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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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Winners of the IUSS-FAO-GSP Children’s Book Contest on Soil Biodiversity

In the framework of World Soil Day 2020 IUSS, FAO and GSP are pleased to announce the winners of the Children’s Book Contest on Soil Biodiversity:

‘The science & spectacle of Soil Life by Roly Poly’, created by JiaJia Hamner (freelance, United States) and Sharada Keats (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, United Kingdom)1st place: The science & spectacle of Soil Life by Roly Poly’, created by JiaJia Hamner (freelance, United States) and Sharada Keats (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, United Kingdom).


‘Soil biodiversity. What's most important?’ by Katelyn Lutes and Benjamin Ellert (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada)2nd place: Soil biodiversity. What's most important?’ by Katelyn Lutes and Benjamin Ellert (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada).


‘The home of life. I am a living soil’, by Claudio Lucas Capeche, Julia Franco Stuchi, Milena Pessoa Pagliacci, Fabrício de Martino, Alexandre Abrantes Cotta de Mello, Antonio Augusto Bianchi, Maya Stuchi Tedjini, Kelita Carlos Andrade (Embrapa Solos, Brazil)3rd place: The home of life. I am a living soil’, by Claudio Lucas Capeche, Julia Franco Stuchi, Milena Pessoa Pagliacci, Fabrício de Martino, Alexandre Abrantes Cotta de Mello, Antonio Augusto Bianchi, Maya Stuchi Tedjini, Kelita Carlos Andrade (Embrapa Solos, Brazil).


All the first ten classified and awarded books as well as the mentions of honour can be found at http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/bookcontest/contest-results/en/

IUSS, FAO and GSP received over 100 books from 60 countries for the contest. Launched in the run-up to WSD2020, the book contest on soil biodiversity gave visibility to the importance of soil organisms and raised awareness on the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists and a big thank you to all participants!



Celebrating World Soil Day 2020, the educative Project ‘THE IUSS GOES TO SCHOOL’

* offers a virtual space to all children around the world inviting them to take care of the soils of their nations: www.iuss-goes-to-school.org.mx #TheSoilIsLife,

* presents the children from Poland with the Book Chrońmy gleby, the Polish version of the Book “Living in the Soil”, which was created in collaboration with soil science societies from Spain and Poland: https://www.secs.com.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ChrońmyGleby-Polish-2020.pdf #GlebaToŻycie,

* offers the Book Vermicomposting for schoolchildren to all children speaking Spanish. #TheSoilIsLife,

English: http://edafoeduca.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Vermicomposting-Kids-IUSS-SECS-UPV.pdf

Spanish: http://edafoeduca.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Vermicompostaje-Escolares-IUSS-SECS-UPV.pdf

* gives to all children speaking English and Spanish the Book ’Soil Erosion’. #TheSoilIsLife,

English: http://edafoeduca.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Erosion-Kids-IUSS-SECS-UPV_IUSS-GOES-TO-THE-SCHOOL.pdf

Spanish: http://edafoeduca.es/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Erosion-Escolares-IUSS-SECS-UPV_LA-IUSS-VA-A-LA-ESCUELA.pdf

* gives all children speaking English and Spanish the Book ’Perfilito, a very lucky boy’. #TheSoilIsLife,

English: http://www.iuss-goes-to-school.org.mx/wp-content/uploads/i_upload/PERFILITO%20a%20very%20lucky%20Boy.pdf

Spanish: http://www.iuss-goes-to-school.org.mx/wp-content/uploads/i_upload/PERFILITO%20un%20chico%20con%20mucha%20suerte.pdf