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Mineral content of soils key to physical and chemical behavior

Presenters to cover latest research in soil mineralogy

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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, Please RSVP by October 10, 2017.

Oct. 6, 2017— Many aspects of the physical and chemical behavior of soils are directly related to the minerals present. “This includes shrink-swell behavior, soil structure, availability of nutrients, and the fate of contaminants that enter the soil,” according to Judith Turk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The “Soil Mineralogy” symposium at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL, will explore several current topics. The symposium will be held Monday, October 23, 2017, 1:30 PM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. Turk is the organizer of the symposium.

Clay Robinson, University of Illinois, will review research done on Texas soils. He studied a clay soil typical in the Texas Panhandle, where infrequent, but rapid, rainfall events occur. These soils tend to crack and form crusts. Results show the absorption of water in dried Texas soils during rapid rain events may not be as much as expected. To view more about this talk, visit

Growers often fertilize their fields with mined phosphorus. However, reserves of phosphorus are being depleted. Jibing Xiong, China University of Mining and Technology, will discuss extracting phosphorus from dolomite phosphate rock from central Florida.

For more information about the 2017 meeting, visit Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 10, 2017 is required. Visit for registration information. For information about the “Soil Mineralogy” symposium, visit  

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, to arrange an interview. 

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

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