Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)
It is our pleasure to invite you to the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter in 2017 at Rothamsted Research, which is run jointly with the British Society of Soil Science.
Rothamsted is the oldest agricultural research station in the world. Therefore, as well as the major themes that apply to all areas of SOM science, the theme of this 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 theoretical and applied study of SOM has never been more important. In 2016 it became likely that the mean monthly atmospheric CO2 concentration will not return to below 400 ppm for the indefinite future. The recent focus on the role of Soil Health to help bridge the Yield Gap has confirmed the important role of SOM as Natural Capital. Therefore, optimizing SOM management offers the potential to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and increase food production and quality.
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; we dedicate this symposium to his memory.
Prof Jennifer Dungait
on behalf of the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter
Organising Committee and Scientific Committee