Update: 08.12.2017

Soil stores 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

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IUSS Bulletins

IUSS Bulletin 130IUSS Bulletin 130 (June 2017)

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Internat. Decade of Soils

As one of the outreach activities during the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) the IUSS has launched a book series.
These books are not only addressed to soil scientists, but also to academic students of other sciences. These books shall shed light on important soil issues related to other disciplines and global challenges.
The newest book is titled Soils within cities – Global approaches to their sustainable management
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Announcement for the 21st World Congress of Soil Science Rio 2018

21st World Congress of Soil Science Rio 2018

Congress website: https://www.21wcss.org/
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Viewpoints and fact sheets

In the Newsroom of this website Prof. Rattan Lal, President of the International Union of Soil Sciences regularly provides viewpoints on soil issues mainly addressed to soil science community. In addition the IUSS has started to provide fact sheets on soil in relation to issues of high importance for society. The fact sheets are written by well-known experts and are addressed not only to scientists, but also to decision makers and opinion leaders.
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New WRB homepage

The World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) Working Group belongs to IUSS Division 1 (Soils in Space and Time), Commission 1.4. (Soil Classification). The WRB is an international soil classification system for naming soils and creating legends for soil maps. The >>Read more


Upcoming Meetings

  • 15. December 2017

    The 13th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS): “Soil Quality for Food Security and Healthy Life”

    Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

    Abstract submission deadline: 20 October 2017
    Website: http://www.esafs2017.com
    Flyer: http://www.iuss.org/files/leaflet_of_esafs_2017_02.pdf


  • 25., 26. January 2018

    ICSSPN 2018 - 20th International Conference on Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

    Paris, France

    Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission Deadline July 14, 2017