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World Soil Day

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Public event
5 December 2011
for everyone
Image of a soil profile

In 2002 the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) made a resolution to propose 5 December as World Soil Day. This annual celebration of soil continues to be used as an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of soil for humans and the environment and to our need to manage the soil sustainably.

Environmental organisations and research institutes around the world, including The James Hutton Institute are spearheading the need to draw more attention to this precious natural resource, upon which all life depends: complex, ubiquitous and often-ignored, wonderful soil!

Photograph of an earthworm burrowing in soilEssentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together. (Charles Kellogg, 1938)

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.