CIAT at the World Congress of Soil Science (Brisbane, Australia, 1-6 August 2010)
The 19th World Congress of Soil Science adressed SOIL SOLUTIONS FOR A CHANGING WORLD . While most general conferences did address global change and the importance of soils in their mitigation, a large number of symposia considered the different functions of soils, their classification and global mapping. The late topic covered two symposia showing the great interest of the soil science community for the implementation of digital soil maps that covered the whole terrestrial lands. Soil Ecosystem services, their modeling, measurement and relationships to biodiversity were treated in a much attended symposium convened by Patrick Lavelle (TSBF LAC, IRD/CIAT). Results of the AMAZ program showing close links of soil ecosystem services in ecosystems of the Amazonian arc of deforestation with socioeconomic environments, landscapes and biodiversity were presented. The Quesungual system investigated by CIAT in Centro America was also presented as a way to sustain production while improving the state of agroecosystems in centro America.