Upcoming Events

Registration for 2016 SERA-17 Meeting is Open

Registration for the annual SERA-17 meeting in November is now open here.

Agenda for the 2016 SERA-17 Meeting in Phoenix, AZ is now available

Registration is $150 until October 21.  This year’s meeting will consist of a reception Wednesday evening and a full day of meetings Thursday. There will be no tour this year.  The conference will be in the Ellis Room of the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix.

We hope to see you there!

The OP2016 Workshop

Videos of the filmed talks presented at the OP2016 Workshop “Organic Phosphorus in the Environment: Solutions for Phosphorus Security” are now available on YouTube.

Please make sure you press the like button and share your favorite ones them within your networks trough Facebook and twitter. The recently added videos are listed below:

  • Dr Daniel Blackburn – Understanding soil phosphorus dynamics at increasing citric and oxalic acid doses
  • Prof. Milko Jorquera – Effect of phosphorus addition on the total bacterial communities and alkaline phosphor-monoesterase‐harboring bacterial populations in the rhizosphere of ryegrass
  • Prof. Gu Feng – Carbon : phosphorus ratio drive bacterium mediated phytate mineralization and competition for phosphorus among plant‐AM fungi and bacteria association
  • Dr Charlie Shand – Effects of citrate on the solubilisation of soil phosphorus
  • Dr Rosalind Dodd – Extreme events and grassland ecosystem function: The impact of flooding on P mobilization
  • Mr Matt Randall – Characterizing Phosphorus Mineralogy, Chemistry, and Speciation in Utah Lake Sediments
  • Dr Katrina A Macintosh – A new framework for lake ecological change due to phosphorus enrichment
  • Keynote speaker ‐ Dr Ben Turner – Organic phosphorus and the ecology of tropical forests

3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on

Effect of Agriculture on the Environment 


The Hague, the Netherlands, 29 May 1 June 2017

Abstract submission will be possible before end June 2016, abstracts are due by 17 October 2016.
More information is on http://www.luwq2017.nl/.

This conference aims to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement. This cycle includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, the process of policy development, interaction with policy makers, stakeholders and pressure groups, policy implementation, monitoring and research. This conference also aims to intensify contacts, on the one hand, between scientists with a background in natural sciences and scientists with a background in social and economic sciences and, on the other hand, between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short, the objectives are:

–  to provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty;

–  to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement;

–  to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.

LuWQ2017 is the follow-up to the successful LuWQ conferences, LuWQ2015 held in Vienna, Austria, in September 2015 and the LuWQ2013 conference held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June 2013.

Community students use SERA-17 for information on sustainable water use

Information on the SERA-17 website provides information to researchers, extension, farm advisors and policy folks across the nation.

Recently the information on our site was used by a group of children at The Brenham Community Center in Brenham, Texas, a town of just over 16,000 people, northwest of Houston.

Denise Chapman, a volunteer at the Center, said, “We’ve been reviewing some resources on the internet for a project about the environment and water conservation and came across your page. We have found it extremely helpful!”

As a thank you, the children sent us another page they found on water conservation. They thought we might want to add it to our site because it has the potential to help us and other visitors learn more about phosphorus in agricultural production.

A link to Water Conservation & The Possibilities site is now on our Links page.

“Generally for all internet research we do, we also tell the group to reach out to the source, or anyone else they get information from and share the additional information with others,” Chapman said. “We like to create a community of sharing knowledge and teaching the children there are real people at the other end of webpages that care about what information is put out there.”

This is clearly the same goal SERA-17 has and for our next generation of Phosphorus Folks to be a part of this process is most rewarding!