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Five tonnes of animal life can live in one hectare of soil.

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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 Bulletin 134IUSS Bulletin 134 (June 2019)

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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 Soil and Sustainable Development Goals
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IUSS representation at EGU General Assembly 2019

At EGU 2019 taking place in Vienna, 7 to 12 April 2017, IUSS will share a booth with ESAFS (East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies), ECSSS (European Confederation of Soil Science Societies), BGS (Soil Science Society of Switzerland) and DBG (German Soil Science Society). IUSS will present its Divisions and their most recent activities.

Read more: https://www.iuss.org/meetings-events/iuss-representation-at-egu-general-assembly-2019/

Recommended Publication

New book of IUSS published

The most recent book in the IUSS book series of the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) Global Soil Proverbs. Cultural Language of the Soil was published in the CATENA series GeoEcology Essays.
The book features an impressive number of proverbs compiled in 32 chapters from 29 different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, sharing insights about philosophy, culture, and life in each country.

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Presentation of the 35th Japan Prize to Rattan Lal

The prestigeous 35th Japan Prize in the category Biological Production, Ecology was presented to Rattan Lal, IUSS Past President 2019-2020on April 8 in the presence of the Emperor and the Empress of Japan.

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists >>Read more

Upcoming Meetings

International summer school "Monitoring, modeling and management of urban green infrastructure and soils"
Sunday, 21. July 2019 to Sunday, 11. August 2019