Plant and soil scientists assemble

More than 3,500 scientists, professionals, and students presented their latest research and discussed emerging trends in agriculture, energy, climate change, environmental science, and related issues at the 2009 Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Nov. 1-5 in Pittsburgh, PA.

The meeting’s theme, “Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences,” together with its location in the LEED-certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center underscored this year’s commitment to sustainability.

The ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings program featured daily plenary lectures, nine distinguished lectures, 2,500 oral and poster presentations, an exhibit hall, career center, and other events. A full program, including abstracts of the presentations, is available online,

Some of the highlighted events included:
“Fueling the Resurgence of Our Purpose-Driven Sciences,” Plenary Lecture, Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University and the 2009 World Food Prize recipient.

Plenary Lecture by Roger Beachy, USDA-National Institute of Food & Agriculture,

Intersection of technology and sustainability, Plenary Lecture by Calestous Juma, Harvard.

Soils: A Public Health Threat or Savior, by Ian Pepper, Univ. of Arizona.

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