World Soil Day, 5 December

Glinka World Soil Prize | 4th edition

Xu Minggang won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2019

Xu Minggang, Director and Professor, South Subtropical Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) and Professor (Soil Science) and Research Leader, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China has been awarded with the Glinka World Soil Prize for his outstanding contribution and work on sustainable soil management.

Doctor Minggang, with over 30 years of research, has made a significant contribution towards the application of sustainable soil management practices under intensified agricultural systems, not only in his home country China, but globally. His continuous efforts and research results, particularly in carbon sequestration, preventing soil acidification, improving soil organic matter content and soil fertility,  have been used extensively throughout all China and translated into national policies. The results of his research on soil fertility have been extended to a total of 39.8 million hectares soils, with  increased crop yields generating an annual income of 4.7 billion US$  for rural communities over the last 15 years. In China, his achievements are illustrated by 260 scientific articles and had a positive impact on food security for over 1.4 billion people. The award of the Glinka World Soil Prize 2019 confirms Doctor Xu as one of the leading soil scientists in China and worldwide

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