21/10/2013 Giving soils a second chance Nesrine Chaali, Tunisia - Ali Tamween Ajeel, Iraq The opportunity to complete the studies in another Country helps loosing your accent, modifies your point of view and widens your mind. Even if heavily contaminated with pollutants like hydrocarbures, soils can be recovered and given back to life. Different techniques exist to wash soils, recovering from them pollutants and restoring the natural balances of components. During their research, the two scientists, are studying the behaviour of pollutants inside the soil, with direct measures using in situ sensors. Their study can help validating standard models used to estimate soil recovery. A second application of their studies is in investigating the response of crops to soil salinity, passing from simple selection of resistant varieties to the study of plant response to salt and the strategies to reduce its concentration.