Soil Science Society of South Africa
(Grondkunde Vereniging van Suid-Afrika)
Welcome to the website of the Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA)!
We are a group of dedicated soil scientists based in South Africa. The primary purpose of the Society is to foster and promote the study of the soil in all its facets.
SSSSA Beauty of African Soils Competition Winners 2015
International Year of Soils Celebration at the Combined Congress 2015
Thank you to everyone that participated in our SSSSA Beauty of African Soils Photography Competition. We received 53 photo entries in total. Photos that met the calendar resolution requirements were evaluated namelessly by a panel of 9 judges consisting of unattached SSSSA council members and a graphic designer. The top 12 photos will now appear in the special SSSSA 60th Anniversary 2015 Calendar and will be for sale for R50 at the Combined Congress 2015 in George. The calendars have been kindly sponsored by SASSO. All of the photos entered into the competition will be on display at the Combined Congress 2015.
Here is a snapshot of the top 12 photos that will appear in the calendar:
Congratulations to the top 3 entries that will also receive monetary prizes:
- First Prize (R1000) - Johan Tol - Eroded soils in the Ntabelanga Valley, Eastern Cape. (2nd row, 2nd photo)
- Second Place (R500) - Ailsa Hardie - A striking podzol in a pine plantation near to Elgin, Western Cape. (2nd row, 4th photo).
- Third Place (R250) - Freddie Ellis - Llamellae in sand near Redinghuys, Western Cape. (1st row, 4th photo)
If you have not yet placed an order for a calendar please do so online (ORDER FORM) before 6 December 2014. Calendars can only be paid for in cash and collected at the Combined Congress 2015 in George (Jan 19-22, 2015). If you cannot attend the congress, ask a friend to get you a copy.
The third Global Soil Week will take place from 19 - 23 April 2015 in Berlin. Opportunity closing date: Sunday, September 28, 2014. Read more...
This International Symposium will be a joint meeting of Commission 2.5 of the International Union of Soil Science, the Canadian Society of Soil Science and the Association québécoise de specialists en sciences du sol. For more information please read the flyer and visit the website http://ismom2015.conference.mcgill.ca/index0f50.html
The May 2014 newsletter is now available online. Read more...
View photo's from the 2014 Combined Congress in Grahamstown
The 2014 International Congress of Phytoremediation of polluted soils will take place in Vigo (Spain) from 29-30 July, 2014. The theme of the congress is “Current Research and Main Aspects of Usual Pollutants. The abstract submission deadline is February 28, 2014. For more information please read the brochure .
The November 2013 newsletter is now available online. Read more...
Winners of the SSSSA at The 33rd International Science Fair - Eskom Expo for Young Scientists (28-30 Sept 2013)
- SENIOR - Pieter Brand (Paul Roos Gymnasium, Grade 9): "The effect of different types of fertilizer applications on the growth patterns of oats". Pieter was subsequently also Invited to the International Science Fair Interviews.
- JUNIOR - Helga Claasen (Laerskool Pietersburg, Grade 6): "Fertilizer or manure"
The 2014 Combined Congress will take place from 20 to 23 January 2014 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. The theme of the congress is “Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Production Together”; aiming to bridge gaps between academia, industry and government. The abstract submission deadline is 31 October 2013. For more information please read the brochure and visit the Combined Congress website http://www.combinedcongress.org.za/mainpage.htm.
20th World Congress of Soil Science (Jeju, South Korea – 8-13 June 2014)
The theme of the 20th World Congress of Soil Science is Soils Embrace Life and Universe. The congress, which is held once every four years, will take place on Jeju Island (Currently considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world) in South Korea in June 2014. The call for abstracts is now open. The dealine for abstract submission is 31 October 2013. For more information visit the congress website http://www.20wcss.org/
New peer-reviewed SOIL SURVEY JOURNAL hosted by University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, calls for submission of manuscripts:
The Soil Survey Journal is addressing the interests of soil scientists working in the field of soil survey and mapping. It should also be of interest to a broader community of environmental scientists requiring specific soil information. This initiative was proposed by a group of South African soil scientists and supported by many leading soil scientists world-wide to broaden publication of and access to soil information. However, it’s only the authors that can make this work.
Soil Survey Journal is an on-line open access publication hosted by Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Publication is free of charge and the operation of the journal is supported by volunteer effort of editors and referees. Currently we expect to publish at least two issues per year. The sections will span from Field Notes (short communications), Views and Reviews (Theoretical , position and discussion papers) to articles (Concise experimental work) and Reports (non-peer-reviewed section targeting publication of existing soil survey reports at any level of detail).
To get acquainted with the journal policies, editorial team, submission requirements and procedures, please visit the journal homepage http://sosj.journals.ac.za/pub
Dr. Andrei Rozanov (Department of Soil Science, Stellenbosch University), editor: Soil Survey Journal
In order to generate income for the Society and to cut costs, any advertising on the web site will be welcomed. This could take the form of advertising vacant soil science posts, bursaries, etc as well as the advertising of products and/or services connected to soil science. Any companies who would like to sponsor part or all of the web page are also welcome.
The SASSO Field Book focuses on the application of soil data to classify soils, using soil morphological criteria useful for land suitability and predicting land function in the ecosystem. It avoids a focus on soil genesis, soil formation concepts and geochemistry, which emphasise past conditions, instead of on the soil itself. The text of the Field Book is intended to provide user-friendly guidelines for soil scientists and other interested land-users. It was not intended that the text should replace the technical standard of Soil Classification: A taxonomic system for South Africa, thus the focus of the Field Book is directed towards the field indicators used to classify soils.
The book will be available as hard copy (R100) and e-book (R50) on the 11th of March.
It can be bought from www.sasso.co.za or at the SASSO workshops advertised on the website.
THE SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY of EOLIAN SANDS in WESTERN FREE STATE AND ADJACENT AREAS NORTH OF THE VAAL RIVER (SOUTH AFRICA)
by Prof. H.J. von M. Harmse and A.M. Hattingh (Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, University of the North-West, Potchefstroom, South Africa). (Read summary)
Contact for booklet orders (R150): Anita du Preez Tel: 018 299 1573
Fax: 018 2991544.
Email Astrid Hattingh for more info: email@example.com
plant materials for environmental, ecological, geological and agricultural investigations.