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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 - 27 (July 2007)

Information for and from the global soil science community

Soil implications of global environmental change
- Proposal for a new IUSS Working Group -

This is a call by Dan Yaalon to the soil science community to establish a Working Group on the Pedological Implications of  Environmental Change caused by Global Warming and Human Activities on Soils and Landscapes, with special reference to countries in the tropics and coastal regions which are apparently most threatened by these changes. The objective and mission of the proposed Working Group would be not only to monitor and model the effect on soils accompanying the environmental change but especially to devise best ways of soil system adaptation to these human effects, to cooperate with and to advise various international and regional organizations on these matters concerning soils and pedological aspects. Soil people need to be heard. The Chair of IUSS Commission 1, Ahmet Mermut, has agreed to prepare an appropriate document and program for presenting the proposal to the IUSS Council for official approval. Actual proposals for relevant activity and participation in the Working Group should contact at

Travel Awards for 2008 Kirkham Conference

The topic for the 2008 Kirkham Conference is Soil Physics - Research on the Frontiers of Earth's Life Support Systems, being held on February 24-26, 2008 at the University of California, Davis USA. We seek applications from graduate and postdoctoral students to participate and present a poster of their research at the 2008 Kirkham Conference.  In addition to contact details and degree sought or post-doctoral position presently held, applications must include (1) a  brief synopsis of professional and personal achievements and career goals; (2) title, objectives, methods and results and interpretation of proposed poster presentation, and  (3) letters of recommendation from applicant's major professor or advisor and from another person selected by the applicant. The deadline for receiving all application materials including letters of recommendation and support is September 1, 2007. Applications and letters should be emailed as a single complete document to Additional details are available here:

EUROSOIL 2008 - Vienna, 25-29 August 2008
Call for papers

The call for papers for the EUROSOIL Congress is open. Detailed information about abstract submission can be obtained from the EUROSOIL 2008 Website:   You can submit abstracts for 30 symposia that are listed on the Website, together with the instructions for submission. The deadline for abstract submission in 31 January 2008, which also is the deadline for early registration.

Agricultural Sustainability: Principles, Processes, and Prospects

Agricultural Sustainability: Principles, Processes, and Prospects by Saroja Raman, PhD, provides a comprehensive examination of all facets of agricultural sustainability, beginning with the history of the evolution of the concept to the present. Challenges to sustainability are clearly presented along with practical strategies to counter prospective problems. This vital resource considers options for the future, as well as reviewing past approaches for their value in today's world. The book is extensively referenced and includes figures and charts to clearly explain data.

Publication Date: 2006

Publisher: The Haworth Press, Inc.

US Dollars $69.95 soft cover.  ISBN-13: 978-1-56022-311-5.

US Dollars $89.95 hard cover.  ISBN-13: 978-1-56022-310-8.

474 pp. with index.  Includes an Instructor's Manual (available for faculty only).

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