  

Digital soil mapping of Italy to map derived soil profiles with neural networks

By Maria FantappièGiovanni L'AbateCalogero SchillaciEdoardo A.C. Costantini,   Geoderma Regional, Volume 32, March 2023, e00619

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geodrs.2023.e00619  


Monitoring the concentrations of Cd, Cu, Pb, Ni, Cr, Zn, Mn and Fe in cultivated Haplic Luvisol soils using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy and chemometrics

By S. KrzebietkeM. Daszykowski et al. Published by Elsevier B.V.; Talanta 251 (2023) 123749

Research by the University of Katowice opens up new perspectives in the field of soil analysis. Through spectroscopy, the researchers were able to determine the presence and concentration of key elements in the soil.

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2022.123749



Scale-specific controls of soil water storage along a transect in a semiarid catchment 

By Xuezhang Li, Xianli Xu, Ming'an Shao, Kelin Wang, Elsevier,  European Journal of Agronomy, Volume 145, April 2023, 126759 

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2023.126759 



Water use pattern and transpiration of Mongolian pine plantations in relation to stand age on northern Loess Plateau of China 

By Yanwu Pei, Laiming Huang, Ming′an Shao, Yinglong Zhang, Yanhui Pan  

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Volume 330, 1 March 2023, 109320 

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2023.109320 

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Solution chemistry mechanisms of exogenous silicon influencing the speciation and bioavailability of cadmium in alkaline paddy soil 

By Lei Guo, Aiting Chen, Cai Li, Yaojing Wang, Dan Yang, Na He, Mingda Liu  Journal of Hazardous Materials Volume 438, 15 September 2022, 129526, Elsevier  

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129526   


Optimization of irrigation and N fertilization management profoundly increases soil N retention potential in a greenhouse tomato production agroecosystem of Northeast China 

By Hanqing Wu, Liyuan Zhang, Jindong Lv , Yuling Zhang , Yulong Zhang, Na Yu, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Volume 340, 1 December 2022, 108185 

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2022.108185   


Loss of microbial diversity weakens specific soil functions, but increases soil ecosystem stability 

By Xueling Yang, Jie Cheng, Ashley E. Franks, Xiaowei Huang, Qi Yang, Zhongyi Cheng, Yuanhui Liu, Bin Ma, Jianming Xu, Yan He, Elsevier, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Volume 177, February 2023, 108916 

Read more: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108916   


New volume of Soil Sequences Atlas (vol. 5)

The significant spatial variability of soil cover results from the diverse impacts of different soil-forming factors. This book presents pedovariability in the form of a collection of soil sequences typical of particular landscape types. The fifth part of the Soil Sequences Atlas contains description of 73 pedons grouped into 15 chapters each representing a different environmental setting specific to very diverse regions from five continents – North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The Atlas begins by presenting a pedo-landscapes from Americas – from Mexico to Peru. Next comes a group of chapters devoted to The Mediterranean Region – Spain, Italy, Slovenia and Tunisia. The next two chapters concern the soils of Central Europe – Hungary and Poland. At the end there are examples of steppe (Russian chernozems), semi-arid (Iran) and subtropical soils of Southeast Asia (Thailand). Out of 32 reference groups, as many as 17 are represented in the fifth part of atlas Soil Sequences Atlas.  The collected data is intended as a useful educational tool in teaching soil science, and in supporting an understanding of the reasons behind the variability of soil cover, and also as a WRB classification guideline.

Free PDF version can be downloaded here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/367334985_Soil_Sequences_Atlas_V  

Advances in sensor technology for sustainable crop production

Edited by Dr Craig Lobsey, University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Professor Asim Biswas, University of Guelph, Canada. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, 21 February 2023, Hardback ISBN-13: 9781786769770

With the agricultural sector facing mounting pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, greater emphasis has been placed on improving existing components and practices, such as soil health and biodiversity, which have since emerged as key components to achieving regenerative agriculture. Sensors provide the opportunity to measure crop and soil health at unparalleled scales and resolution. Key developments in sensor technology will help improve our current understanding and optimisation of the complex agricultural systems that make up our global ecosystem.

Advances in sensor technology for sustainable crop production provides a comprehensive review of the wealth of research on key developments in sensor technology to improve monitoring and management of crop health, soil health, weeds and diseases. This collection also reviews advances in proximal and remote sensing techniques to monitor soil health, such as spectroscopy and radiometrics, as well as how sensor technology can be optimised for more targeted irrigation, site-specific nutrient and weed management.

Read more: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing | Agricultural Science in Print and Online (bdspublishing.com)  

Restoring land and soil health to ensure sustainable and resilient agriculture in the Near East and North Africa region – State of Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture thematic paper.

By Zdruli, P. and Zucca, C. 2023. Cairo, Egypt, FAO. 80 p., ISBN 978-92-5-136677-6

The report is part of a series of background papers prepared within the context of the development of the Near East and North Africa Region of the State of Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) in the Near East and North Africa Region. The paper reflects on the status of soil degradation and fertility loss, the drivers that put pressure on soils and land in the region, the responses to address the pressing issues leveraging existing technical knowledge, as well as tools for assessment and monitoring.

Read more: https://doi.org/10.4060/cc1137en


Impact of Global Climate Change on Agriculture

by Subhash Chand, Satish Serial Publishing House, 2023. Hardcover ISBN: 9789394023185

Read more: https://www.satishserial.com/book/9789394023185/impact-of-global-climate-change-on-agriculture




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