World Soil Day, 5 December

Children's booklet contest on salt-affected soils - Winners announced!

In the framework of World Soil Day (WSD) 2021, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) are launching a scientific children's booklet contest on salt-affected soils with the motto "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity". 

IUSS and FAO's GSP received 27 books from 14 countries for the contest, which was  very successful in giving visibility to the importance of the fight against soil salinization and raising awareness on the urgency of protecting healthy soils. 

Well-wishings to the winners and finalists and a heartfelt thank you to all participants!

And the winners are...

  1. The first prize goes to "The Beetles: a Salty Soil Journey" by Teresa Porter, Franco López Campomane, Lewis Fausak from University of British Columbia, Canada;
  2. The second prize goes to "Earth's Extraordinary Soil for All Living Organisms. Learning, thinking and acting!" by Marcela Bianchessi da Cunha Santino, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil; 
  3. The third prize goes to "Why can't crops be grown in the fields?" by Song Zikang, China University of Geosciences, People's Republic of China.

The ten finalists

1st PRIZE: The Beetles. A Salty Soil Journey

Teresa Porter, Franco López Campomane, Lewis Fausak from University of British Columbia, Canada.

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2nd Prize: Earth's Extraordinary Soil for All Living Organisms. Learning, thinking and acting!

Marcela Bianchessi da Cunha Santino, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil.

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3rd PRIZE: Why can't crops be grown in the fields?

Song Zikang, China University of Geosciences, People's Republic of China.

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Cookie's Apple Dream

Frederick Dadzie.

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Get out of here, salinity, leave my soil alone

Adriana de Fátima and Rivaldo Vital.

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Solinho in the Caatinga. Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity

Antonio Azevedo.

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Learning about soil salinization

Juan Camilo Fontalvo Buelvas.

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The History of Rocky, the Soil

Bruna Vicente.

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Soil salinization. Halt soil salinity, Boost soil productivity

Peng Bo, Huang Hua Xiang, Tang Boyu, Wang Yang, Wu Ke, Zhang Jiatong.

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Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity - The saline-alkaline soil in aliens' eyes

Wencan Zhang.

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Recognition is given to the following entries..

The adventures of Lumbricus and Xenylla on the saline soil

Gabriela Silvia Fernandez, INTA AER Perico- UNJu, Argentina.

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Say NO to soil salinization

Hong Kwong, Heilongjiang University; XiaoYu Xia, Sun Yat-sen University; MengLu Chen, Shenzhen University; JieXi Li, Henan University of Economics and Law;Shi Shen, University of Science and Technology Beijing; Beijing Normal University, Shu Pang, Hong Kong Baptist University, United International College. People's Republic of China

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Soil salinization. Bane of soil

Pushpajeet Choudhari.

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The soil boosters against salinization

Mehrnoush Eskandari Torbaghan.

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Reversing salinity, Preserving soil

Tirunima Patle.

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The Story of Salt in Soil

Wajira Balasooriya Lekamalage.

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The fun soil profiles in: How to reduce soil salinization to increase productivity

Adriana Ribon.

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Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity. Soil salinity in the classroom

Cristina Lull Noguera.

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Boosting yield with energetic soils

Kavita Deshmukh.

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Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

Bindeliya Guo.

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Focus on soil

Tian Tian Xie.

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Prevent soil salinization, improve ecosystem functions

Laiming Huang Huang.

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