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Thursday Seminar

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 01:15pm - 02:15pm


A 40-year journey through mud: Past, present, and future

Roland J. Buresh
Principal Scientist, Soil Science

“Mud” for this presentation is defined as “submerged soil,” which, by nature of its saturation, is devoid of oxygen resulting in distinctive biogeochemical processes and a unique environment for plant growth. I had the good fortune to obtain my PhD with Prof. William H. Patrick, Jr., an eminent expert on the biogeochemistry of submerged soils. I will review some of the state of knowledge provided by Dr. Patrick to me 40 years ago as his student, and then through lectures later in his career. Through this, I will explore whether we have followed his scientific legacy by ‘reinventing the wheel’, chipping away at the edges of existing knowledge, or doing more. This will be presented in the context of the opportunities for innovative research and serving as an agent for change, which are provided to a soil scientist by an international organization such as IRRI. I will then outline some thoughts on opportunities for the next generation of research on rice soils.


Havener Auditorium, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, 4030 Laguna, Philippines