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: 11 November 2019 11 November 2019
November 11th 2019 - The latest version of ISTRO info, the October 2019 issue, is available for download.
In this issue:
- Editorial: Soils on the agenda
- Sharing World Soil Day experiences
- Blair McKenzie co-editor of Soil & Tillage Research
- News on Soil and Tillage Research
- Dr (Bob) Zhiwei Zeng awarded 3-year membership
- Vacant PhD positions at University of Guelph
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- News books
In the picture on the left Bruce Ball (l) and Blair Mckenzie (r) doing visual soil evaluation.
Blair has accepted the position of co-editor of Journal Soil and Tillage Research, next to his research position at the James Hutton Institute.
Blair about becoming co-editor: "I hope that adding the co-editorship Soil & Tillage Research to my role in ISTRO can work for the good of both parties. I have always believed that the strong link with Soil & Tillage Research was one of the scientific strengths of ISTRO. The combination of a research organisation and a scientific journal is something that is not common and delivers important synergy. Along with the other editors of Soil & Tillage Research, I will be looking to the ISTRO community to continue to contribute to this link by responding positively to invitations to conduct reviews for the journal whenever possible. If anyone wants to contact me on this or anything to do with ISTRO, you are always welcome."
- Published: 06 September 2019 06 September 2019
September 6th, 2019 - The PhD thesis of James Barr has been added to the Dissertation repository of the ISTRO website, and can be downloaded in the disserations section. James has defended his thesis in June 2018. He has presented his thesis content on the ISTRO conference in Paris in 2018. The thesis has the title 'Optimising bentleg opener geometry for higher speed no-till seeding'.
The introduction of the thesis reads: Narrow openers commonly used in Australian no-tillage seeding operations cause excessive soil disturbance which typically limit speed to 8-9 km h-1. In this thesis, the low disturbance bentleg opener is investigated for its use in high speed no-tillage seeding. The discrete element method (DEM) of modelling is used to optimise performance and develop bentleg openers for integrated use in bentleg seeding systems.
- Published: 26 August 2019 26 August 2019
August 28th 2019 - The latest version of ISTRO info, the July - August 2019 issue, is available for download.
In this issue:
- Harvest time in Northern Europe - an editorial by Lars J. Munkholm,
- News on the 2021 and 2024 ISTRO conferences,
- News on Soil & Tillage research,
- PhD defence of Maricke van Leeuwen,
- ISTRO website update,
- Cover crop meeting in the US,
- New ISTRO president elect, Mark Reiter.
In the picture above Dr. Mark Reiter, associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Soils and Nutrient Management, located at the Virginia Tech Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center on the Delmarva Peninsula in Painter, VA. Mark is the new ISTRO president elect. (photo: Ursula Deitch).