6th International Symposium
on Soil Organic Matter

Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)

6th International Symposium
on Soil Organic Matter

Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)

Congress details

Preliminary programme

Registration and Welcome Reception

Opening and Welcome: Prof. Jennifer Dungait (Conference Chair)
Welcome to Rothamsted: Prof. Achim Dobermann (Director of Rothamsted Research)

SESSION 1: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Plenary:Chuck Rice (Kansas State University, US)   
SOM and soil security
Invited speakers:

Abad Chabbi (National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), FR)
Progress towards 4 per 1000

Bridget Emmett (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), UK)
Creating a national-scale SOM inventory

Pan Genxing (Nanjing Agricultural University, CN)
Soil environmental protection in China

Michael Schmidt (University of Zurich, CH)
SOM in space and time

SESSION 2: MODELLING SOM: FROM SOIL PORE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Plenary:
Francesca Cotrufo (Colorado State University, US)
Toward a new modelling paradigm: From turnover-defined to physically-defined soil organic matter pools

2a: Soil self-organisation
Chair: John Crawford (Rothamsted Research, UK)

2b: Next generation SOM models
Chair: Rolf Sommer (International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), KE)

2c: C sequestration and climate change
Chair: Pete Smith (University of Aberdeen, UK)


WORKSHOP 1

SESSION 3: METHODS 1: VISUALISING SOM

Plenary:
Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (Technical University of Munich (TUM), DE)
The soil matrix: Visualizing and quantifying microscale associations of organic and mineral components

3a: Visualising SOM at the soil pore scale
Chair: Wilfred Otten (Cranfield University, UK)

3b: Spatial variability of SOM concentration, composition, and persistence
Chair: Asmeret Asefaw Berhe (University of California (UC)-Merced, US)

3c: Mapping and monitoring of soil organic matter
Chair: Keith Shepherd (World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF, KE)


SESSION 4: METHODS 2: QUANTIFYING POOLS AND FLUXES OF SOM

Plenary:

Richard Evershed (University of Bristol, UK)
Nearly two decades of stable isotope probing: So where are we now in using the technique to investigate SOM cycling?

4a: Mass spectrometry – The key to the soil organic matter ‘Black Box’
Chair: Ian Bull (NERC Life Sciences Stable Isotope Facility, UK)

4b: What is humified organic matter?
Chair: Maria de Nobili (University of Udine, IT)

4c: Organic nutrients?
Chairs: Mark Farrell (SIRO, AU) and Martin Blackwell (Rothamsted Research, UK)

SESSION 5: SOIL HEALTH 1: BIOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS

Plenary:

Henry Janzen (Agriculture and Agri-Food, CA)
Soil organic matter: Catalyst of soil health

5a: Ecosystem engineers
Chair: Jackie Stroud (Rothamsted Research, UK)

5b: Hot moments, hotspots and hotspheres
Chair: Liz Baggs (University of Edinburgh, UK)

5c: Biology of deep soils: The final frontier?
Chair: Abad Chabbi (National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), FR)

SESSION 6: SOIL HEALTH 2: THE ROLE OF DECOMPOSITION

Plenary:David Hopkins (Royal Agricultural University, UK)
Managing decomposition

6a: SOM decomposition: links between carbon and nutrient cycling
Chair: Iain Hartley (University of Exeter, UK)

6b: Managing soil organic matter decomposition and stabilization for carbon sequestration and improved soil health
Chairs: Mirjam Pulleman (Wageningen University, NL/ International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CO)
              Ranjan Bhattacharya (Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), IN)

6c: SOM in rice paddy systems
Chair: Pan Genxing (University of Nanjing, CN)

SESSION 7: SOM AS NATURAL CAPITAL

Plenary: Rattan Lal (The Ohio State University, US)
SOM in the Anthropocene

Session 7a: National and international SOM policy
CHAIR: Fanqiao Meng (Chinese Agricultural University, CN)

Session 7b: Management effects on SOM and ecosystem services
CHAIR: Cornelia Rumpel (National Center forScientific Research, FR)

Session 7c: Incorporating SOM into farming system evaluation
CHAIR: Taro Takahashi (University of Bristol, UK)

BSSS OPEN WORKSHOP                Managing SOM in agriculture

Close of Conference: Prof Jennifer Dungait (Conference Chair)
Closing remarks:Prof David Powlson: Tribute to Prof David Jenkinson
Prize giving:Prof Jennifer Dungait/ Prof Wilfred Otten (President of BSSS)