The Graduate Program in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition aims to complement and enhance the training of undergraduate students and stimulate research, extension and scientific education in the areas of 1) Soil physics, degradation processes and land recovery, 2) soil biodiversity and soil-plant-microorganisms interactions, 3) pedogenesis and soil geography, 4) nutritional plant management, agronomic efficiency and impacts of fertilizer, waste and effluents use in agriculture, 5) soil organic matter and substances dynamics and potentially toxic elements in the soil.
The program trains professionals to develop the necessary skills to work in teaching and research institutions, both in private or public institutions dealing with agribusiness and environmental issues, providing the students with a suitable understanding of the physical, chemical, morphological, mineralogical and biological properties of soil and corresponding plant interaction.
The main objectives of the program are forming human resources in a graduate-degree level and developing the main activities of the University from a multi and interdisciplinary perspective in the area of knowledge on soil science and plant nutrition, addressing soil-plant-water-atmosphere related issues.
Master and Doctor in Sciences, major in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
The graduate program in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition is accredited by CAPES, a governmental organization which is responsible for assessing and accrediting higher education institutions in Brazil, with a grading scale ranging 1-7, where 7 is the maximum score. In the most recent triennial assessment (2010-2012), the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition program scored 7.
Digital library of theses and dissertations
Theses and dissertations defended at the University of São Paulo starting in 2001 have been made available for online research and download. The project is associated with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), sponsored by UNESCO and provides the option of browsing the Soil Science and Plant Nutrition program catalog by thesis, dissertation, author or college.