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WORLD SOIL DAY: Soil quality ebook launched to commemorate world soil day

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Tuesday, 5. December 2017 - 10:45

A cutting edge, digital book series that digs up soils information and data from across the State has been launched today (5 Dec) to celebrate World Soil Day.

The first ebook in the Soil Quality series, which focused on soil constraints to plant production, was demonstrated by SoilsWest Director Frances Hoyle at an event in Perth.

“This free series provides real world context to some of the science underpinning management of soils, making the ebook accessible to everyone from students, to farmers, agricultural professionals and researchers,” Associate Professor Hoyle said.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have experts from a range of organisations and farmers contribute their knowledge, best practice techniques and stories.”

The Soil Quality series has been published by SoilsWest - a partnership between the University of Western Australia and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - with support from Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Department Grains Acting Executive Director Kerry Regan said the Soil Quality ebook was an exemplary model of science communication, drawing on the best of research and analysis and digital media.

“This clever reference book brings together soil science and its practical application, harnessing years of soil research, as well as first-hand accounts from landholders about their experience with soil management in WA,” Ms Regan said.

Pro-Vice Chancellor, Executive Dean Science Professor Tony O’Donnell said soils sustained a large part of our existence - producing food, feed, fibre and fuel.

“It is critical to consider the world below our feet, as well as the regional and global influences that impact on its long term ability to support, not only the agriculture and food sector, but its role in sustaining ecosystems and human health,” Professor O’Donnell said. 

Launched at the forum ‘A world of soil information – celebrating WA development and innovation’, the publication ‘Soil Quality: Constraints to Plant Production’ is now freely available as a digital book on the iBooks Store.

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DPIRD senior research officer, Chris Gazey, and SoilsWest Director, UWA Associate Professor Fran Hoyle, peruse the new Soil Quality ebook, released to commemorate World Soil Day.

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