Maria C. Hernandez Soriano

KU LeuvenBelgium

Dr. Maria C. Hernandez-Soriano, PhD, received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2006, where she also completed a MS in Agricultural Sciences in 2007. She carried out her thesis studies within an international agreement between the High Council for Scientific Research in Spain, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, under the supervision of Dr MD Mingorance, Dr A. Peña and Prof. E. Smolders, receiving a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering in June 2009. Dr Hernandez-Soriano has been awarded with a significant number of fellowships, including a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research in North Carolina State University, under the supervision of Prof. D. Hesterberg. She has made a significant number of research contributions that were published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals in the area of Soil Science, Environmental Sciences, and Chemistry. Her work has been presented internationally in more than 20 conferences. Currently, she holds a Research Position at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she focus in gaining insights into the composition and molecular characterization of organic matter.

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Natural processes and human activities alter the properties and quality of soils over time. Nowadays, the growing interest in soil protection prompts abundant research to estimate soil quality in wide-ranging environmental scenarios. The assessment of soil quality entails the evaluation of the capability of a soil to perform its functions in present scenarios but also how those functions can be preserved for future land use. Currently, soil processes, physical, chemical, and biological properties are recognized as indicators to estimate soil quality. Soil processes and current trends in quality assessment provides a wide depiction of current research conducted in soil quality assessment, encompassing general studies on soil processes, evaluation of significant indicators of soil quality such as soil organic matter dynamic and soil-plant interaction, while presenting diverse strategies for soil fitness amelioration.

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