Conference Proposal for the Sixth International Workshop on Soil and Sedimentary Organic Matter Stabilization and Destabilization (SOM6)
National Institute for Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, Award #2013-67019-21341
Soil organic matter (SOM) is a primary contributor to soil fertility and thus agricultural/forest productivity. Mineralization of SOM is a large flux of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) to the atmosphere, as well as carbon and nutrients (N, P) to water bodies. Recent advances have improved our understanding of SOM stabilization and destabilization mechanisms, but challenges to better predict SOM behavior in ecosystems remain. The workshop will bring together scientists working on SOM stabilization in a more focused way than any other national or international meeting. The workshop is the latest in a highly successful series: Hohenkammer, Germany (2003), Asilomar, USA (2005), Adelaide, Australia (2007), Presqu’île de Giens, France (2010), and Ascona, Switzerland (2012). The workshop style will consist of a small number of oral presentations and mostly time for posters, breakout groups and discussions, with no concurrent sessions.