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    The State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture was established on the Laboratory of Material Cycling in Pedosphere, Chinese Academy of Sciences, which was established and ratified in 1987 and has been kept open ever since.  The Academic Committee of the laboratory, with Academician Prof. Daoji Cai serving as its chairman, is composed of 15 members. Among its permanent staff, the lab has 2 academicians, and 16 research fellows, and 13 of them are tutors of Ph. D postgraduates. Besides, there are 13 post-doctors working in its post-doc station, and 44 Ph. D. students and 30 M.S. students pursuing their degrees in the lab.
  The laboratory is mainly oriented towards studying: 1) evolution of soil resources under intensive human activities and strategies for prevention of their degradation, establishment of a soil resources information system and realization of digital management of the soil resources; 2) soil nutrient supply and principles for and approaches to regulating plant nutrition, set-up a technical system for agricultural cleaner production high in efficient utilization of water and fertilizer; 3) soil pollution and theories and technologies for remediation of polluted soils to ensure soil environment quality; and 4) relations between soil use and environmental changes to explore models for harmonized development of the agriculture and environment.
    Being a training base for senior researchers in soil science of the country, the laboratory has already turned out a large group of elitists devoted to researches in the fields of soil, agriculture and environment. It is well equipped with advanced experimental instruments, apparatuses and research facilities. The three fields stations affiliated to the Institute of Soil Science (the Henan Fengqiu State Agricultural Ecological Experiment Station, Jiangxi Yingtan Red Soil Ecological Experiment Station, and Jiangsu Changshu Agricultural Ecology Experiment Station) serve as its platforms for field research and bases for transformation, demonstration and extrapolation of its research findings. The laboratory has always been ready to heartily welcome soil scientists, especially outstanding young ones at home and abroad to get aboard.



State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture: Nanjing, 210008, P. R. China
Tel: 86-25-86881028, 86-25-86881021, Fax: 86-25-86881028
E-mail: zccai@issas.ac.cn , LLZHU@issas.ac.cn
  Since its establishment, the laboratory has undertaken and accomplished over 60 major research projects and international cooperative research projects sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Presently the lab is engaged in research on “Quality evolution and sustainable utilization of soils”; “Law of the variation of the soil and atmospheric environmental quality in the Changjiang and Zhujiang River Deltas and principles for its regulation and control”; “Nitrogen behaviors in major farmland eco-systems and efficient utilization of N fertilizers”; “Rice/what FACE in China”; “Regional environment processes of typical micro organic pollutants”; “Relationship between cycling of soil carbon in farmland and global change’; “Assessment of heavy metal pollution of soils and their phytoremediation”; “Precision cultivation”; “New types of fertilizers”; “N and P interface translocation in farmland eco-systems and its environmental effect”; “Genetic classification and eco-function evaluation of urban soil resources”, etc.

Key staff members and major research fields

Evolution and Sustainable Use of Soil Resources (Professors Shi Xuezheng, Zhang Ganlin, and Chen Jie)
Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrients (Professors Zhou Jianmin, Zhang Jiabao, Shi Weiming, Shen Renfang, Yin Bin, and Hu Zhengyi)
Soil Pollution and Remediation (Professors Luo Yongming, Jiang Xin, and Zhou Dongmei)
Soil Use and Environmental Change (Professors Cai Zucong, Zhu Jianguo)