A handful of soil can contain billions of soil microorganisms.

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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.


On this page Prof. Rattan Lal, Past President of the International Union of Soil Sciences, regularly provides viewpoints on soil issues.

Viewpoints from 2017 and 2018 recorded by Prof. Rattan Lal can be watched at the IUSS YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3cdAuO5QrPx0EtDPahQcg

Comments are welcome and shall be addressed to iuss@umweltbundesamt.at