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The Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSAS), was founded in 1953, as a successor to the former Soil Division of the National Geological Survey of China, which was established in 1930. Being the cradle of modern soil sciences in China, the ISSAS has been in charge of promoting the agricultural development and ecological environmental development in China. It has attracted and trained a large number of talented soil scientists, who have carried out a series of important research projects by fully utilizing China’s rich soil resources. The ISSAS has gradually developed into a powerful and influential international research center with a complete suite of sub-disciplines of soil sciences, as well as a training base for senior scientists. Today the institute enjoys a respectable reputation both domestically and overseas.

The institute aims to solve the vital problems on agricultural development, ecological conservation and environmental protection, and to promote the development of soil sciences. During these years, to build itself into a world-class research center of soil science and make major contributions to the academic progress and national growth of China, the ISSAS strives to push the strategic planning of "One Three Five" and “Four First” action plan. In 2018, the ISSAS accomplished the overall goal of “Feature Institutes”with outstanding achievements.



A Group Photo of Colleagues from the Former Soil Division of the National Geological Survey of China










                                                     The Beautiful Work Environment at The Institute