Upcoming Congress and Activities-II

School of Soil Biodiversity and Bioindication XII cycle


16-18 June, 2020 Online event

Registration deadline: 5 June 2020

1st announcement: https://www.iuss.org/media/1st_announc_remote_last.pdf

Download: https://www.iuss.org/media/registration_form_sissbiobioschool2020.docx


IX National Symposium on Control of Soil Degradation and Recovery

30 Sept. 2020 to 2 Oct. 2020, Elche, Spain

Deadline for abstract submission: 29 February 2020

Website: https://condegres.es


VI International Soil Classification Congress in 2020 in Mexico – new dates

11 - 20 8-16 October 2020, Mexico

Congress website: http://iscc2020.org/


GSS 2020 – 4th Global Soil Security 2020 Conference - "Global Soil Security: Beyond the Soil to Human Health."

12- 15 Oct 2020, Seoul, Korea

Website: http://www.globalsoilsecurity2020.org/


International Conference Contaminated Sites 2020

October 26-28, 2020, Trnava, Slovak Republic

Conference website: http://contaminated-sites2020.sazp.sk/


New publications

Soil Analysis: Recent Trends and Applications

Edited by Rakshit, A., Ghosh, S., Chakraborty, S., Philip, V., Datta, A. 1st ed. published by Springer 2020, 338 p. 104 illus., 80 illus. in color,

ISBN 978-981-15-2039-6, price hardcover 159.99 € | £139.99 | $199.99; eBook: 128.39 € | £111.50 | $149.00.

Soil analysis is critically important in the management of soil-based production systems. In the absence of efficient methods of soil analysis

our understanding of soil is pure guesswork. Ideally the pro-active use of laboratory analysis leads to more sustainable soil productivity.

Unfortunately, most of the world’s agriculture is still reactionary, waiting for obvious yield declines to occur before taking action to identify the reasons.

This book provides a synopsis of the analytical procedures used for soil analysis, discussing the common physical, chemical and biological analytical

methods used in agriculture and horticulture. Written by experienced experts from institutions and laboratories around the globe, it provides insights

for a range of users, including those with limited laboratory facilities, and helps students, teachers, soil scientists and laboratory technicians increase

their knowledge and skills and select appropriate methods for soil analysis.

Read more: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811520389


Climate Change and Agriculture

Edited by Dr. Delphine Deryng. Published 28 April 2020 by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. 404 pages, ISBN-13: 9781786763204,

price hardback £150.00. Also available as eBook (VitalSource).

It has been suggested that agriculture may account for up to 24% of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) contributing to climate change.

At the same time climate change is threatening to disrupt agricultural production. This collection reviews key research addressing this challenge.

Climate change is the biggest challenge agriculture faces. Part 1 of this collection reviews current research on the impacts of climate change on

agriculture, such as the effects of increased temperatures, as well as the ways these impacts can be modelled. Part 2 assesses what we know

about the contribution of agriculture to climate change, including the impacts of both crop and livestock production as well as land use.

Part 3 surveys mitigation strategies to achieve a more ‘climate-smart’ agriculture such as the role of integrated crop-livestock and agroforestry systems.

Read more: https://shop.bdspublishing.com/store/bds/detail/workgroup/3-190-84056


The Role of Agriculture in Climate Change Mitigation

By Lucjan Pawlowski, Zygmunt Litwińczuk, Guomo Zhou. 1st Edition published by CRC Press on 28 May 2020, 136 Pages, 20 B/W Illustrations,

ISBN 9780367433727, price hardback GBP 74.39, eBook VitalSource 6 Month Rental GBP 46.50.

According to IPCC reports, one of the greatest threats to the Earth ecosystems is climate change caused by the anthropogenic emissions of

greenhouse gases, mostly carbon dioxide, mainly from the combustion of fossil fuels, cement production and land-use change which leads to

an excessive temperature rise. Agriculture and forestry are responsible for quiet big emissions of greenhouse gases: CO2, CH4 and N2O,

and have significant potential to reduce these emissions mainly through enhancement of CO2 absorption by terrestrial ecosystems.

To evaluate the impact of agriculture on climate change, ruminant farming should be also taken into account.

The methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through appropriate management of terrestrial ecosystems and animal husbandry

are widely discussed in this book, which will be of interest to academics, professionals and policy makers in environmental sciences.

Read more: https://www.routledge.com/The-Role-of-Agriculture-in-Climate-Change-Mitigation/Pawlowski-Litwinczuk-Zhou/p/book/9780367433727


Soil and Fertilizers - Managing the Environmental Footprint

By Rattan Lal. 1st Edition published by CRC Press on 27 May 2020, 358 Pages , 10 Color & 96 B/W Illustrations, ISBN 9781138600072,

price hardback GBP 124.00, , eBook VitalSource 6 Month Rental GBP 21.00.

This tome presents strategies to improve soil health by reducing the rate of fertilizer input while maintaining high agronomic yields.

It is estimated that fertilizer use supported nearly half of global births in 2008. In a context of potential food insecurity exacerbated by

population growth and climate change, the importance of fertilizers in sustaining the agronomic production is clear. However,

excessive use of chemical fertilizers poses serious risks both to the environment and to human health.

Highlighting a tenfold increase in global fertilizer consumption between 2002 and 2016, the book explains the effects on the quality of soil,

water, air and biota from overuse of chemical fertilizers. Written by an interdisciplinary author team, this book presents methods for enhancing

the efficiency of fertilizer use and outlines agricultural practices that can reduce the environmental footprint.

Read more: https://www.routledge.com/Soil-and-Fertilizers-Managing-the-Environmental-Footprint/Lal/p/book/9781138600072?utm_source=crcpress.com&utm_medium=referral


KEYSOM Handbook on Methods "Soil Fauna: Key to soil organic matter dynamics and modelling"

Edited by Juan J. Jiménez and Juliane Filser, Feb. 2020.

The KEYSOM handbook of methods as a deliverable of COST Action ES1406 is finally published. This manual will help to interested readers

the different techniques that were used in the Action to address the role of soil organic matter and soil fauna.

Read more: http://www.keysom.eu/files/resource/document/30/Handbook_%20COST%20Action%20ES1406%20Soil%20fauna%202020.pdf