It is certainly not reasonable to expect researchers to be experts in the finer points of pedology and soil classification, in the same way that the majority of pedologists are not experts in experimental design or aspects of carbon research.
Links between researchers and pedologists have also varied with time, locality and organisation.
Researchers and pedologists need to forge closer links, and funding bodies need to place greater emphasis on the value of full site characterisation, rather than the measurement of small numbers of attributes at sites.
With one clear exception which included a pedologist as an author, no papers contained a comprehensive description of site characteristics (including vegetation, location and soil morphology).
One result of this was that soil classifications were local, each created to represent what the pedologists saw as the main distinctions in the particular regions being mapped.
The aims might have been laudable, but their pursuit was fraught as individual pedologists and schools of thought sought to impose their views on their colleagues, on potential collaborators, and on the world at large.
However, pedologists seldom recognise the key role of contemporary termites in maintaining tropical vegetation-efficient nutrient cycling, enhanced nitrogen fixation, and soil displacement.
Later, these materials, then recognised as soils, were called latosols, following the proposal of American pedologist Charles Kellogg in 1948 (Kellogg 1949).