Update: 19.03.2019

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 133IUSS Bulletin 133 (December 2018)

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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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Video related to World Soil Day
on December 5

The Soil Science Society of Mexico would like to share a short video in Spanish accompanied by the request to celebrate World Soil Day on December 5. The IUSS supports this message and kindly asks you to provide reports including high resolution photos from your events celebrating the World Soil Day for sharing on the IUSS website and for publication in the IUSS Bulletin.

Read more: https://youtu.be/nRBCg_xvcVk

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.

>>Read more


2019 Japan Prize Winner is Pioneer in No-Till Agriculture and Soil Carbon Sequestration

The Japan Prize is awarded annually to scientists and engineers from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science >>Read more


Upcoming Meetings

  • 26., 27., 28. March 2019

    Intersoil 2019 - International Conference on Soil, Sediments and Water

    Lille, France

    Polluted soil and brownfields: Risks and opportunities for a new economy
    Call for papers open until October 18, 2018
    Website: https://www.intersol.fr/


  • 28., 29. March 2019

    6th European Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly & Soils4EU Workshop

    FAO HQ, Rome, Italy

    Closing date for registration: 25 March 2019

    Website: http://www.fao.org/global-soil-partnership/resources/events/detail/en/c/1170359/