Update: 19.11.2018

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 132IUSS Bulletin 132 (June 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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21st World Congress of Soil Science in Rio – Photos and proceedings

Photos from this major soil science event that was held 12-17 August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are available on the Congress website.

The organisers are sharing the images taken at the Convention Center to remind the participants of the great time during the event and to give others insights into what happened during this wonderful week of soil science.
The Programme of the congress can be downloaded as pdf document from the WCSS website. The Proceedings of the 21st WCSS with the abstracts of the 2,256 papers, presented orally or as poster will be available for download on the 21st WCSS homepage soon.
Read more: http://www.21wcss.org/

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New book of IUSS published

As fourth book of the IUSS book series of the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) the new book “Soil and Sustainable Development Goals” was presented at the 21st World Congress of Soil Sciences, 12-17 August, in Rio de Janeiro.

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Margaret Oliver Award for Early-Career Pedometricians Call for Nominations, 2019 award

The Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) makes a biennial award, which is intended to recognize up-and-coming talent in pedometrics. The award is named for Margaret Oliver, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to >>Read more


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