Update: 08.12.2017

A handful of soil can contain billions of soil microorganisms.

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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.

International Summer School

An International Summer School FSGC that was held to Campobasso (South of Italy) from 10 to September 22, 2007. The summer school was financed by Italian University Minister (MUR) and it involves five universities partners: Molise, Torino, Palermo, Cordoba and Santiago de Compostela. The summer school had a objective to illustrate new knowledge in the topic of forest soil and the forest resources, addressed to young researchers toward thematic more close to the territory and soil science research. To the summer school participate 19 students of which 13 coming from and 6 from the foreign countries and also 16 national and international experts. Particularly the background of teachers were form soil science, soil biology, forest ecosystems, remote sensing, atmospheric processes. Other expert that participate in the project come from Florence University, National University in Moscow, University in Naples, University in Padua, Purdue University of USA, University of Tuscia, IREA-CNR Milano, IBAF-CNR Porano, WSL Birsmensdorf, Society Italian of Pedology (SIPe) and Italian Soil Science (SISS). Many studies of the soil science are excessively limited often by a sectorial approach that can be reduce their impact, in the summer school an interdisciplinary approach proposes an advanced methodologies on soil science. Some lecture in the summer school considered a forest soil as an essential factor for the protection of the global equilibrium of the biosphere for the production of biomass, for the regulation of cycle environmental components (for instance the underground waters, etc.) as substratum of the most greater part of the biological activities understood ivi the human activities, and also as container of information.


Prof. Claudio Massimo Colombo
Dipartimento di Scienze Animali, Vegetali e dell’Ambiente
Via De Sanctis s/n 86100 Campobasso Italy
phone: +39 0874 404654
fax: +39 0874 404678
mobile phone: 3471776231
e-mail: colombo@unimol.it