Session Themes
Session Description
Daily Program

Soil information and data.
                Landscape and soil features associated with underlying geology, landform and soil type are major factors influencing vegetation growth, water movement and the suitability of land for a variety of uses. A better understanding of land and soil helps us appreciate why different natural and production systems can be supported in different areas.
Plant nutrition and soil fertility.
                This section will provide specialized information on soil fertility and nutrition of important economic crop production for food security and healthy life. The methods of assessment on both plant nutrition and soil fertility status are included.
Soil management for food security and yield quality.
                Soil management concerns all operations, practices, and treatments used to protect soil and enhance its performance for food security and yield quality. It includes soil conservation, soil amendment, and optimal soil health management. The model-driven integrated soil-crop system management approach to develop the optimum crop production and yield quality will be intensively discussed.
Anthropized soils.
                Anthropized environment is now growing in the global scale. Soils are also changed along with urbanization and reclamation. Even in agricultural fields, soils have also been changed with large scale using agricultural machineries. To understand changes in soils after large scale development and/or land engineering will be necessary for further researches of anthropic soils.
Climate change and soil carbon cycle.
                The increase in atmospheric concentration of CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and land use change influenced global warming. Strategies to increase the soil carbon pool include no-till farming, cover crops, nutrient management, manuring, improved grazing, water conservation and efficient irrigation.
Ecosystem services and disservices from soil.
                Soil productivity is an important ecosystem service in our environment. Agriculture has developed depending on the ecosystem service. However modern agricultural technologies to enhance further production provide disservices to the ecosystem by water pollution due to excessive fertilizer application, soil erosion by deep cultivation and so on. The dilemma around productive soils should be addressed and evaluated.     
Research frontiers on paddy soils for sustainable rice production.
                Paddy ecosystems are essential components of the global agricultural systems, accounting for 75% of the worldwide rice product, and provide food to more than 50% of the world's population. Research on paddy soils for sustainable rice production is critically important.
Soil education and public awareness to advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
                Increase in primary productivity for food and energy resources greatly accelerates land degradation by excessive soil utilization. Importance of soil for our future life should be addressed by the public. Soil education is now required to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). Activity of soil education is necessary to share among Asian soil scientists.
Asian soil partnership: achieving Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) in Asia.
                The Asian Soil Partnership (ASP) was established in February 2012 at the purpose of providing guidance on regional goals/priorities on soil and the required implementation mechanisms. In this framework, the ASP identified the priorities for the Asian region and wrote a regional implementation plan.