Professor Erik Braudeau, Honorary Scientist, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France; Adjunct faculty, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University visited FAFS (September 17) and delivered a lecture on "The physical, systemic, and thermodynamic approach as base of the hydrostructural pedology paradigm: implications of its use in agro-environmental studies".
Professor Braudeau discussed hydrostructural pedology as a new discipline that must take its place among other agro-environmental sciences, emphasizing the implications of the systemic approach for the methodologies of soil mapping, soil characterization, and soil modeling in the soil-plant atmosphere system. He presented the ‘notorious’ conceptual advances that his team has made in the physical science of pedostructural water. Professor Braudeau demonstrated how hydrostructural pedology becomes the multidisciplinary meeting place for any scientific discipline whose object of study lies in the physical connection of the soil and its hydrostructural properties. He concluded by addressing the need for a hydrostructural pedology laboratory to supply reliable, relevant data regarding the organization of the soil’s natural environment to the geo-referenced information systems produced by the discipline according to the universal model of the General System.