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Soil Research in Scotland


    AT a Scottish joint meeting of the Chemical Society, Institute of Chemistry and Society of Chemical Industry held in Aberdeen on May 17-18, at which Prof. Alexander Findlay presided, the work being carried out at the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research provided the subject for discussion. Dr. lan M. Robertson read a paper entitled “The Agricultural Utilisation of Peat Land”, in which the geology of peat formation, the physical and biological properties of peat and their relation to land reclamation were described. Members of the three Societies had an opportunity to visit-the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research on May 18, when the Director, Dr. W. G. Ogg, and his staff, described the particular branches of soil research carried out in Scotland. These included geological work on soils, soil survey work, the investigation of soil fertility, and advisory work among farmers.

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