Seminar ‘Geophysics & Agriculture: the perfect match?’ on January 31st, 2020

Agrogeophysics is an emerging research field. What are the applications, potential and future research needs? Come and discover with us.

About this Event

The challenges in agriculture are enormous. We have to produce enough food while safe-guarding our environment for future generations. A better understanding of the nature of underlying processes and interactions in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum of our agro-ecosystems is crucial. Geophysical tools have the potential to characterize and quantify these processes non-invasively from plot to landscape scale. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain for geophysical results to be fully exploited by decision-makers and other scientific communities. In this seminar, we will explore ongoing research in the field of agrogeophysics, discuss potential applications and highlight future research needs.

Register here.

Programme

Thursday 30/1/2020
19:00 Pre-conference dinner in Brussels (place to be confirmed)

Friday 31/1/2020

8:15-9:00 Registration of participants & coffee
9:00-9:10 Welcome word
9:10-9:40 Mihai Cimpoiascu A quantitative link between undisturbed soil pore architecture and time-lapse electrical resistivity measurements of pore fluid content
9:40-10:10 Sathyan Rao Studying signatures of roots from non-invasive electrical measurements
10:10-10:40 Edmundo Placencia To be confirmed
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:30 Guillaume Blanchy Geophysical monitoring for crop phenotyping
11:30-12:00 Benjamin Mary To be confirmed
12:00-13:30 Lunch break + posters
13:30-14:00 Maximilian Weigand To be confirmed
14:00-14:30 Eve Daly The role of geophysics in sustainable agriculture and the protection of groundwater resources in Ireland
14:30-15:00 Cosimo Brogi To be confirmed
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Lidong Ren The use of EMI to assess soil compaction
16:00-16:30 Christian Von Hebel To be confirmed
16:30-17:00 Sarah Garré Geophysics for agriculture? To the roots!
17:30-19:00 Closing drink and finger food

Venue

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Auditorium PhV, Building 48 on campus map
Avenue Maréchal Juin
5030 Gembloux
Belgium

Parking: 3 (or Parking senghor 7 also nearby)
Train station at 10 min. by foot

Accomodation

Nearby hotel: Hôtel les 3 Clés

Easy train connections from Namur (ca. 10min) or Brussels (ca. 30min) where options are available for accomodation.

Organizers

Sarah GARRE – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

with support from
ENVITAM doctoral school
Soil Science Society of Belgium (SSSB) – Topical committee II. Soil physics and hydrology

POTENTIAL project closing event | March 17th, 2020

Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and nitrogen fertilization in Potato

The objective of the POTENTIAL project  was to increase N and water utilization in potato by co-scheduling of fertilizer N and irrigation water. The results  demonstrate high potential to combine different remote sensing data in a complementary approach to determine spatio-temporarily the fertilization and irrigation needs of potato. Results of the POTENTIAL project are summarized in a manual with guidelines  for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato which is presented at a seminar on 17/03/2020 at The Palace of the Royal Academies in Brussels

13.30  – 16:00  Presentation “Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato”

with contributions from •Pieter Janssens and Sofie Reynaert (Bodemundige Dienst van België) •Isabelle Piccard and Klaas Pauly (VITO) •Sarah Garre (Université de Liège) •Johan Booij and Jan Kamp (Wageningen university and research) •Christian Von Hebel (forzungszentrum julich) •Mathias Neumann Andersen, Kiril Manevski and Kirstin Koerup  (Aarhus university) •

16:00 – 17:00 Reception 

Soil & Wine – Thematic day 2019 #TD2019

What is terroir? Does soil determine what we taste in wine? What does that mean for Belgian wines?
Touch, taste and find the answers on these questions and much more during  the next SSSB thematic day on December 4th, 2019 in Louvain-la-neuve.

Keynote speakers

The Impact of Terroir on wine production: wine-growing aœnological potential in Belgium – by Bruno Delvaux, Vincent Dienst & Charles Vander Linden (UCLouvain, Château Bousval)

Monitoring of water status in the soil-vine-atmosphere system: evaluation of the water constraint at Château de Bousval
– by Louis Delval, Marion Trigaux & Clemence Becker (UCLouvain)
How to express terroir in original belgian wines? A case study at the Domaine du Chenoy

– by Jean-Bernard & Pierre-Marie Despatures (Domaine du Chenoy)

Soil and wine – in the field!

Visit to the ‘Château de Bousval’ vineyards with examinations of the soil profiles in a toposequence. This evaluation of the profiles will be paired with tasting of two Chardonnay 2018 harvested at the top and bottom of that very toposequence!

Registration and call for poster abstracts

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis as the number of participants will be limited.

Practical information

Check-in and departure: Auditorium S01, Croix du Sud, Louvain-Neuve (Parking 20)

08:15 Welcome, registration and coffee: Auditorium Sud 01, Croix du Sud, Louvain-Neuve
08:50 Departure by bus to the vineyard Château Bousval
Meeting points: Auditorium Sud 01, 8:45; Croix du Sud Parking 20, 08:50
09:20 Vineyard Château Bousval. Welcome by Ir. Vincent Dienst
Soil toposequence: examination of two soil profiles with distinct hydric properties and thus different levels in water constraint (boots are recommended)
Wine degustation: links between water constraint and wine quality
12:00 Board meeting for SSSB board members, Salle du Décanat AGRO, Croix du Sud
Free time for other participants: sandwiches available at the Bar Agro, Sud 01
14:00 Key note: The Impact of Terroir on wine production: wine-growing and oenological potential in Belgium by Bruno Delvaux, Vincent Dienst, Charles Vander Linden
14:40 Soil survey for land evaluation and rootstock selection in viticulture in Belgium by Sofie Reynaert
15:00 Soil properties, water constraint and quality in Belgian viticulture. Case study of Château Bousval by Louis Delval
15:20 Coffee break and poster session
15:45 Key note: How to express terroir in original Belgian wines? Case study of the Domaine du Chenoy by Jean-Bernard & Pierre-Marie Despatures
16:20 High-resolution subsurface imaging using ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction for optimal management of vineyards by Sébastien Lambot
16:40 Announcement for the SSSB International Spring Excursion in 2020: Linking Terroir and Soils to Wine Typicity and Quality, Burgundy, France by Bruno Delvaux
16:45 Concluding remarks

Organizer: Prof. Bruno Delvaux
for the Soil Science Society of Belgium

Thematic day 2018: Biogeochemical cycles and their role in the Earth system

What? Thematic day on “Biogeochemical cycles and their role in the Earth system”
When? November 21st, 2018
Where? Palace of the Royal Academies, Brussels

Description. Biogeochemical cycles are characterized by geo, i.e. physical and chemical transformations of an element on earth; bio, i.e. a cycle involves at least one biotic process; and cycle, because element species produced in one process are eventually consumed in a subsequent process. Biogeochemistry is, therefore, an interdisciplinary discipline that includes physical, chemical, and biological process that contribute to the functions and values of ecosystems on Earth.

Biogeochemical cycles fulfill key functions that are critically important to maintain life on Earth. These functions include: storage and use of radiation energy the Earth receives (CO2 fixation); and recycling of material, which allows the biosphere to use the same element over and over again. The elements studied in biogeochemical cycles depend on the scientific question to pursue, but in soil science we are merely interested in biogeochemical cycles because of the role they play defining the interaction between livings systems (e.g. plants, microorganisms) and the abiotic environment (e.g. soils, rocks). Major and minor elements are considered as essential or beneficial depending on their role in terrestrial biosphere functioning.

The interplays between elements (C, N, P, S and Fe, Mn, Si, Ca, Mg, K) are however are however central for understanding the role of biogeochemical processes on global balance of elements. The interdisciplinarity nature of biogeochemistry becomes obvious in various research lines, such as: catchment and river monitoring, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem functioning, biosphere-atmosphere exchange in a global change era, (global) nutrient cycles and their interactions, isotope systems, etc.

Keynote by Prof. Steven Bouillon (KULeuven) and Prof. Pascal Boeckx (UGent):
Congo basin biogeochemical cycles: linking terrestrial and aquatic processes’

 

 

We invite oral and poster submissions that studied biogeochemical cycles in soil systems, but highly encourage submissions that show interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere, thereby highlighting the key role of biogeochemical cycles for the Earth system. 

Please proceed to abstract submission and registration here.
Deadline for submission: October 19th, 2018.

Price?
SSSB member: 5 Euro
Non-member:
-Thematic Day only: 20 Euro
-Thematic day + Membership for 2019: 40 Euro

Excursion 2019: Soil in the City

Soil in the city: man shaping the Ghent urban landscape, hydrology and soils

The annual excursion of SSSB of 2019 will take place on 24th of May in Ghent.Eventbrite - Soil in the City | Field tripDuring the excursion, we will move to a habitat unknown to many soil scientists: the city. Although Flanders is highly urbanised, the urban soilscape remains a blind spot in our soil science knowledge. During this excursion, we will explore how man, throughout history, has shaped, and is still shaping the landscape, hydrology and soils of the city of Ghent. The excursion stops will take us to different historic parts of Ghent that testify to the various interactions between humans, soil, landscape, and hydrology, and illustrate how this influences ecosystem service delivery.

Join us on the excursion to reflect on how we can characterize, evaluate and manage our urban soilscape, and this against the stunning scenery of the city of Ghent! Subscription here.

International excursion 2018: Soils and land use in the upper Rhine graben and cuesta landscapes

The International SSSB excursion 2018  will be hosted by our German colleagues from Hohenheim University, Baden- Württemberg: May 21st – 25th,  2018

We will witness soilscapes and land use developed in unique geomorphological landscapes related to the Rhine River graben and its related cuesta landscapes. The geological setting comprise strata varying from old granites, Jurassic  clays and sandstone, to more recent mid-rift volcanics and loess. Together with altitude differences ranging from 100 to 1500 meters above sea level, ingredients are present for a myriad of soil types to evolve. Together with scholars from Hohenheim University our Belgian participants will be in a position to explore these soilscapes and land use and above all reflect on land use, sustainability in a perspective of cultural history.

More information and photo report here.