A handful of soil can contain billions of soil microorganisms.
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Heavier machinery and inappropriate soil management have led to an increase in soil compaction prompting increased global concern regarding the impact of soil compaction on crop production and soil quality in mechanized agriculture. Soil compaction affects crop yields through alteration of soil physical, chemical and biological properties. Worldwide, problems from compacted soil affect an estimated 68 million hectares from farm machinery traffic alone. Research showed that approximately 80% of soil compaction from wheel traffic occurs on the first pass of a tire.
From October to December 2015 IUSS Division 4 (The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment) will illustrate its main topics through articles written by Division 4 officers or their colleagues. These will each be highlighted every week.
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20th World Congress of Soil Science, Soils Embrace Life & Universe
June 8th to 13th, 2014 – Jeju Island, South Korea
IYS 2015 & World Soil Day
14. February 2016
Symposium: Global Soil Biodiversity: A Common Ground for Sustainability
The International Year of Soils 2015 is coming to an end and it has been an amazing year of soil-related events. With the release of the first Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas planned for early in the new year, the global Soil Biodiversity Initiative proposes to make 2016 the Year of the Atlas! The GSBI will be hosting a launch event in Washington DC on Feb 14, 2016, in combination with a symposium Global Soil Biodiversity: A Common Ground for Sustainability
26. February 2016
TEA BAG INDEX (TBI) WORKSHOP
The Tea Bag Index is a standardised method to measure organic matter decomposition rates in soil. It can be used as reference material in scientific decomposition experiments and for citizen science.
More details of which can be found by following the links below:
info Teabag Index Decolab
Info Teabag Index
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