Posters will be displayed in the catering area for the duration of the symposium. There will be a focused poster session during the program.

Authors must print their posters A0 size (84.1cm wide x 118.9cm high) in portrait orientation.  Landscape posters will not be accommodated at the venue.


Soils are increasingly being looked to as a potentially important tool in our efforts to offset emissions and reduce our impacts on the global climate. However, such a concept is hotly contested. Here, the latest research assessing the opportunities and impacts of such strategies will be discussed.

The response of soil carbon to no-till depends on climate Dr Denis Angers
Dynamics of soil carbon sequestration in tropical and temperate agricultural systems (DSCATT) Dr Isabelle Bertrand
Forest conversion effects on SOM composition: Disentangling effects of parent material and litter input chemistry Olaf Brock
What change does the quantity of root mass and seasonality make to soil organic carbon? Ivanah Oliver
Enhancing soil carbon and nitrogen storage with sheep grazing in dryland cropping sequences Dr Upendra Sainju
Reducing GHGs emission and promoting SOC sequestration in the croplands of Huang-Huai-Hai Plain, China: A simulation study Dr Guocheng Wang
Carbon sequestration as soil organic and inorganic carbon in the agricultural land of Northern China: A review and perspective Prof. Xiujun Wang
Influences of organic amendment and phosphorus fertilization on soil organic and inorganic carbon in a saline-alkali paddy of the Yellow River Delta Prof. Xiujun Wang
Quality of soil organic matter affected by long-term organic manure input rather than synthetic fertilizer Prof. Xueyun Yang
Full inversion tillage pasture renewal to increase C sequestration: Implications for N2O emissions Dr Mike Beare
Carbon Connects: A European project on changing traditional high GHG emitting peatland management practices to sustainable low carbon alternatives Prof. Emiel Elferink
The effects of long term no-tillage on the chemical composition of soil organic matter Zhangliu Du
Dynamics of residue 13C and 15N at various depths in diverse soils Dr Monika Gorzelak
Composting and compost utilization in rice paddy field: Trade-off between greenhouse gas emission and soil carbon sequestration in whole rice cropping system Prof. Pil Joo Kim
Higher depletion of soil carbon stock by liming in maize cropping upland soil Prof. Piljoo Kim, Jeonggu Lee
Corncob-derived low-pyrolysis temperature biochar protects soil organic (C) and improves C use efficiency and soil quality of semi-arid climate alkaline soil Dr Muhammad Riaz
Links between soil carbon sequestration, root elongation rate and functional traits in 12 herbaceous species Lorenzo Rossi
Grazing into the future: Building soil carbon using perennial pasture species Dr Zakaria Solaiman
Soil carbon sequestration and structural evaluation of organic matter from integrated crop-livestock-forest systems Dr Ladislau Martin-Neto
Biochar effects on native soil carbon stocks five years after application Dr Xinliang Dong
Organosolv lignin as artificial particulate organic matter for soil restoration and carbon sequestration Oliver Levers
The Home Field Advantage theory could be used for carbon sequestration and forest management? Dr Nicholas Valette


SOM performs many ecosystem services in both natural and managed systems, yet mechanisms involved in its interaction with other biophysical processes such as nutrient cycling, water retention, structural stability remain difficult to fully elucidate. This session provides a forum in which research addressing these underlying questions, and the impacts they have on broader ecosystem processes can be presented.

Biochar activation by co-application with manure into the soil Martin Brtnicky
Relationships between SOM and nitrogen availability Thomas Carter
Climate and soil type effects on crop residue decomposition Dr Denis Curtin
Changes in chemical and thermal indices of soil organic matter stability with time – method validation using a controlled incubation study Dr Adam Gillespie
Appraisal of legume cover crops for conservation agriculture in Tigray, northern Ethiopian highlands Dr Gebreyohannes Girmay
Changes in soil properties and possibilities of reducing environmental risks due to the application of biological activators in conditions of very heavy soils Dr Oldrich Latal
Sorption capacity of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) by artificially-induced soil constituents: Soil organic matter (SOM) Dr Leonard Mgbeahuruike
Species and root traits control C stabilization in the rhizospheric soil of a Mediterranean common garden experiment Prof. Vincent Poirier
Topsoil water repellence increased early wheat growth and nutrition Simon Yeap
SOM chemistry and its relationship to water retention and hydraulic conductivity in Canadian and Australian peat soils. Anne Yusuf
Crop straw retain increases soil organic matter content in a wheat-maize rotation system Dr Yuming Zhang
Methodology to predict nitrogen mineralisation in agricultural soils in New Zealand Dr Mike Beare
Nitrogen mineralization related to light-fraction and hot-water extractable carbon in pasture and cropping soils Tord Ranheim Sveen
Microhabitat-associated hot spots and hot moments of nitrous oxide emissions (N2O) from floodplain soils Dr Muhammad Riaz
Soil organic matter distribution governed by aggregation and decoupled from clay content Steffen Schweizer
Sole cropping of legumes, resultant soil organic carbon and microbial biomass: A prerequiste to rotational benefit in cropping systems Dr Ifeyinwa Uzoh


Possibly seen as the last frontier, SOM in subsoils is far less studied than its surface counterparts. Here, we seek presentations that highlight recent advances in this area and which draw parallels with and highlight differences between processes in surface soils.

Does conversion to conservation tillage really increase soil organic carbon stocks in organic arable farming? Dr Markus Steffens
Changes in microbial biomass, community composition and diversity, and functioning with soil depth in two alpine ecosystems on the Tibetan Plateau Tianle Xu
Organic manure input not benefit for inorganic carbon accumulation in semiarid cropland Prof. Shulan Zhang
N and P co-limitation of carbon turnover in a clayey loam very deep subsoil Leanne Peixoto


Climate change may impact SOM directly through changed temperature and moisture regimes, and indirectly through changed vegetation assemblages or land management practices. This session aims to draw together new research on how SOM responds to these impacts, with a particular focus on potential tipping points where resistance to change may be overwhelmed.

The role of Ectomycorrhizal fungi mediating soil organic matter mineralisation: Impacts of N availability and CO2 conditions Dr Yolima Carrillo
Leaf litter decomposition of adjacent natural broadleaf and Japanese cedar forests in the mid-elevation mountain area, Xitou, Taiwan Dr Chiou Pin Chen
Soil organic and inorganic carbon distribution in soil as influenced by land uses in degraded saline land of Northwest India Dr Ashim Datta
Combined biomarker analysis and inversed modelling for the environmental reconstruction of the Beerberg peatland sequence (Thuringia, Germany) Dr Sylvie Derenne
Does grazing intensity affects organic matter of  a Subtropical Oxisol under integrated crop-livestock system? Prof. Deborah Dick
Humus build-up in Frisian agricultural soils, towards a certificate trading scheme Prof. Emiel Elferink
Effect of detritus input change on microorganisms in forest soils Dr István Fekete
Multifunctional agroecosystems improving soil carbon stock in dryland irrigated areas Dr Vanderlise Giongo
Livestock farming impact on soil organic matter stocks in Brazilian semiarid region Dr Vanderlise Giongo
Warming depleted the δ13CO2 values of soil respiration and accelerated the loss of the light fraction of SOC Prof. Chunsheng Hu
Vegetation and precipitation shifts interact with soil depth to change dryland carbon and nitrogen storage Dr David Huber
Change in physical properties of forest soils in a long-term experiment of detritus input and removal treatment Dr Katalin Juhos
Changes in soil organic carbon over 24 years depending on plant cover and weather conditions Dr Karin Kauer
Optimum N rate for grain yield coincides with minimum greenhouse gas intensity in flooded rice fields Dr Gilwon Kim
Importance of fallow season monitoring for evaluating the direct N2O emission factor in the temperate mono-rice field. Dr Gilwon Kim
TeaComposition: Effect of organic matter manipulation on a tea leaf litter decomposition experiment in a deciduous forest Dr Zsolt Kotroczó
Soil properties predict greenhouse gas fluxes and their temperature sensitivities in three land-cover types near Sydney, Australia Jinquan Li
Controls on soil organic carbon stability and temperature sensitivity with increased aboveground litter input in deciduous forests of different forest ages Dr Yini Ma
Bioclimatic factors associated with soil organic carbon accrual in subtropical Indo-gangetic croplands of Nepal Roshan Babu Ojha
Temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition and priming across a productivity gradient in Australian eucalypt forests Dr Elise Pendall
Monitoring grassland management effects on soil organic carbon – a matter of scale Dr Cornelia Rumpel
Effect of drought stress on soil organic matter dynamics in salt-affected soils Dr Muhammad Sanaullah
Livestock farming impact on soil organic matter stocks in Brazilian semiarid region Mônica Santana
Effect of 50-year term different crop rotations on soil organic matter Lina Skinuliene
Long-term fallow management increased labile organic matter but not clay associated stable organic matter in Niger, West Africa A/Prof. Soh Sugihara
Soil organic carbon stock under the different land use types in kersa sub watershed Dr Yared Mulat Tefera
Short-term effects of re-grazing on soil microorganisms and biogeochemistry at a long-term abandoned alpine pasture Dr Alix Vidal
Organic amendments combined with chemical fertilizers improves soil organic matter and crop yields under rice-based intensive cropping systems Dr Sohela Akhter
Minimal soil disturbance and increased residue retention increase soil carbon in rice-based cropping systems on the Eastern Gangetic plain Dr Md Khairul Alam
Quality of soil organic matter in high-latitude environments: From bulk to water-extractable soil organic matter Dr Marie A.  Alexis
Bacterial 3-hydroxy fatty acids: Applicability as environmental markers in soils from the French Alps Dr Sylvie Derenne
The effects of long-term nitrogen addition on the composition and sequestration of SOM in a boreal forest Dr Shun Hasegawa
Dynamics of soil humus formation under different agricultural systems A/Prof. Zita Kriaučiūnienė
Impact of land use on soil organic carbon stock in gibbsic ferralsols of Maré, Loyalty Island (New Caledonia) Dr Audrey Leopold
Changes in SOC content in a long term field experiment with different N rates Prof. Milan Mesic
Soil type and residue incorporation (tillage) affects the climate change mitigation potential of grassland soils Elaine Mitchell
Impact of irrigation on soil carbon and nitrogen stocks Dr Paul Mudge
Simulation in the changes in soil C and N stocks with the use and cover in a transitional Amazonian-Cerrado forest environment Prof. Teogenes Oliveira
Just add water? Soil organic carbon (0- 70cm) over 9 years under pastures, South-Eastern Australia Dr Susan Orgill
Carbon dynamics in soils: Evolution of organo-mineral interactions after a forest to vineyard transition Solène Quero
Temporal and spatial variation of soil organic matter and soil acidity in surface soils under rice-based intensive farming in floodplain soils Md Noor E Alam Siddique
Vertical pattern and its driving factors in soil EEA and stoichiometry along mountain grassland belts Prof. Wei Wang
Effects of nitrogen loss on SOC decomposition and its regulation by temperature and moisture Xiaodong Yao
LIFE Nadapta: Considering soils vulnerability and resilience in a regional adaptation strategy of agriculture to the effects of climate change. Rodrigo Antón


Remediation and restoration practices can often focus on the role of SOM in the success of these activities. An increasingly common phenomenon of wildfire also impacts on SOM content and chemistry. This session presents an opportunity to share research that demonstrates the role that SOM plays in successful land remediation and restoration, and to understand the impacts of fire on SOM.

Unravelling the climate-soil-management interaction to explore SOM in the Brigalow Belt bioregion, Queensland, Australia Dr Diane Allen
Influence of no-tilled organic farming system with cover crops on soil organic matter and weed control Dr Jung-lai Cho
The effect of distance from drainage canals on the characteristics of the inland peat in Central Kalimantan (Case study: Blocking canal and rewetting effect) Dr Fengky Florante Adji
Integrating promising legume cover crop in conservation agriculture practices significantly improve wheat and soil productivity in Tigray, Ethiopian highlands Dr Gebreyohannes Girmay
Trialing recycled organics materials (compost) to improve soils in the beef industry – North Coast NSW Kelvin Langfield
Arsenic mitigation and soil health improvement by using Biochar as a organic amendment Nashir Uddin Mahmud
Possible relationship between silicon versus carbon – a case study in rice and sugarcane soils of Karnataka, India Sabyasachi Majumdar
Environmental effects of growing plants in the crop rotation differing in the amount of organic matter flowing in Dr Dorota Pikuła
Pattern of soil organic matter content in reclaimed tide lands with different reclamation time in Korea Dr Jin-hee Ryu
The effect of ecological restoration on soil organic matter in semi-arid land: A chronosequence study in the Kubuqi Desert Dr Liwei Chai
Pattern of organic residue decomposition in saline soils of Bangladesh Dr Mohammad Ekram Ul Haque
Does higher mineral N stabilize extant soil organic C in grasslands? Dr Tanvir Shahzad
A decadal long assessment of soil carbon, fire and vegetation in the monsoonal tropics of Australia A/Prof. Greg Hancock
Tropical peat properties post repeated fires in Indonesia Nina Yulianti


As organic resource recovery and cycling increase across the globe, organic “wastes” such as biosolids, composts and digestates are increasingly being applied to soils. Here, we discuss the challenges and opportunities such resource streams pose, and how their interactions with soil differ from those of SOM.

Influence of organic amendment, tillage method and crop system on soil organic matter and soil microbial properties in newly organic corn cultivation field Dr Nan-Hee An
Effect of dissolved organic matter from wheat straw biochar on plant growth Dr Rongjun Bian
Biochar produced from water hyacinth in different pyrolysis temperatures as potential P fertlizer Prof. Deborah Dick
Influence of compost and biochar amendments on soil properties and maize yield under tropical conditions Dr Thuy Doan Thu
Optimum input of Vermifilter system in swine wastewater treatment under tropical condition Dr Thuy Doan
Circular use of local biomass for soil fertility in the municipality of Ooststellingwerf Prof. Emiel Elferink
Combined application of synthetic fertilizer and biogas slurry for greater yield and profitability of Tomato Dr Md.Zannatul Ferdous
Upcycling domestic food waste: Optimising success for the home composter Sally Harrison
Does animal manure application improve soil aggregation? Insights from nine long-term fertilization experiments Dr Zichun Guo, Prof. Xinhua Peng
Carbon and nitrogen mineralization dynamics of lignite amended manure during incubation with soil Robert Impraim
Organic amendment and soil fertility status in rice-based cropping systems in Bangladesh Dr Aminul Islam
Seasonal changes in soil bacterial processes associated with C and N cycling in dairy pasture after application of compost and manure Ian Waite
Changes of soil organic carbon in paddy soils from sixty-five years fertilization experiments Dr Myung-sook Kim
Status of soil organic matter and microbial activity as influenced by long-term addition of biomanures, biofertilizers and crop residues in organic rice-based cropping systems Dr Dinesh Kumar
Evaluation of decay rate when reed reduction(Phragmites communis Trin ) for organic matter improvement in Saemangeum reclaimed land Yang-yeol Oh
Formulation and evaluation of organo-mineral fertilizer pellets for soil and plant nutrition in low-carbon soil Prof. Braj Kishore Singh
Towards more efficient carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in European agricultural soils: Circular Agronomics program Dr Alix Vidal
Impact of organic amendments on plant biomass and carbon transfer in the soil Dr Alix Vidal
Contributions of residue-C/-N to plant growth and SOM pools under planted and unplanted conditions Prof. Bingzi Zhao
The responses of soil organic carbon mineralization and microbial communities to crop residue-derived dissolved organic matter (DOM) addition with fresh and aged biochar soil amendments Dr Jufeng Zheng
Short-term decomposition, turnover and retention of residue-derived carbon are influenced by the fertility level in a sandy loam soil Prof. Anning Zhu
Gaseous emissions from lignite amended manure composting process Dr Mei Bai
The effect of lignite and modified coal on nitrogen loss from broiler litter Brendon Costello
Microalgae and phototrophic purple bacteria for nutrient recovery from agri-industrial effluents; influences on plant growth, rhizosphere bacteria, and putative C & N cycling genes Dr Bede Mickan
Effect of biochar combined with silicate application on Cd mobility and translocation in soil and rice Lianqing Li
Challenges and opportunities for making compound fertilizers with biochar and nutrient rich wastes Dr Daniel Rasse
Abiotic and microbial degradation of biochars depend on biochars’ chemistry and temperature under laboratory conditions Dr Muhammad Riaz
Unexpected high mitigation of methane emission via short-term aerobic digestion of cover crop biomass before flooding in rice paddy Hyeon Ji Song
Effect of organic manures application on soil physico-chemical properties of coarse-textured Ultisols and okra productivity in Nsukka, south eastern Nigeria Dr Chukwuebuka Azuka


Over the past decades, the capabilities of instrumentation has increased rapidly both in resolution and throughput. Here we explore the opportunities and discoveries made possible as a result of rapid spectral techniques backed by modern chemometric approaches, and the new discoveries made possible through the application of high-resolution mass spectrometry, synchrotron, and other cutting edge techniques

Aluminium-DOM precipitation: A high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS) study Olaf Brock
Stable isotope techniques: Recent developments in tracing changes in C and N cycling and biodiversity using uniformly 13C-labelled plant materials Dr Ton Gorissen
Subsoil management in agricultural soil: Visualizing the impacts on soil organic carbon stocks and distribution by hyperspectral imaging and machine learning algorithms Dr Julien Guigue
Evaluation of soil organic matter stability by Rock-Eval pyrolysis – Influence of organic content and texture on measured parameters Dr Katell Quenea
Utilizing rapid spectral techniques to assess impacts of agriculture on soil function in pacific soils Dr Uta Stockmann
Field testing labile soil organic carbon using potassium permanganate in tropical soils Dr Wipawan Thaymuang
Plant residues and fungal growth as drivers for microaggregate formation in the detritusphere Dr Alix Vidal
Characterization of soil humic acid reacting with calcium ion and its application Dr Baohua Xiao
22-years long-term fertilizations increase soil organic carbon and alter its chemical composition in three wheat/maize cropping sites across central to south China Professor Minggang Xu,
Xinhua He
Introducing analytical results database (ARDB): Intuitive database management, data visualisation and quality control Dr Kyle William Robert Taylor
Strategies to improve the prediction of organic carbon in bulk soil and fractions from a target region using an existing national mid-IR library Dr Jeff Baldock
Nanoscale chemical imaging of organo-mineral fractions of an andosol (La Martinique, France) Dr Isabelle Basile-Soelsch


Simulation models describing SOM dynamics have been around for decades, and perform roles at levels ranging from the molecular and microbial scale through to global carbon accounts and climate predictions. Recent advances in computing capacity, data availability, and our understanding of biophyiscal processes have led to huge leaps forward in our capability to model across scales. Here, we provide opportunity for recent advances in modelling and data sciences associated with SOM research to be presented.

Plant biomass inputs and soil organic carbon dynamics in woodlands and pastures of central Queensland Stuart Irvine-Brown
Measurement and modelling-induced discrepancies in the long-term contribution of root and added biomass to carbon sequestration in a permanent grassland soil Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Khalil
POM versus MAOM: How a simple distinction can help resolve the SOM riddle Dr Jocelyn Lavallee
The methodology for farm-scale modelling for spatio-temporal prediction of soil carbon sequestration under climate change Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott, Jolene Otway
Multimodal and multimodel approach for estimation of soil organic carbon in agroecosystems Olga Sukhoveeva
Long-term effects of straw removal on soil carbon dynamics in sugarcane cropping systems in south-central Brazil Dr Ricardo Bordonal
Factors controlling long-term organic carbon dynamics in the soils of Germany Dr Andreas Möller


Elemental stoichiometry has been a centrepiece of ecological theory for over 80 years, and forms a central part of many studies into SOM and the models that describe them. Here, we invite talks that explicitly explore relationships between nutrients and SOM processes.

Nutrient availability drives carbon storage in particulate vs. mineral-associated organic matter in Antarctic soils A/Prof. Carsten W. Mueller
Carbon and nitrogen recycling from microbial necromass to cope with C:N stoichiometric imbalance by priming Dr Zhenke Zhu, Dr Jun Cui, Dr Tida Ge, Dr Jinshui Wu
Does soil organic matter stoichiometry varied with agricultural practices on the long-term? Dr Isabelle Bertrand
Soil carbon and nutrient dynamics in high and low fertility pasture soils following cultivation Elizabeth C Coonan
Utilising organic nitrogen: Can plants produce protease enzymes from their roots? Lucy Greenfield
Acceleration in N cycling controlled by aggregate size, moisture, substrate quality and phosphorus fertilization in floodplain soil Dr Muhammad Riaz
Wheat-derived SOC accumulates more than its maize counterpart in nutrients supplied wheat-maize cropping system Dr Xinliang Dong


The fact that SOM delivers multiple ecosystem services is well known. However, there remains a dearth of quantitative information on the value of these services to land managers, agriculture, and broader society, necessary in order to implement the UN SDGs. This session aims to draw together information that elucidates the short- and long-term value of SOM, and the impacts of building or losing this resource on society’s ability to meet the requirements of the SDGs.

Soil organic matter: Ecosystem services, public goods and economic value in post-brexit Wales Prof. Bernard Cosby
Soil organic carbon fractions under smallholder farmer conservation agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa Stuart Irvine-Brown
Soil organic carbon stocks as an indicator of land degradation for Sustainable Development Goal 15 Dr Jacqueline England
The potential of crop genotype selection to enhance soil health and sustainable cycling of SOM Dr Lumbani Mwafulirwa
Farmers, advisers and researchers’ perceptions of soil organic matter Dr Nathan Robinson


Soils are the most complex ecosystem on the planet, and the biological component of them is hugely influential on SOM processes. Presentations are invited which describe the latest research in the field of soil biology and its interactions with SOM.

Soil microbial activity and nutrient dynamics with soil depth, under mixed tree species environmental plantings in NSW, Australia Apsara Amarasinghe
Mineral regulations on microbial necromass accumulation efficiency in soils Yue Cai
Spatial and temporal evolution of detritusphere hotspots at different soil moistures Prof. Claire Chenu
Biological factors controlling soil carbon sequestration after organic amendments in agricultural soils  in Zambia (Africa) Toru Hamamoto
Relationship between soil microbial diversity and its carbon use efficiency under different land-use in Tanzania Hana Kobayashi
Effect of pesticides on earthworm population dynamics in two ecologically different land use systems of Uttarakhand, India Rashi Miglani
Beyond the Rhizosphere: Microbial potential in sub- and bulk vertosols Katherine Polain
Impacts of aridity on soil organic matter and microbial communities using phospholipid fatty acid techniques Athina Puccini
Impacts of biostimulants on soil biological properties and nutrient content of wheat Jenendra Wadduwage
Soil amino acids on association converted to peptide-polypeptide and protein part of humic molecules during humification process Dr Sanjib Kar
Mutual interactions between decaying plant litter, soil microorganisms and mineral particles, controlled by soil texture Kristina Witzgall


Desposition and loss of SOM through erosion and leaching processes can have significant impacts at the local, landscape, and global scale. Here, we seek presentations detailing the latest research into the movement of SOM at any or all of these scales.

Soil organic matter distribution in a floodplain forest Dr Mark Thomas
Examining correlations between organic carbon chemistry and δ15N abundance in soils across an aridity gradient Janine McGowan



7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


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