During the week of the 12-17th August, Ivanah atteneded the 21st World Congress of Soil Science. The WCSS is held every four years and the premier gathering from soil scientists from across the globe. This year the congress was hosted by the Brazilian Soil Science Society in Rio de Janiero.
The congress was great week spent learning all about challenges and successes of Brazilian soils and agriculture. Ivanah presented a poster on her research titled ‘Renting the same room: Do roots repeatedly reoccupy the same spaces?’ which was all about using micro-computer tomography to determine the quanity and distribution of roots in a soil core over successive plantings.
A real highlight of the week was getting up into the mountians behind Rio de Janerio on the field trip day and seeing the local agricultural areas and production systems.