The Victorian branch of Soil Science Australia holds a regular program of events and activities which include meetings in regional centres. The annual lecture is the GW Leeper Memorial Lecture.
The branch provides support to students to attend the National Soils Conference, the World Congress of Soil Science and the National Soil Judging Competition.
The Victorian branch by-laws are available here.
President: Dr Samantha Grover CPSS
Vice President: Dr Gary Clark CPSS
Secretary: Ms Rebecca Mitchell
Treasurer: Dr Clayton Butterly CPSS
Committee members: Bhawana Bhatta, Temma Carruthers-Taylor, Brendon Costello, Tina Gao, Hannah Mikkonen, Tony Patti, Zhenzhen Yan.
The Victorian branch selected the Mottled Brown Sodosol as their State Soil. Also known as Yellow or Brown Duplex soils, Mottled Brown Sodosols are widespread across Victoria, predominantly in the 450 - 800 mm rainfall zone. They are used mainly for dairying and grazing, but increasingly land use is changing to cropping in the south-west.
These soils have yellow to brownish yellow coloured upper subsoil horizons that are usually mottled due to variable and restrictive drainage conditions. They generally have a bleached subsurface (A2) horizon leached of most of its nutrients and often waterlogged as water builds up on top of the dispersive subsoil after heavy rains.