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New and traditional soil amendments – not so new after all?

New and traditional soil amendments – not so new after all?

Caroline Spann
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

As of increasing demands for 4F (food, feed, fiber and fuel production) from agricultural sites there are many researches being done on soil amendments to increase yields, to remediate degraded or even contaminated soils to make them more profitable again. Tuesday morning a session was dedicated to “new and traditional soil amendments” which mainly focused on research on biochar application. This post is supposed to give you a slight insight on some of the studies presented. [Read More]

Go ask a statistician!

Go ask a statistician!

Caroline Spann
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Austria Center Vienna during EGU General Assembly 2016, by Kai Boggild.

Austria Center Vienna during EGU General Assembly 2016, by Kai Boggild.

During the EGU2016 Assembly, the chair of the statistics advisory panel of European Journal of Soil Science offered a short course on common statistical problems in soil science papers called “Secrets from the statistics panel: common statistical problems in soil science papers”.

Motivation to start such a short course was to diminish statistical problems occuring in submitted papers, because Editors and Statistical Advisory Panel of the journal often find the same statistical problems in papers. Similar problems can be seen in papers submitted in all soil science journals. [Read More]

The long, long travel from rock to soil (I)

 

There is hardly a subject in all nature, of which the majority of people has so unclear terms and which has hitherto been so completely misunderstood, as the soil on which they walk.

F.A. Fallou

Soil is often considered as the skin of the Earth and is located at the interface between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Air, water, rock and living beings interact to form soil, which, in turn, is the physical and nutritional support for living organisms in emerged areas. Currently, we define soil is an open system that temporarily stores the necessary resources for living organisms. The availability of these resources (water, energy, mineral nutrients, etc.) depends on the intensity and speed of exchange processes between soil and the rest of compartments of ecological systems.

Soil in the interface, by Antonio Jordán. Distributed by Imaggeo.


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Science results: special issues derived from EGU-Soil System Science sessions

Sunny day at EGU2014, by Antonio Jordán. Distributed by Imaggeo.

The impact of the oral, poster and PICO presentations of the Soil System Sciences Division of the EGU is greater and greater. Because of the relevance of research results, conveners and contributors often decide to promote the publication of journal special issues. This list is a compilation (probably not complete) of some of these special issues published in scientific journals, with links to the original sources. I’m sure some may be missing, so if you have information, you can send it to me or leave it in the comments.

Thanks to all SSS officers, who have kindly contributed to this list.