Articles | Volume 3, issue 3
SOIL, 3, 153–159, 2017
SOIL, 3, 153–159, 2017
Forum article
13 Sep 2017
Forum article | 13 Sep 2017

How Alexander von Humboldt's life story can inspire innovative soil research in developing countries

Johan Bouma

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Bouma, J.: Role of quantitative approaches in soil science when interacting with stakeholders, Geoderma, 78, 1–12, 1997.
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Alexander von Humboldt was an inspiring scientist in the early 1800s, traveling widely, making many measurements, and linking different scientific disciplines while keeping an eye open to the needs of society. This is particularly relevant today in our information society, and researchers in developing countries are advised to follow the von Humboldt example when planning their future research.