The British Society of Soil Science has a large amount of Members who reside outside the UK and so we have provided a forum space here for them to share ideas, exchange views and comment as they wish.
As you may know, unfortunately the Society Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for 3 September was unable to take place due to the lack of members either in attendance at the meeting or who had submitted their proxy in advance.
The AGM is essential for conducting formal business of the Society. Without it, we are unable to elect BSSS representatives, or carry out essential business such as approving our accounts and appointing auditors.
The rescheduled AGM will take place on Thursday 8 October from 1:00 – 1:30pm.
Biochar has been discussed as a greenhouse gas removal option and could hold benefits and risks in soil use. As a BSSS early careers member and MSc student at the University of Edinburgh, I would appreciate your time completing this anonymous survey about biochar's potential impact in the UK:
Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a £50 voucher!
Closing: 27 July
Zoom into Soil: Erosion will take place on Wednesday 2 September from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.
‘Zoom into Soil: Erosion’, will feature Professor Jane Rickson and farmer John Chinn who will discuss erosion from both an academic and practical perspective, setting out the challenges which erosion poses, proposed solutions and the long-term implications of erosion if left unchecked.
In her presentation, Professor Rickson will describe the main processes of soil erosion and the different types of erosion operating in the UK. She will present the evidence on the rates of soil loss and whether these are sustainable, especially in the light of extreme weather events and climate change. She will set to quantify the impacts of soil erosion in monetary terms, as this justifies the costs of soil conservation (soil erosion control) policy and practices.
Farmer John Chinn, will outline his first-hand experience with gulley erosion, the impact this had on his crop, the relationship with his customers and the Environment Agency as a result. John will set out how he has worked with Cranfield University to secure his farms from the long-term challenges associated with erosion, whilst maximising crop yields and accruing some thoughts on the meaning of soil health.
To book a place at the seminar visit Go To Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8973969123043000590
‘Zoom into Soil’: A new online webinar series
A new lunchtime online webinar series, ‘Zoom into Soil’ is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in soil, the natural environment, agriculture and food production, to hear from respected technical and academic experts.
‘Nutrient Efficiency’ will take place on Wednesday 22 July from 12:00 – 1:00pm and is free of charge to attend.
Speakers, Richard Reeves and Martin Blackwell, will provide an overview of their experience from both practical and academic viewpoints.
Organised by the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS), delegates attending 'Nutrient Efficiency’ will hear from first generation farmer Richard Reeves and Dr Martin Blackwell, a senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research.
Richard Reeves’ 'from the farm' perspective, will set out the importance and role of managing soil nutrients, placing particular emphasis on recycled nutrients such as sludgecake and green waste and the significant impact the ways this waste is treated prior to application, can have. Richard will discuss the Met Office records that he has been keeping over many decades, the patterns emerging, and how these are impacting soils and the application of nutrients.
Martin Blackwell’s presentation, Caught between a rock and a hard place: how can we use phosphorus fertilisers more efficiently? will discuss the finite rock phosphate resources and the risk which the threat of this dwindling resource brings: protecting future food production. Martin will discuss the fundamental changes which need to be made to the way phosphorous fertilisers are sourced to maintain food supplies for a growing global population.
The hour-long session, which will also provide the opportunity for delegates to ask questions, will be available on the BSSS Youtube page after the event.
To book a place at the first seminar visit Go To Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8466368584565601551.
BSSS will host future webinars on 2 September and 7 October, with further monthly dates and registration details to be announced.
Richard Reeves is a first generation farmer. Since 1981, he has farmed 800 acres of land in Cheshire, using a wide combination of crops on a range of different tenancies. Prior to this, in the 1970s, Richard was involved in farm management with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and worked closely with the Duke of Westminster. Richard obtained a BSc(Hons) in Agriculture from Leeds University, and in the last 15 years, he has kept a close affiliation with Lancaster University, hosting students visits to his farm. He has also been a visiting speaker for environmental science students, talking on a range of topics, including UK farming practices. Richard is a former Chairman of the National Farmers' Union's (NFU) North West Crops board, and was a spokeman on organic resources.
Dr Martin Blackwell is a Senior Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research, UK. He is a soil biogeochemist with over 25 years’ experience of studying both phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) cycling. Recent work has focussed on P use efficiency and P cycling in arable and grassland systems, the role of organic P in plant nutrition, and the development of better P fertiliser application rate recommendations.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020: 12:30 - 1:15pm
The IES and British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) have joined together to bring you the second episode in a series of webinars exploring the topic of sustainable soil remediation.
Traditionally, soil remediation is achieved by excavation and removal for off-site disposal. Often referred to as ‘dig and dump’, the very use of the phrase indicates that it’s a wasteful methodology.
Whilst, the use of dig and dump appeared to slow through the 2000s due to increasing charges brought about by the landfill tax escalator, its use has been enabled and even promoted in recent years through the operation of soil treatment sites and reclamation facilities.
In this presentation, TRC examine this process to explore the wider environmental impacts of this type of methodology i.e. air emissions, carbon impact, fuel consumption, traffic generation etc. And as environmental practitioners striving for more sustainable remediation options, we examine possible alternatives.
We are contacting you as part of a NERC-BBSRC funded research project being carried out by researchers at Cranfield, Lancaster, and Nottingham Universities to identify the extent to which soil science currently contributes towards several industries, including water management, waste management, agriculture, ecosystem services and natural resources.
This Congress has been rescheduled from Oct 2020
On behalf of the ESSC (European Society for Soil Conservation), the EURECYS (European Ecocycles Society) and the Organizing Committee, we are pleased to invite you to attend the 1st International Joint Congress on “Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes in the contest of the European Green Deal”.
The objective of the congress is to shed new light on critical issues concerning the exploitation of ecosystem services, conservation of cultural heritage and to assess new perspectives to the future development of the cultural landscapes in the context of the European Green Deal.
The Congress is open to scientists, students, educators, managers, policy and decision-makers. It will consist of invited lectures, scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations, and a scientific and cultural excursion.
Further information on the Congress (registration, logistics, accommodation), will be distributed soon.
We are looking forward to meeting you in Sicily !
Giuseppe Lo Papa
President of the
President of the
Paddling in the bath of a crimson horizon, a naked hedgerow is cleansed with the last drops of winter sunlight. In a while, the dusk will drape a robe of mist over the branches and the sunset will be a memory, held by a robin as it gazes on a red winter berry. Across a ploughed field in the far distance, a smudge appears. That smudge is me.
Learn from Bernie Powell CPSS and Dennis Baker, two of Australia’s most experienced soil professionals.
This one-day intensive course is an introduction to soils, their uses, formation, components, structure and texture.
The course features basic soil chemistry theory/practice using relevant case studies, problem solving and a hands-on field session.
A Statement of Attendance will be provided upon successful course completion.
New members and non-members are welcome to attend.
• Soils & landscapes
• Soil chemistry
• Dispersive, sodic & saline soils
• Contamination issues
• Field tests & soil texturing
• Describing soils
• Specific content on local soils
• Soil pit practical session
- Members $260
- Non-members $350
- Students $120
WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CROP SCIENCES CONGRESS
A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
On behalf of the International Crop Science Society, you are invited to participate in the 8th International Crop Science Congress (ICSC) that will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada from June 21 - 25, 2020. This congress will address basic and applied aspects of plant and crop sciences as they relate to strategies to develop unique, sustainable, agricultural systems having the capacity to support animal and human health, on a global scale, while being mindful of our custodial responsibilities towards the well-being of our planet Earth.
The scientific program will incorporate a combination of research presentations, poster sessions, position papers, discussion forums addressing strategic planning, and workshops. In addition, there will be field trips to various prairie-related agricultural systems. ICSC Goals: Enhancement of international collaborative networks with capacities, through research and technology transfer, to develop future cropping systems adapted to specific environmental and geographical challenges that improve global food security.
ICSC 2020 OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
- Integrate and apply knowledge from crop science to relevant global problems
- Present and discuss crop science research developments and implications
- Develop recommendations for future thrusts in research, development, and technology transfer
- Evaluate future scientific and educational needs and directions of crop-based agriculture
- Initiate and nurture international scientific and educational partnerships
Saskatchewan is home to more than 40% of Canada’s cultivated farmland – some of the most productive land in the world. Saskatchewan’s diverse agriculture and agri-food sector has an international reputation for high-quality food and ingredients. The province is Canada’s largest agri-food products exporter. Projections show that food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population.
We are working to strengthen Saskatchewan's agricultural leadership with new science, technology and policies to help feed a hungry world adequately, safely and sustainably.
SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT
Abstract submissions are all on-line, through the abstract portal (ABSTRACT PORTAL)
- Submissions open: October 1, 2019
- Submissions to be considered for oral presentations close: February 28, 2020
- Submissions for poster presentations close: May 15, 2020