Sunday 6 October 2019

1400-1600 Exhibitor Bump In | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
1500-1900 Registration | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide

Welcome Reception | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide

Welcome to the 2019 SOM Symposium! This is the first social opportunity to catch up with your colleagues and sponsors and exhibitors of the Meeting.  The welcome reception also provides a great opportunity to meet delegates who are attending the symposium for the first time.

Entertainment: Brad Lee is one Adelaide’s finest guitarists and vocalists. He has a wealth of experience playing around Australia and is a full time professional musician. 

Monday 7 October 2019

0730 – 1800 Registration | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
Opening Plenary | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Mark Farrell, Mary Garrard & Manjula Premaratne
0820-0830 Welcome & Symposium Opening | Symposium Chair Dr Mark Farrell
0830-0835 Welcome to Country
Uncle Rodney O’Brien, Kaurna Warra Pintyandi Group

Rod identifies as a Kaurna man and devotes much time to helping other Kaurna people identify with the language and culture. He is an active member of the Adelaide Aboriginal community, volunteering his time as a board member on a number of committees which include the Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi Aboriginal Corporation, Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation and Kura Yerlo Inc. [full biography]

0835-0855 Indigenous Perspectives on SOM – Australia
Mickey Kumatpi Marrutya O’Brien, Kaurna Warra Pintyandi Group

I am a Senior Aboriginal Man.  I am a descendant of the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) and Narrunga (York Peninsula) peoples.  I have been, sharing cultural engagement for a number of years. It is a role handed to me by my Father, Uncle Lewis Yerla Burka O’Brien. It is a position, I honour and respect greatly. I am a Foster Parent of seventeen years, to three beautiful children.  I have travelled all across Australia, living and working in a number of Aboriginal Communities, delivering programs and benefits.  I enjoy the opportunity to support the Aboriginal Community, sitting on boards and Advisory Panels. [full biography]

0855-0915 Indigenous Perspectives on SOM – New Zealand
Robert McGowan JP (M.Soc.Sc. Waikato), Department of Conservation (DOC)

Rob McGowan currently works for the Department of Conservation (DOC) and is the Amo Aratu for Nga Whenua Rahui (NWR), a contestable Ministerial fund established in 1991 to provide funding for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Māori land.  Rob is one of the foremost authorities on rongoā Māori (traditional Māori medicine) and is well respected nationally for his work with and for the restoration of rongoā Māori practice in New Zealand.

0915-0940 Opening Speaker: Soil capital: our last rampart to address climate change, food security & reaping societal challenges
Dr Abad Chabbi, INRA

Dr. Abad CHABBI, is a plant ecologist and soil biogeochemist. He worked at the Louisiana State University, USA; the Faculty of Environmental Science in Cottbus, Germany; the University of Pierre & Marie, Curie (UPMC), France; and the INRA research council where he has been leading the National Observatory for Environmental Research-Agro-Ecosystems, Biogechemical Cycles and Biodiversity since 2009.  [full biography]

0940-1030 Plenary: Mineral surface area and organic matter accrual
Professor Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner studied geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, where she also obtained a doctorate in soil science (1987) and habilitation (1992). In 1991 she received a professorship for soil science and soil ecology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 1995 she serves at the chair of soil science of the Technical University of Munich TUM. Since 2011 she is Carl von Linde Senior Fellow at TUM Institute of Advanced Study. [full biography]

1030-1100 Keynote:  Wetland blue carbon storage controlled by millennial scale variation in sea-level rise and soil organic matter is influenced by sea level variations
Associate Professor Kerrylee Rogers, University of Wollongong

Associate Professor Kerrylee Rogers is a coastal ecogeomorphologist and recent ARC Future Fellow in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Between 2005, when she graduated with PhD from UOW, and 2012 she was appointed as an environmental scientist with the New South Wales Government, before returning as a research associate at UOW in 2012. [full biography]

1100-1130 Morning Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1 
Concurrent Session A
Room Stream 1 | Ballroom A  Stream 2 | Ballroom B Stream 3 | Ballroom C
Theme C sequestration – opportunities, costs, trade-offs Ecological significance and function of SOM Blue carbon
Chair Mike Beare & Elaine Mitchell Brian Wilson & Liz Coonan  Di Allen & Christina Asanopoulos
1130-1144 Full inversion tillage offers opportunity for increased C sequestration, implications and agronomic effects
Dr Sam McNally
Abiotic nitrogen immobilization affect organic matter composition and stoichiometry
Professor Johannes Lehmann
Investigating the relationship between soil organic carbon and age in temperate blue carbon ecosystems
Christina Asanopoulos
1145-1159 Dynamics of residue 13C and 15N at various depths in diverse soils
Dr Monika Gorzelak
Convergence and divergence of carbon pathways by soil organic matter formation
Professor Yakov Kuzyakov
Laboratory capacity for the analysis of Soil Organic Matter in Pacific Island Region and the Blue Carbon Initiative
Dr Vincent Lal
1200-1214 Carbon sequestration opportunity in South Australian sandy soils with subsoil clay addition
Dr Amanda Schapel
SOM chemistry and its relationship to water retention and hydraulic conductivity in Canadian and Australian peat soils
Anne Yusuf
Microbial uptake kinetics of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) compound groups from river water and sediments
Dr Helen Glanville
1215-1229 Intensification of no-till agricultural systems: An opportunity for carbon sequestration
Dr Rodrigo Nicoloso
Effects of increased temperature and precipitation on soil biogeochemical processes in Cambridge Bay, Canada
Dr JiYoung Jung
Nutrient enrichment induces a shift in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) metabolism in oligotrophic freshwater sediments
Francesca Brailsford
1230-1244 Forest conversion effects on SOM composition: Disentangling effects of parent material and litter input chemistry
Olaf Brock
Impacts of residue quality and N input on aggregate turnover using the combined 13C natural abundance and rare earth oxides as tracers
Professor Xinhua Peng
Predicting the carbon and nitrogen contents in soil from blue carbon environments using infrared spectroscopy
Dr Jeff Baldock
1245-1259 Cancelled presentation Is paddy-rice system a better niche for carbon sequestration?
Dr Ashim Datta
The crucial role of organic carbon availability in driving geochemical cycles in wetland and floodplain soils
A/Professor Luke Mosley
1300-1350 Lunch & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Brian Wilson & Basharat Ali
1350-1420 Keynote: C sequestration – the opportunity, costs and trade-offs
Professor Budiman Minasny, University of Sydney, Australia

Budiman Minasny is a professor in Soil-Landscape Modelling at the University of Sydney. His research and contribution to the discipline of soil science have been on discovering the causes and controls of soil distribution over space and time. This knowledge is crucial for soil security which is central to managing climate change, food, water, energy security and maintaining biodiversity. [full biography]

1420-1450 Keynote: Generalizing soil organic matter models for understanding overall system properties
Carlos A Sierra, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena

Carlos A Sierra is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany, where he leads a group on Theoretical Ecosystem Ecology. The group, funded by the German Research Foundation through the Emmy Noether Programme, focuses its research on the mathematical understanding of the global carbon cycle, particularly on the time-scales of carbon storage and how global change modifies process rates in the terrestrial biosphere. [full biography]

1450-1520 Keynote: Quantifying changes in soil carbon stocks of grazed pastures: identifying gains and avoiding losses
Professor Louis Schipper, University of Waikato

Louis Schipper is a Professor at the University of Waikato investigating soil biogeochemical processes at landscape scales and how they might be manipulated to achieve improved environmental performance. He has led teams determining changes in carbon stocks of pasture soils at paddock to national scales. They have provided data and understanding that has been central to developing a national picture of New Zealand’s carbon budget.  [full biography]

Poster Session 1
1520-1550 Posters from the following themes will be showcased during this session.  Authors of these posters are expected to stand beside their poster to discuss their work with delegates during this time (view poster list):

1550-1615 Afternoon Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1
Concurrent Session B
Room Stream 4 | Ballroom A Stream 5 | Ballroom B Stream 6 | Ballroom C
Theme C sequestration – opportunities, costs, trade-offs
Ecological significance and function of SOM SOM, modelling, and data science
Chair Mike Beare & Ivanah Oliver Brian Wilson & Anne Yusuf Ben Ellert & Logeswary Sastry
1615-1629 Stabilization – destabilization of soil organic matter in the long term: insights from long term bare fallows
Professor Claire Chenu
Temporal dynamics of litter quality, soil types and microorganisms as main drivers of the priming effect
Dr Isabelle Bertrand
Are soil carbon stocks controlled by a soil’s capacity to protect carbon from decomposition?
Dr Miko Kirschbaum
1630-1644 Rhizodeposition processes as a major lever for soil carbon sequestration
Dr Frederic Rees
Manure fosters both soil N supply and C storage through heavy-particulate organic matter formation
Marie-Elise Samson
A molecular-level perspective of soil water repellency in sand and clay
Nicholas Daniel
1645-1659 Restoring the carbon sequestration capacity of NW-European peat lands
Professor Emiel Elferink
Soil carbon decomposition is regulated by microbial accessibility and diversity
Jonathan Nuñez
Mechanistic modeling of managed grasslands: Model validation and projections of climate change effects on pasture productivity, GHG exchanges and soil carbon stocks
Dr Nicolas Puche
1700-1714 Composting and compost utilization in rice paddy field: Trade-off between greenhouse gas emission and soil carbon sequestration in whole rice cropping system
Professor Pil Joo Kim
Organic matter input determines structure development and aggregate formation in artificial soils
Franziska Bucka
Modeling the effect of soil organic matter on microaggregate formation in soils and their influence on soil functions
Professor Peter Knabner
1715-1729 The global mineralogical capacity of soils to store carbon
Dr Katerina Georgiou
Species and root traits control C stabilization in the rhizospheric soil of a Mediterranean common garden experiment
Professor Vincent Poirier
Physico-chemical protection predicts soil carbon and nutrient availability across Australia
Professor Elise Pendall
1730-1744 The role of clays and different clay minerals on carbon uptake, retention and sequestration
Dr Jock Churchman
Soils with Smart Carbon
Professor Genxing Pan
Cancelled presentation

Early Career Researcher Networking Event

Come along to meet and network with fellow early career scientists and hear career insights from leading international scientist Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, the President of Soil Science Australia Assoc. Prof. Luke Mosley, and Superstar of STEM Dr Samantha Grover.  Drinks and nibbles to follow!

The event is being sponsored and organised by Soil Science Australia.  Interested students and early career researchers should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process.

  • 1800-1845: Career insights and discussion | Ballroom A
  • 1845-1915: Networking drinks and nibbles 

Tuesday 8 October 2019

0800-1800 Registration | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Mark Farrell & Liz Coonan
0900-1000 Plenary: Linking microscale processes with the macro world: Microbes & moisture through the soil profile
Professor Joshua Schimel, UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Joshua Schimel is a Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara. His research has focused on the intersection of microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, with emphases on N-dynamics in Arctic soils, and on the role of drought on soil organic matter dynamics, focusing on Mediterranean-climate ecosystems in California.  [full biography]

1000-1030 Keynote: Recycled Organic Amendments: Targeting use towards underlying soil constraints
Dr Lynne Macdonald, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Adelaide, Australia

Dr Lynne Macdonald, a senior research scientist with CSIRO Agriculture & Food (Adelaide Australia. Integrating methods of spectroscopic characterisation with process level biogeochemistry, her research interests lie in understanding and managing organic matter to support soil function in agro-ecosystems.  [full biography]


1030-1100 Keynote: Soil C cycling in a changing world: The role of root-microbe interactions
Professor Franciska de Vries, University of Amsterdam

Franciska de Vries is Professor of Earth Surface Science at the University of Amsterdam. Franciska did her PhD in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and then spent 10 years in the UK at Lancaster University and The University of Manchester, before she returned to her home country for a full professorship at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics in 2019.  [full biography]

1100-1130 Morning Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1 
Concurrent Session C
Room Stream 7 | Ballroom A Stream 8 | Ballroom B Stream 9 | Ballroom C
Theme Impacts of climate change and land use on SOM
The living part of SOM – microbes, microfauna, mesofauna, macrofauna Organic resource management: the role of recycled “wastes”
Chair Isabelle Basile-Doelsch & Christian Krohn Alan Richardson & Carmen Carmona BP Singh & Sally Harrison
1130-1144 Minimal soil disturbance and increased residue retention increase soil carbon in rice-based cropping systems on the Eastern Gangetic plain
Dr Khairul Alam
A quest for microbial wisdom: elucidating the ecology of oxidative decomposition using nitrogen addition to boreal forests
Dr Mark Bonner
Application of compost and clay under water-stressed conditions influences functional diversity of rhizosphere bacteria
Dr Sasha Jenkins
1145-1159 Conversion from Native Forest to Managed Ecosystems Alters Thermal Stability of Organic Matter in Soil Fractions in the Karst Region of Southwest China
Dr Zhangliu Du
Age matters: consequence of ageing on the fate of soil organic matter in earthworm casts
Dr Cornelia Rumpel
Carbon cycling under dryland wheat as influenced by crop residues and nitrogen fertilizer
Dr Benjamin Ellert
1200-1214 Degradation of SOM in cultivated peat soils, why is there no stabilization?
Dr Mariet Hefting
Fungal stable isotope compositions reflect contrasting nutrient-cycling dynamics in ecto- vs. arbuscular mycorrhizal-associated forests
Saskia Klink
Abiotic and microbial degradation of biochars depend on biochars’ chemistry and temperature under laboratory conditions
Dr Muhammad Riaz
1215-1229 Different offsetting greenhouse gas intensity (GHGI) between chemical and organic fertilization by plastic film mulching in maize upland soil
Jeong Gu Lee
Crop rotation diversity changes soil organic matter composition and microbial function in corn- and wheat-based systems
Dr Bobbi Helgason
Co-composting solid biowastes with alkaline materials to enhance carbon stabilization and revegetation potential
Professor Nanthi Bolan
1230-1244 Differental responses of the components of ecosystem carbon exchange to irrigation frequency in mesocosms with a C4 grassland
Yuan Li
Inferring trait-based physiological strategies of leaf litter microbial communities along a precipitation gradient
Dr Ashish Malik
Characterization of six different biochar-compost mixtures and the effect of a physical alteration on their kinetics of mineralization
Marie-Liesse Aubertin
1245-1259 Effect of the conversion to irrigation on mid-term soil organic C dynamics in a semiarid Mediterranean agrosystem. An approach using C natural isotopes
Rodrigo Antón
Soil organic matter mineralization by earthworms: A meta-analysis
Dr Patricia Garnier
Effect of organic and sustainable fertilisation and soil organic carbon content on energy use efficiency, GHG emissions, and cost-effectiveness
Professor Egidijus Šarauskis
1300-1400 Lunch & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Bhupinder Pal Singh & Carmen Carmona
1400-1430 Keynote: Interactions of organic carbon and phosphorus dynamics in soils
Dr Marie Spohn, University of Bayreuth

Marie Spohn is a scientist at the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research at the University of Bayreuth. She leads the group Soil Biogeochemistry, which is funded by the German Research Foundation through the Emmy Noether Programme. [full biography]

1430-1500 Keynote: SOM through the soil profile in a climate-stressed environment
Associate Professor Brian Wilson, University of New England

Associate Professor Brian Wilson completed his PhD in Soil Science at the University of Reading in the UK. He held positions as an academic in the UK and, following a move to Australia in 1999, has worked as a Research Scientist with New South Wales (NSW) State Government and more recently as an academic at University of New England (UNE).  His research has focused principally on soil organic matter quantity, distribution and dynamics across a range of land-uses, especially native vegetation systems, in Europe, Australia and the sub-Antarctic, utilising a variety of elemental, stable- and radio-isotope techniques. [full biography]

Poster Session 2
1500-1530 Posters from the following themes will be showcased during this session.  Authors of these posters are expected to stand beside their poster to discuss their work with delegates during this time (view poster list):

1530-1600 Afternoon Tea & ExhibitionGallery Level 1 
Concurrent Session D
Room Stream 10 | Ballroom A Stream 11 | Ballroom B Stream 12 | Ballroom C
Theme Impacts of climate change and land use on SOM
The living part of SOM – microbes, microfauna, mesofauna, macrofauna Organic resource management: The role of recycled “wastes”
Chair Yakov Kuzyakov & Anne Yusuf
Alan Richardson & Manjula Premaratne Johannes Biala & Sally Harrison
1600-1614 How elevated CO2 impacts the dynamics of different soil carbon pools: stable isotope approaches to isolate pools and understand nutrient regulation
Dr Yolima Carrillo
Microbial density and substrate identity interact to determine the stabilization efficiency of microbial-derived, mineral-associated organic matter
Dr Noah Sokol
Gaseous emissions from lignite amended manure composting process
Dr Mei Bai
1615-1629 Bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty acids: Applicability as environmental markers in soils from the French Alps
Dr Sylvie Derenne
Microdialysis as an in situ technique for sampling soil enzymes
Dr Scott Buckley
Organo-mineral granulation is a green option for improving nitrogen use efficiency and soil organic matter
Dr Biplob Saha
1630-1644 Irrigation changes the distribution of new photo-assimilated carbon into various soil size fractions
Carmen Rosa Medina Carmona
Mycorrhizal nitrogen acquisition from organic matter enhanced by multipartite interactions
Dr Rachel Hestrin
Short-term aerobic digestion of cover crop biomass significantly decreased Net Global Warming Potential during rice cultivation
Hyeon Ji Song
1645-1659 Isotopic partitioning of soil respiration components in response to warming and altered precipitation in a grassland ecosystem
Dr Biao Zhu
Soil faeces, springboard for SOM formation: what do we know and where do we go?
Dr Alix Vidal
Subsoil amelioration with organic matter amendment in western Victoria, Australia: leaf physiological and root morphological response
Dr Jian Jin
1700-1714 Long-term fallow management increased labile organic matter but not clay associated stable organic matter in Niger, West Africa
A/Professor Soh Sugihara
The unexplored role of secondary metabolites in root priming: phenolic root exudates cause striking changes in soil organic matter decomposition and microbial community structure
Dr Marie Zwetsloot
The interactive effects of organic amendments, fertilizer and gypsum on the formation of soil aggregates and storage of carbon in a dispersive sodic-subsoil
Dr Yunying Fang
1715-1729 Organic matter content, quality and microbial functioning in soils under grazing versus mowing: What is the difference?
Aliia Gilmullina
Mutual interactions between decaying plant litter, soil microorganisms and mineral particles, controlled by soil texture
Kristina Witzgall

Symposium Dinner | Hickinbotham Hall, National Wine Centre

The National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide is a truly special place to experience in its unique surroundings, nestled in the heart of the city’s Botanic Gardens.  As the home of the nation’s wine collection, the centre offers wine lovers an unparalleled opportunity to learn more, and enjoy the rich diversity of varieties produced in Australia.

  • Entertainment: Brian Ruiz
  • Included:  3 course meal and drinks
  • Transport: Meet the coaches outside the Hilton at 1840 to travel to the National Wine Centre.  Coaches will return to the Hilton via Adina Apartment Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Wednesday 9 October 2019

0800-1800 Registration | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Mike Beare 
0900-1000 Plenary: Improving understanding and forecasting of Soil Organic Matter dynamics to transform challenges into opportunities
Professor Francesca Cotrufo, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Francesca Cotrufo is Professor and Associate Head at the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, at Colorado State University.  She earned B.Sc. from the University of Naples, Italy and Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK. Dr. Cotrufo is internationally recognised for her work on litter decomposition and soil organic matter formation, and for the creative use of isotopic methodologies in these studies. [full biography]

1000-1030 Keynote: Linking above ground processes and SOM cycling in the rhizosphere
Professor Dr Johanna Pausch, University of Bayreuth

Johanna Pausch is a junior professor for Agroecology at the University of Bayreuth and a member of the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research. After she earned a diploma in Geoecology (2009) and a Ph.D. in Agroecosystem Research (2012), she worked as an academic assistant at the Department of Soil Science at the Georg-August University of Goettingen. [full biography]

1030-1100 Keynote: Lateral transport of SOM through landscapes
Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Life and Environmental Sciences Unit, University of California

Prof. Berhe is an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at the Life and Environmental Sciences unit, University of California, Merced. Prof. Berhe received her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley; M. Sc. in Political Ecology from Michigan State University, and B. Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from University of Asmara, Eritrea. [full biography]

1100-1130 Morning Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1 
Concurrent Session E
Room Stream 13 | Ballroom A
Stream 14 | Ballroom B Stream 15 | Ballroom C
Theme Impacts of climate change and land use on SOM Going downunder: Deep SOM dynamics Transport of SOM through landscapes
Chair Deborah Dick & Savannah McGuirk Abad Chabbi & Emily Leyden  Anna Richards & Jenendra Wadduwage 
1130-1144 The effects of long-term nitrogen addition on the composition and sequestration of SOM in a boreal forest
Dr Shun Hasegawa
Biomarker and spectroscopic evidence for microbially stabilized organic matter in an eroded landscape
Dr Adam Gillespie
‘Hidden’ soil carbon at risk of erosion in the rangelands
Dr Susan Orgill
1145-1159 Resistance and resilience of soil microbial communities to drought and heat stress in a Mediterranean agroforestry system
Dr Isabelle Bertrand
Compacted and suppressed: physical constraints of soil microbial response to carbon supply in the subsoil
Dr Yui Osanai
Comparison of constituents of dissolved organic matter in soil and lake water by two-dimensional HPLC
Dr Masakazu Aoyama
1200-1214 Quantity, distribution and source of DOC in the soil profile in fresh and dried samples
Rubeca Fancy
Decomposition of plant litter and carbon turnover as a function of soil depth
Dr Brian Murphy
Quality of soil organic matter in high-latitude environments: From bulk to water-extractable soil organic matter
Dr Marie A.  Alexis
1215-1229 Soil organic carbon stability at the large catchment and centennial scales: Field and modelled insights
Abraham Gibson
Effect of nitrogen loss on deep soil organic carbon decomposition
Wenjing Zeng
Organic materials flow and nutrient balance analyses at different landscapes of a watershed in Tigray, Northern Ethiopian highlands
Dr Gebreyohannes Girmay
1230-1244 Does conversion to conservation tillage really increase soil organic carbon stocks in organic arable farming?
Dr Markus Steffens
Greenhouse gas production, diffusion and consumption is depth dependent
Erik Button
1245-1259 Warming alters soil respiration and soil organic matter fractions throughout the whole soil profile
Dr Jennifer Soong
Linking soil structure formation and soil organic matter cycling in the rhizosphere
A/Professor Carsten W. Mueller
1300-1400 Lunch & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Alan Richardson & Ivanah Oliver
1400-1430 Keynote: Monitoring and mapping Scotland’s peat soils: legacy and development
Dr Matt Aitkenhead, The James Hutton Institute

Soil monitoring and mapping can be achieved through a number of approaches. My work focusses on optimising sensing approaches (remote sensing, soil spectroscopy) and developing new methods (soil profile image analysis). The integration of sensory data with existing, legacy survey data allows us to carry out improved mapping of soil properties. [full biography]

1430-1500 Keynote: Organomineral interactions: Zoom at nanoscale using EXAFS and MET-EELS
Dr Isabelle Basile-Doelsch

Dr I. Basile-Doelsch. MSc in Geology (ENSG, Nancy, France), PhD in Geochemistry for paleoclimatic reconstructions (Vostok ice core, Antarctica), Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in geochemistry of soils and weathering systems in the critical zone. She is specialized in organomineral interactions in soils. She has been an Aix-Marseille University lecturer since 1998 (France), and a junior member of the prestigious “Institut Universitaire de France” from 2011 to April 2015. As of May 2015, she became a Director of Research at the French INRA institute(CEREGE).

Poster Session 3
1500-1530 Posters from the following themes will be showcased during this session.  Authors of these posters are expected to stand beside their poster to discuss their work with delegates during this time (view poster list):

1530-1600 Afternoon Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1
Concurrent Session F
Room Stream 16 | Ballroom A Stream 17 | Ballroom B Stream 18 | Ballroom C
Theme Rapid and high resolution techniques Going downunder: Deep SOM dynamics
Impacts of fire and ecosystem restoration through SOM recovery
Chair Jeff Baldock & Gavin Styles Abad Chabbi & Mary Garrard Samantha Grover & Genxing Pan
1600-1614 2D imaging spectroscopy and 3D X-ray CT high spatial resolution analysis ─ method combination for investigating potential interplay of SOM and soil structure development in intact soil samples
Evelin Pihlap
Soil microbiome and carbon under the A (horizon)
Charles Rice
Composition of soil organic matter drives the loss of persistent organic pollutants
Christian Krohn
1615-1629 A novel method to characterize soil organic carbon pools using thermal oxidation combined with multivariate analysis
Dr Manoharan Veeragathipillai
Beyond the Rhizosphere: Microbial potential in sub- and bulk vertosols
Katharine Polain
Decomposition and alteration of organic matter during remediation of a sandy acid sulfate soil
Dr Angelika Koelbl
1630-1644 Development of a predictive tool for herbicide sorption to soil based on mid-infrared spectrometry
Gavin Styles
Molecular dynamics of soil humeome as a function of crop system
Professor Marios Drosos
Indigenous soil microbes and multi-planting strategies for increasing soil carbon and function in dryland restoration
Dr Miriam Muñoz-Rojas
1645-1659 From spectra to decision support and back again: A roadmap to impact for soil spectroscopy
Dr Ryan Farquharson
Seeking deeper for future: potential of subsoils management for the storage of organic matter in agricultural fields
Dr Julien Guigue
Responses of soil carbon pool and soil aggregates associated organic carbon to the addition of rapeseed straw and/or straw-derived biochar in a rapeseed/maize cropping system
Professor Xinhua He
1700-1714 How frequently do Sorghum roots reoccupy the same soil pore spaces?
Ivanah Oliver
Vegetated subsoil exposed during geotechnical operations has massive carbon storage potential: a study of 13C partitioning into soil respiration and different soil fractions
Lorenzo Rossi
Soil organic carbon and related impacts of the Warrumbungles wildfire
Dr Mitchell Tulau
1715-1729 Improved methodologies for SOC measurement, estimation and reporting its density changes in agricultural soils
Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Khalil
Warming alters soil organic carbon dynamics at depth in Qinghai-Tibetan alpine grassland
Dr Xiaojuan Feng
Using organic and inorganic soil amendments to improve soil quality and plant recruitment for mine rehabilitation in arid landscapes
Amber Bateman

CROWN Panel: How can we translate SOM research into improved farming practices?

Join us and be part of a panel discussion that will explore how SOM research can be translated into improved farming practicesand if financial incentives, such as payment for soil carbon sequestration is necessary to make it happen. The panel of experts, practitioners, and government representatives includes: 

  • Dr Abad Chabbi, INRA, France, representing the ‘4 Per 1000’ initiative
  • Prof Francesca Cotrufo, Colorado State University, USA
  • Prof Ellis Hoffland, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Jeff Baldock, CSIRO
  • Tim Goodes, PIRSA
  • Rob Kerin, Primary Producers SA
  • Melissa Rebbeck, Climate and Agricultural Support
  • Edward Scott, Field Systems Aus
  • Peter Wadewitz, Australian Organic Recycling Association

The event is being sponsored and organised by the Centre for Recycling of Organic Waste and Nutrients (CROWN) at the University of Queensland. Interested Symposium participants should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process.

  • 1745-1915: Panel Discussion
  • 1915-2000:  Drinks and nibbles
Evening at Leisure

Thursday 10 October 2019

0800-1300 Registration | Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
Concurrent Session G
Room Stream 19 | Ballroom A Stream 20 | Ballroom B Stream 21 | Ballroom C
Theme Rapid and high resolution techniques
Stoichiometry – Does it matter? The economic and social value of SOM and the UN SDGs
Chair Jeff Baldock Tida Ge & Robert Impraim Tim Cavagnaro & Adi Kunarso
0900-0914 Molecular-level investigation into the fractionation of dissolved organic carbon during co-precipitation with ferrihydrite
Dr Yu Yang
C:N:P stoichiometry regulates soil organic carbon mineralization and concomitant shift of microbial community in paddy soil
Professor Tida Ge
Soil organic carbon stocks as an indicator of land degradation for Sustainable Development Goal 15
Dr Jacqueline England
0915-0929 Rapid spectral-reflectance-based assessment of soil carbon stratification following full inversion tillage pasture renewal
Dr Roberto Calvelo-Pereira
Effects of nutrient enrichment on soil priming effect: a global meta-analysis
Jiguang Feng
Separating nutrient and non-nutrient effects of organic amendments on crop yield
Dr Corinne Celestina
0930-0944 New insights into how organic N is depolymerised
Charles Warren
Resource nutrient stoichiometry controls microbial growth, carbon-use efficiency and soil carbon priming in an organic-amended alkaline sodic-subsoil
Dr Bhupinder Pal Singh
SOM, SDG, BRG, ACIAR, PCI, NDC, BOSF: communicating across disciplines, cultures and jurisdictions to realise the potential of Soil Organic Matter research to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Dr Samantha Grover
0945-0959 The potential of temperature-dependent carbon differentiation for soil analysis
Dr Lutz Lange
What can isotopes tell us about the controls on the coupling/decoupling of soil nitrogen and carbon?
Dr Naomi Wells
The role of the 4p1000 initiative in defining research priorities for soil organic carbon under the sustainable development agenda
Dr Cornelia Rumpel
1000-1030 Morning Tea & Exhibition | Gallery Level 1 
Plenary Session | Ballroom B & C
Chair: Mark Farrell & Elaine Mitchell
1030-1100 Keynote: Biofunctionality of soil organic matter
Professor Dr Ellis Hoffland, Wageningen University and Research

Ellis Hoffland is from the Soil Biology Group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The keyword describing her research is “soil fertility” in a broader sense. She regards soil fertility as the result of biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrient elements. Her motivation to study these cycles is their relevance to primary production. [full biography]

1100-1130 Keynote: SOM dynamics in fire prone landscapes
Dr Jennifer L Soong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jennifer Soong is a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She earned her PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University and her B.A. from Oberlin College. Dr. Soong’s research focuses on biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology with an emphasis on how terrestrial ecosystems function under natural and human-influenced environmental conditions. [full biography]

1130-1230 Plenary: Characterising the diverse nature of soil organic matter
Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO

Jeff Baldock is a soil scientist working in CSIRO at Adelaide, Australia.  His research has focused on measuring the amount and composition of organic matter in soils and other terrestrial (native and plantation forests) and aquatic environments (coastal and open ocean).  [full biography]

1230-1300 Closing session
1300-1400 Farewell Lunch | Gallery Level 1
1400 Exhibitor Bump Out

Friday 11 October 2019

Optional Field Tours

Four coach tours will run on Friday 11th October, offering delegates an opportunity to be guided through various aspects of South Australia’s agricultural and natural environment. Spaces will be limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. In all cases, tours will involve periods outdoors so please ensure you come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, and a waterproof jacket as weather can be changeable. Unless otherwise stated, the only contributions from attendees for the tours is a payment towards lunch and where applicable, a contribution to tasting fees at wineries. Book via

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TOUR 1: The outback, Burra and the Clare Valley $60pp
Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 6.30pm

TOUR 2: Broadacre cropping organic resources and the River Murray $40 pp + lunch / tasting at Bremerton Winery (own expense)
Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 6.30pm

TOUR 3: Mclaren Vale wineries $75pp
Full day tour returning to Adelaide approximately 5pm

TOUR 4: Cleland Conservation Park, Wildlife Park and Mt Lofty $46pp
Half day tour. Returning approximately 3pm.


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