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A network of European humus researchers was founded in Trento (Italy) in 2003, gathering 26 specialists from eight European countries. Since then, the group, meanwhile a Unit within the framework of IUFRO and joined by new participants, meets every year in different countries in order to exchange knowledge, discover humus forms in new ecological conditions and making progress in harmonizing humus classification concepts.
In 1992 and 1993 – almost simultaneously – two important humus form classifications were published: one in France (Brethes et al. – Référentiel Pédologique), developed from a long European tradition of research on humus (Kubiena, Duchaufour, Babel, Delecour, etc…); the other in Canada (British Columbia – Green et al.), re-examining the first approximation made by Klinka et al.
Since then, in Europe, several working groups tested these classifications (Fons et al., ...), trying – often – to compare these two methods (Calabrese et al. 1996, …).
However, neither of these proposals is fully applicable on a European scale, since both of them have been elaborated in a limited climatic context:
For this reason, it was thought important to gather some European experts, in order to:
The European experts met in Italy (Trento 2003, San Vito 2005, Cagliari 2007), Austria (Vienna 2004, 2008), Germany (Freiburg, 2004), and France (Nancy 2006, Paris 2009). They published four important syntheses of their work.
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