In a handful of fertile soil, there are more individual organisms than the total number of human beings that have ever existed.
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Internat. Decade of Soils
At the conference ‘Celebration of International Year of Soils 2015 – Achievements and Future Challenges’ IUSS President Rainer Horn proclaimed the International Decade of Soils 2015-2024!
Task Force: Soil Matters – Solutions under foot
This collection of papers seeks to illustrate the diversity of the soils and soil functions and shows the importance of soils for all aspects of our lives.
IYS 2015 & World Soil Day
2015 in IYS IUSS Divisions and Commissions illustrated their main topics through articles written by officers or their colleagues.
09., 10., 11. November 2016
SOMmic - Microbial Contribution and Impact on Soil Organic Matter, Structure and Genesis
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Contents and aims:
There is increasing evidence that microbial bio- and necromass are significant parts of SOM, interacting with soil minerals. The control of SOM forming processes via microbial activity and community dynamics in dependence on biodiversity and functional redundancy is largely unknown. Omics technologies and chemical analysis of complex mixtures, multi-isotope approaches and imaging techniques offer new research opportunities. Also latest modelling approaches, e.g. in systems ecology and environmental thermodynamics, open up new vistas to study the outlined topic. We invite presentations on recent findings, methodological challenges, and innovative concepts to the workshop and expect inspiring discussion.
Workshop structure and invited speaker
From Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1 pm until Friday, Nov. 11, 12 am, we will have five sessions and five keynote speakers:
• Significant boundary conditions, micro-habitats and micro-habitat properties, processes of succession, and systems fluctuations – what can we learn from the marine microbial pump concept?
• Who are the relevant actors and drivers and in which micro-habitats or „hot spots“ do they appear?
• Molecular processes and components interacting with SOM and soil minerals – turnover steady state or residual `inert´ material?
• What is the contribution of methods and modelling approaches from systems biology/ecology to understanding SOM in the soil system?
• Modelling approaches for the integration of process components.
Teri Balser, Curtin University, Perth; Markus Kleber, Oregon State University; Joshua P. Schimel, Univ. of Santa Barbara; Mary Firestone, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Claire Chenu, Centre AgroParisTech, Paris/Grignon
Deadline for abstract submission: 31st August
Check information at www.bodenkunde.uni-trier.de (Klick on the button Workshop SOMmic)
10., 11., 12., 13. November 2016
International Conference on “Integrated Land Use Planning for Smart Agriculture”