11 Dec 2017

The 'World Soils and their Assessment' course (28 May - 1 June 2018) is now open for registration. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources), and management. The course will include lectures and hands-on exercises; it will make use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum. Additional information is provided here


11 Dec 2017

On 17 and 18 November 2017 a successful kick-off meeting was organized by INRA in Paris. CIRCASA stands for Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture and is funded by the EU H2020 programme (Societal Challenge 2). CIRCASA has 23 partner organizations from all continents. The overarching goal of CIRCASA is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge exchange in the field of carbon sequestration in agricultural soils at European Union and global levels with active engagement of all relevant stakeholders.

04 Dec 2017

This year’s World Soil Day is devoted to the topical research needs for soil and land use. ISRIC director Rik van den Bosch will attend the SOPHIE side event at INSPIRATION in Brussels (Dec. 6, 2017). During this side event participants will discuss the way forward concerning access to reliable soil hydrophysical data with a view to reach commitment on harmonisation, standardisation and innovation. The ultimate objective is to set up international collaboration on soil hydrophysical data.

23 Oct 2017

The council of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) has accepted ISRIC as Alliance Partner. The GRA brings governments, research institutions and other organisations together to find ways to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions.

10 Oct 2017

Have you ever wondered what soil tastes like? The World Soil Museum, hosted by the international soil institute ISRIC World Soil Information, has a collection of 1,200 soil profiles. Stephan Mantel, the museum's curator, sat down with artist Masha Ru to ‘taste’ a tropical soil from ISRIC's collection. ‘I had stomach ache for a week after,’ he says, laughing. Soil is clearly not to Mantel's taste. ‘It's not that it’s disgusting, but it's not tasty, either.’

11 Sep 2017

Open Soil Science technology is helping us discover the mysteries under our feet. A group of researchers working on Open Soil Science data and technology met recently at ISRIC in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss current and future developments in citizen soil science.

08 Sep 2017

ISRIC is attending the thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Ordos , Inner Mongolia, China.

04 Sep 2017


Do you know a SOIL Champion?

Nominations for the 2017 Glinka World Soil Prize now open!

30 Aug 2017

Launch:  ISRIC hosts Soil Data Facility for the Global Soil Partnership

Join the event LIVE online, at 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm CET (30 August 2017).

Livestream url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pquZt0dY7vY


29 Aug 2017

Soil carbon losses could be nearly equal to total emissions from deforestation. The study led by Dr. Jonathan Sanderman of the Woods Hole Research Center and Dr. Tom Hengl of ISRIC published in PNAS shows that agricultural land uses in the past 12,000 years of human land use could have resulted in the loss of 133 Pg C from the soil.