American Turf Scientists Participate in Global GeoSciences Conference

For the first time ever, a group of leading American researchers in soil water repellency presented their research at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, held recently in Vienna, Austria, as part of a special 24 paper session on soil water repellency.

Solicited oral papers on amelioration strategies for soil water repellency in turfgrass and agronomic systems were presented by Dr. John Cisar, University of Florida; Dr. Mike Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University; Dr. Stan Kostka, Aquatrols (New Jersey); Dr. Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University; and Dr. Birl Lowery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. These presentations allowed U.S. turf and soils research related to soil water repellency to be introduced to scientists and individuals from other countries also working on understanding and managing soil water repellency as it occurs all over the world.

The session entitled “Soil Water Repellency: origins, environmental controls and hydrological impacts” was one of the largest individual sessions of the entire EGU General Assembly, with approximately 8,000 people in attendance. More information on this session can be obtained from the Conveners: Dr. Stefan Doerr, University of Wales Swansea (; and Dr. Coen Ritsema, Alterra, The Netherlands (

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