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December 8, 2016   •   News

The 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM2017), run jointly with the British Society of Soil Science, will be held from 3–7 September 2017 in Harpenden, UK.

The title of the symposium 2017 is “Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM” and focuses on the following topics:
• SOM and Soil Security
• Modelling SOM: from soil pore to climate change
• Methods 1: Visualising SOM
• Methods 2: Quantifying pools and fluxes of SOM
• Soil Health 1: Biological Interactions
• Soil Health 2: The Role of Decomposition
• SOM as Natural Capital

SOM2017 presents a great opportunity for international scientists to meet and exchange ideas and knowledge and novel technological approaches in this globally important field of research.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their attendance:

Prof Charles W. Rice (Kansas State University, USA)
Prof Ingrid Kögel-Knaber (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Prof Richard Evershed (University of Bristol, UK)
Prof Francesca Cotrufo (Colorado State University, USA)
Prof Edward Gregorich (Agriculture and Agrifood Canada)
Prof David Hopkins (Royal Agricultural University, UK)
Prof Rattan Lal (The Ohio State University, USA)

A highlight of this year’s meeting is the venue: the Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, United Kingdom is the oldest agricultural research station in the world, home to the Long-term and Classical Experiments and Archive, and with a world-renowned legacy of excellence in soil science and SOM research.

For registration and abstract submission information, organisation and activities, visit www.som2017.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Conventus: +49 3641 31 16-347 or [email protected].


November 30, 2016   •   News

The third annual Global Research Alliance – World Farmers Organisation Farmer Study Tour is underway in New Zealand this week (28 November – 4 December 2016). This joint activity supports the Partnership between the two organisations and was initiated to better connect the policy, science and farming sectors, and allow for the exchange of ideas and experiences to increase the skills needed to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions on farm.

The Participants from Brussels, Italy, France, Argentina, Switzerland, Uruguay, Germany, and Japan are selected based on their standing within farming communities in their home country and ability to take up and share new ideas and technologies.

This year’s Tour began with a Forum, opened by the Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries New Zealand, discussions at the forum centred on climate change challenges for farmers and the skills, technologies and practices available or required.  The participants will then travel to the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre and Massey University in Palmerston North before visiting a dairy farm and sheep and beef farms in the lower North Island.

Related: http://wfo-oma.com/news/new-zealand-welcomed-farmers-representatives-to-the-3rd-annual-gra-wfo-farmers-study-tour.html


November 21, 2016   •   News

In a recent study by Wageningen University & Research Centre, management interventions to increase the supply of organic carbon were tested with a linear programming model called NutMatch.  NutMatch was applied to crop rotations with different mixtures of organic cattle slurry, pig slurry or compost, or with a mineral fertiliser. The study found that rotational crop residues, cattle slurry and compost each substantially contributed to soil organic carbon accumulation (range 200-450 kg C ha-1 yr-1); contributions of pig slurry and cover crops were small (20-50 kg C ha-1 yr-1). In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, it appears that the trade-offs between carbon inputs and emissions of greenhouse gases (notably N2O) or other pollutants (NO3, NH3) can be substantial.

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