Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)
Chair: Liz Baggs (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Soils are dynamic in space and time with extremely high heterogeneity of biological activity. This poses challenges in understanding the nature of interactions, for example between plants, microbes and soil organic matter, that influence process rates, and the characteristics and role of hotspots of activity and hotmoment events. This session welcomes contributions related to the ‘what, where and when’ of activity; the occurrence, importance, formation and characterisation of hotspots and hotmoments, including their microbial, biochemical or physical properties, spatial distribution, the role of plants and microbial activity in their development, their influence on soil process rates and priming of SOM, techniques for their quantification, characterisation and visualisation, and their inclusion in modelling approaches.