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King Saud UniversityThe Department of Soil Science at the College of  Food and Agriculture Sciences has organized a series of public lectures by Dr. Nicolas Brüggemann, a visiting professor from the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, a research arm of Germany's Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich Research Centre).

The first lecture, The water cycle – from the global to the plant scale, took place on Monday February 20 at 11 AM, and provided the audience with a broad overview of the water cycle, from global water fluxes down to the level of plant cells.

The lecture emphasized how water is becoming the most limiting factor for agricultural production and how farmers must ultimately adapt their agricultural practices accordingly and choose species and varieties, which are more drought‐tolerant and which have a higher water use efficiency.

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The second lecture, entitled Trace gas emissions from different systems and soils Carbon, is taking place on Tuesday, February 21 at 10 AM. As opposed to the more commonly studied man-made greenhouse gases (GHG), Dr. Brüggemann will give some insight into what we know about terrestrial GHG ecosystems.

The third lecture, entitled Carbon, oxygen and nitrogen isotope fluxes in the plant‐soil atmosphere system, will be held on Saturday at 10:00 AM. This lecture will discuss the terrestrial biosphere's contribution to global water, carbon and nitrogen cycles.

Note that all lectures will be held in the Food and Agriculture College's main theatre (room 2A 48).

In other news, the Cultural Committee at the Department of Plant Production, under the leadership of Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Alderfasi, recently held an introductory lecture on The use of the statistical program SAS to analyze data. The session was conducted by Dr. Khalid Ahmed Mustafa.

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