School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences
I am a recent PhD graduate of the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. The title of my thesis is "Soil health in urban agriculture with an emphasis on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi", which was supervised by Prof. Timothy Cavagnaro, Dr. Stephanie Watts-Williams and Prof. Michael McLaughlin.
As the world population is going to increase over the next decades and global farmland is becoming more scarce, I do believe that urban agriculture can be an answer to many of our food security problems. Bringing food production back into the city and putting producers and consumers together has many advantages. However, being in an urban environment can be challenging when it comes to soil health.
In my research I analyzed the chemical and biological properties of urban agriculture soils and how we can improve this system. I also looked at a group of little helpers called mycorrhizal fungi. Those fungi live in symbiosis with plant roots and help delivering water and nutrients.
Date Institution name Country Title 2017 - 2021 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2014 - 2016 Technical University Munich, Munich Germany M. Sc. Horticultural Sciences 2011 - 2014 Technical University Munich, Munich Germany B. Sc. Agri- and Horticultural Sciences
Date Title Institution Country 2018 - 2018 International training on in vitro culture of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
Year Citation 2021 Salomon, M. J., Watts-Williams, S. J., McLaughlin, M. J., Brien, C. J., Jewell, N., Berger, B., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2021). Evaluation of commercial composts and potting mixes and their ability to support arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with maize (Zea mays) as host plant. . Waste management (New York, N.Y.), 134, 187-196.
2020 Salomon, M. J., Watts-Williams, S. J., McLaughlin, M. J., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2020). Urban soil health: A city-wide survey of chemical and biological properties of urban agriculture soils. Journal of Cleaner Production, 275, 11 pages.
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2016 Rombach, M., Bitsch, V., Nellen, A., & Salomon, M. (2016). Dumpster diving in Germany. Acta Horticulturae, 1132(1132), 167-174.
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