6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter

Agrotechnomarket.com - 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.

Note that the Croplands Research Group’s 2017 meeting will be held alongside this event, and the Integrated Research Group is also planning an event at this time.

This year, the symposium takes a theme “Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM”. And the theme of this International Symposium particularly focusses on the management of agricultural soils to deliver environmentally and economically sustainable supplies of sufficient, nutritious food for all, in the context of global population increase, climate change and unequal resource distribution. 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. Rothamsted is the home of the world-famous Long Term and Classical Experiments established by Sir John Lawes and Sir Henry Gilbert more than 170 years ago. The pioneering work of Prof David Jenkinson on the mathematical modelling of SOM transformations exploited this unique resource, and led to the development of the globally-renowned RothC model; This symposioum dedicates to his memory.

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 som@conventus.de.