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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.

IUSS Alert - 26 (June 2007)

Information for and from the global soil science community

Nominations for IUSS officers by 30th June 2007

If you would like to become an IUSS officer for the period 2010-2014 you need to be nominated first and then elected. The elections will be held later this year but nominations for all officers need to be received by the Secretary General before the end of June 2007. Nominations can be done by (i) a current division or commission officer, (ii) your own national soil science society, but (iii) you can also nominate yourself. All nominations need to include a 300 words short bio (and an URL to your homepage if you have one) and please send them to Stephen Nortcliff at iuss@reading.ac.uk

New IUSS Bulletin 110 now on-line

IUSS Bulletin 110 is now online. It contains a detailed report on the 18th World Congress of Soil Science, information on the next congress, minutes from IUSS meetings, IUSS Divisional reports and an extended report on activities in different countries of the UN Proclaimed International Year of Planet Earth. Furthermore, the 'Five Questions to a Soil Scientist', the favourite soil science books of colleagues in Egypt, S. Korea and Canada, and reports of meetings and reviews of recent soil science books and publications. Click here for the PDF or go to www.iuss.org (Bulletins) and browse through the Bulletin contents. Also on the web (under NEWSLETTERS) the newsletter of Commission 1.1 Soil Morphology and Micromorphology Newsletter. It is published twice per year with  news, announcements, awards, upcoming meetings, and reports concerning soil morphology or micromorphology.

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Current online holdings: Pages: 850 264 Books: 1 849, Journals: 6 (288 Volumes). More info here

Global soil maps and reports on-line

ISRIC - World Soil Information has built up a collection of more than 20 000 reports, books and maps, as well as digital databases on soil and land resources. The ISRIC - World Soil Information Database include: on-line access to over 3500 soil maps; over 110 full-text reports (PDF); country-specific searches based on Google maps; and a pull-down menu with soil science links.  Click here for further information.


Soil science jobs in Australia

Soil Scientist - Pedometrics

CSIRO LogoWe are seeking an outstanding young scientist with a primary interest in developing new methods of rapid soil measurement that are essential to provide basic information on soil condition and trend. The research may pursue several lines of enquiry, ranging from basic soil spectroscopy through to error propagation and implementation in digital soil mapping for land planning and management. The individual must have a working knowledge of contemporary pedometrics, a good understanding of Australian soils and landscapes, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research that provides clear benefit to Australia. More info here

Geochemist Postdoctoral Scientist

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist with a growing record of research achievement in geochemistry to join the CSIRO Land and Water group in Townsville. The person appointed will play a key role in helping improve understanding of the geochemistry of groundwater systems, and the impact on the transport and fate of solutes (nutrients, agrochemicals & salts) via groundwater systems to downstream ecosystems and receiving waters (including the marine environment). More info here

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