Joint Research Centre - European Commission

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Life beneath our feet: research on biodiversity in our soils

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) will host a symposium on soil biodiversity at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago on 15 February 2009. The session will present an overview of current understanding in the field and attempt to explain the various pressures 'life in our soils' is currently under, with an analysis of recent developments that have enhanced our understanding of this crucial, yet unknown ecosystem. The challenges faced by the research community in its support for the sustainable use of this critical, non-renewable natural resource will also be addressed.