Training, Soil and Water Management & Crop NutritionThe Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Subprogramme of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture plays an important role in the training of technical staff and scientists from Member States in the use and application of nuclear and related techniques and in the analyses of stable isotopes. Training is carried out in the Soil and Water management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory at the FAO/IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory, Seibersdorf. Training comes in individual or group fellowships, scientific visits, national, regional or interregional training courses, workshops or meetings.

Training, Soil and Water Management & Crop NutritionA range of topics relating to soil and water management and crop nutrition are being covered. They include the use of fallout radionuclides to assess erosion and sedimentation processes; field estimation of soil water content, water balance and water use efficiency using different soil water monitoring equipment; use of isotopes of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen to evaluate crop tolerance to drought and salinity; determine biological nitrogen fixation, improve fertilizer management, assess soil organic carbon dynamics and separate soil evaporation from evapotranspiration etc.

Application forms for fellowships, scientific visits, and nominations for training courses, can be obtained at

Training courses conducted in 2017

  • Regional training course on ‘Use of advanced nuclear and related tools for agricultural water management’ organized under Regional TCP RAF5071 ‘Enhancing Crop Nutrition and Soil and Water Management and Technology Transfer in Irrigated Systems for Increased Food Production and Income Generation (AFRA)’, Seibersdorf, 3 – 14 July 2017.

Training courses conducted in 2016

Training, Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition

  • - Training course on “The Use of Stable Isotope Techniques for Improving Nitrogen Management”, 25 July - 5 August 2016, Seibersdorf, Austria, as part of the celebration of the 2016 International Year of Pulses.
  • - Regional Training Course on "The Use of Short-lived Fallout Radionuclides (e.g. 7Be) for Evaluating Soil Erosion/Sedimentation Magnitudes and the Effectiveness of Soil Conservation", organized in the frame of Regional Technical Cooperation Project “Enhancing Regional Capacities for Assessing Soil Erosion and the Efficiency of Agricultural Soil Conservation Strategies through Fallout Radionuclides (RAF5075)”, 17 - 28 October 2016, SWMCN Laboratory, Seibersdorf, Austria.
    (Technical Officers: Emil Fulajtar and Lionel Mabit).

Training, Soil and Water Management & Crop Nutrition