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World Soil Day Webinar - Soils: Where Food Begins

5 Dec 2022, 09:00 (CET)

Soil Fertility, Soil Improvement, Soil, Soil Management
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Welcome from the Chair

In order to commemorate World Soil Day—Soils: where food begins (, MDPI is launching a special webinar to encourage scientists to join together, take action, and raise awareness as to how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts to combat soil degradation.

We aim to encourage connection and collaboration among soil scientists and the international open access community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling soil degradation requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across boundaries of soil function, agricultural production, and academic discipline.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI World Soil Day Webinar—Soils: where food begins. Please find below an up-to-date outline of presenters.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Shun Li
MDPI Branch Office, Singapore

Speakers' Profiles

Prof. Dr. Adele Muscolo

Professor Adele Muscolo is a soil scientist specialized in the area of soil fertility and soil quality.

Since 1988, She investigated the connections between soil chemistry, biochemistry and function in regulating ecosystem-level processes in forests, managed ecosystems (e.g. tree nurseries), grasslands, as well as urban environments. Her main research areas include characterization and dynamics of Soils Organic Matter in relation to soil fertility, soil erosion, soil degradation, soil salinization, relationship between soil organic matter (labile and recalcitrant C fractions) and soil biodiversity in driving soil ecosystem functioning and environmental issues such as biotic and abiotic pressure on soil. Her research goal is to provide innovative solutions for soil management that will increase productivity ensuring soil and environmental quality.

She is author/co-author of over 200 papers published in international journals with Impact Factor. She is part of the list “World’s Top 2% of scientist of their main subfield discipline, for 2020 and 2021.

Prof. Dr. Zeng-Yei Hseu

Zeng-Yei Hseu is a professor from the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei, Taiwan. Professor Hseu has been working in the field of soil science since 1990s. He was the president of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies in 2018-2019. His major topics of research are biogeochemistry and soil heavy metal contamination and remediation. Professor Hseu is the author or coauthor of over 100 scientific papers and book chapters.

Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava

Dr A.K. Srivastava obtained M.Sc. (Ag) and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He is currently working as Principal Scientist (Soil Science) at ICAR - Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur ( India) for more than 32 years. He has extensively worked on nutrient constraints analysis through DRIS-based soil-plant nutrient diagnostics, orchard efficiency modeling, targeted yield-based site specific nutrient management exploiting spatial variability in soil fertility, citrus rhizosphere specific microbial consortium and soil carbon loading, INM module, fertigation dynamics, nutrient mapping using geospatial tools, nutrient dynamic studies, transformation of soil microbial biomass nutrients within citrus rhizosphere and soil fertility map as decision support tool for fertilizer recommendation in citrus.

Dr. Srivastava is a visiting Professor at Huazhong Agriculture University, Hubei and Yangtze University, Jingzhuo, China and Visiting Scientist at AREEO, Tehran, Iran. Dr Srivastava is credited with 161 research papers, 49 policy reviews and books. He is the recipient of awards like S.N.Ranade Award for Excellence in Micronutrient Research, FAI Silver Jubilee Award, International Plant Nutrition Institute-FAI Award, Girdhari Lal Chadha Award for excellence in Fruit Science , Fellow of 11 academic societies and Honorary Fellow of two academic societies.



Time in CET


9:00 - 9:10 am

Prof. Dr. Adele Muscolo

Biofertilizers, Organic Fertilizers, and Fertilizers Produced with Wastes to Reduce Soil Degradation Processes

9:10 - 9:40 am

Prof. Dr. Zeng-Yei HSEU

Soil Security is Food Safety

9:40 - 10:10 am

Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava

Soil Health Management of Fruit Crops : An Overview

10:10 - 10:40 am


10:40 - 12:00 pm


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Workshop Content

Prof. Dr. Adele Muscolo
Biofertilizers, Organic Fertilizers, and Fertilizers Produced with Wastes to Reduce Soil Degradation Processes

Prof. Dr. Zeng-Yei HSEU
Soil Security is Food Safety

Dr. Anoop Kumar Srivastava
Soil Health Management of Fruit Crops : An Overview

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