Update: 25.04.2017

It can take more than 1000 years to form a centimeter of topsoil.

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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.

Divisions & Commissions for IYS

For the International Year of Soils the IUSS Commissions decided to increasingly raise soil awareness.
Each month one special soil topic will be presented by a different commission.
Each commission will provide knowledge on a special soil topic to inform the public about the importance and diversity of soil.
Additionally each commission will introduce itself and the particular soil topics it is working on.
The soil message intends to present key messages on soil to inform the public. This message will be also available on the main page of this website.

Information will be about

  • WHO – Presentation of the responsible IUSS Commission (500 characters max)
  • WHAT – Description of activity, idea, topic or event (max 1,500 characters)
  • WHEN & WHERE – When and where will the activity or event take place, when & where should the idea be implemented (max 300 characters)
  • SOIL MESSAGE – During the IYS a soil message will be presented.

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Contributions

Division 2, Soil Biology Commission

Division 2, Soil Biology Commission - Division 3, Paddy Soil Working Group

Division 3, Soil Use and Management

Division 3, Soil Use and Management, and Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMA) Working Group

Division 3, Soil Use and Management and Commission 3.3, Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

Commission 3.3, Soil fertility and plant nutrition

Commission 1.3, Soil Genesis

Commisssion 2.5, Soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions

Division 4, The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment

Commission 4.1, Soils and the Environment

Commission 4.2 - Soils, Food Security and Human Health

Commission 4.3 – Soils and Land Use Change key processes

Commission 4.3 - Soils and Land Use Changes Soil Compaction

Commission 4.4 - Soil Education and Public Awareness

Commission 4.4 - Activities in Brazil

Commission 4.5 - History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science part1

Commission 4.5 - History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science part2

Commission 4.5 - History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science part3

Commission 4.5 - History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science part4