Dr. JOHN DIGHTON (professor, CFAS-biology) spent two weeks in China this spring, when he presented a lecture on the role of soil fungi in nutrient and pollutant dynamics to a graduate class in the Beijing Forest University. In his role as president of the Soil Ecology Society, he co-organized and participated in a workshop on “Soil Ecology Developments and International Co-operations” at the Agricultural University of Nanjing. He then chaired a session on “Soil Ecology and Secondary Metabolites” and presented a paper titled “Effects of Forest Post Harvest Residues and Soil Disturbance on Soil Ecology” at the BIT’s First Annual World Congress of Biodiversity in Xi’An.