Soil organisms carry out many of the ecosystem functions that enable life on land. They contribute to soil formation, nutrient recycling and exchange, water supply, flood mitigation, storage of soil carbon, absorption and emission of greenhouse gases, development of biochemical and medical products and control of pests and diseases.
The soil biology special interest group was formed in 2017 to bring together soil scientists, entomologists, microbiologists, ecologists, taxonomists, naturalists, farmers, agronomists, conservationists and others with an interest in understanding the ecology, diversity and function of soils. We aim to support anyone working on any soil taxa, but are particularly interested in integrating an understanding of microbes and plants with larger soil fauna such as mites, springtails and earthworms.
Our developing group aims to provide a range events of interest from small-scale regional workshops and meetings up to large-scale international conferences, as well as providing other opportunities for knowledge exchange, such as webinars or training days for soil organisms identification.