Welcome to the ISTRO website
On this site you will find information about the International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO), which focusses on the impact and consequences of various soil tillage (including no-till) practices and from field traffic. More information about the organisation itself can be found on the organisation page.
- Published: 16 June 2021 16 June 2021
June 16th 2021 - The latest version of ISTRO info, the June 2021 issue, is available for download. In this issue:
- ISTRO 2022 conference update
- David McKenzie awarded JA Prescott medal
- 2nd workshop Conservation Tillage working group
- New PhD graduate 3- year membership awarded
- Upcoming meetings and events
- New books
David McKenzie, a long-term ISTRO member, gave a key note address at the SSA/NZSSS Virtual World Soil Day event 2020 as a follow up on being awarded the prestigious JA Prescott medal by Soil Science Australia.
The presentation was entitled “Many ‘soil management generalists’ in Australian agriculture have failed: They require expertise from Soil Science Specialists". David has worked in both soil science research and private consultancy. He has for decades been a leading member of the ISTRO working group F: Visual Soil Evaluation and Examination.
(Photo: David McKenzie demonstrating SOILpak at the ISTRO workshop in Ireland, 2017. Photo by Paul Murphy.)
- Published: 15 March 2021 15 March 2021
While the public health and travel situation remains somewhat uncertain, the local organisers and Board have agreed on new dates for ISTRO2021. The optimism about vaccine development and roll-out seems to have been well founded, but it does remain somewhat uncertain how well the situation will develop.
Despite this, planning for the 22nd ISTRO international Conference (now ISTRO2022) is progressing and the conference will take place from 22-26 May 2022 in Dublin Ireland. The conference organisers will confirm the registration, paper submission and practical details in May/June 2021.
We hope that ISTRO members and their colleagues will be confident to travel and meet safely next year. The theme of the conference remains ‘Soil and tillage and the transition to digital agriculture.’ We will be welcoming contributions on basic and applied soil and tillage research, but we are looking for contributions related to digital agriculture technologies (data, sensors, networking, earth observation, recommender systems and so on) so please encourage colleagues and collaborators to consider presenting their work at ISTRO2022.
Please plan to prepare and submit your contribution to the conference, whether oral presentation or poster as soon as we open the call in the middle of the year. We look forward to seeing as many ISTRO members, their colleague and collaborators in Dublin in 2022!
- Published: 09 March 2021 09 March 2021
March 8th 2021 - The latest version of ISTRO info, the March 2021 issue, is available for download. In this issue:
- Welcome Alvaro, goodbye Loraine
- ISTRO Board election results
- ISTRO 2022 conference update
- The Bulgarian ISTRO branch
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- New Books
The 2021 ballot for ISTRO board positions closed on January 31st 2021. The number of votes received was 67, and the result of the election for the open ISTRO Board positions are as follows: elected as board members were Rachel M.L. Guimaraes, Brazil; Joséphine Peigné, France and Ying Zhao, China. The election also confirmed that Joshua O. Olaoye, Nigeria, takes over as President-elect and that José Dörner, Chile, takes over as Assistant Secretary General.
The new ISTRO Board after the coming General Assembly will be:
- President: Mark Reiter, USA
- President-elect: Joshua O. Olaoye, Nigeria
- General Secretary: Lars J. Munkholm, Denmark
- Assistant Secretary General: José Dörner, Chile
- Treasurer: Stephen A. Prior, USA
General Board members:
- Danijel Jug, Croatia
- Guillermo Siri-Prieto, Uruguay
- Rachel M.L. Guimaraes, Brazil
- Joséphine Peigné, France
- Professor Ying Zhao, China