Nature 156, 227-228 (25 August 1945) | doi:10.1038/156227a0




RUSSIAN translations into English of the names of institutes and journals produce many uncouth phrases, such as “Chemisation of Socialist Agriculture” and others mentioned below, but occasionally they produce a word which we might well take over. Thus ‘agrochemistry’ describes fairly satisfactorily one of the halves into which our old science of agricultural chemistry is splitting up under the influence of increasing specialization. The subject covers crop nutrition and those branches of soil science concerned with soil fertility rather than soil formation and classification. The grand old man of Russian agrochemistry is D. N. Prianischnikow who, with a few other members of the Academy of Sciences, had received the highest Soviet award, Hero of Socialist Labour, a few days before our arrival. We were delighted to find him fitter and more lively in his eightieth year than when he last visited England in 1935 for the Third International Soil Congress at Oxford.