Matthias Salomon

Dr Matthias Salomon

ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am a post-doctoral researcher working on the optimization of agave production for the Australian agricultural landscape. Agaves are amazing plants as they follow an almost exponential growth trajectory over their lifespan. They can achieve high yields, even on marginal locations, which makes it an ideal candidate for Australia’s environment. Agave may be best known as a raw material for tequila, however, this plant has over 25 different commercial uses. As we learn more about agave, I hope that we can see it being grown on a larger scale throughout Australia.

I was admitted to the degree of doctor in philosophy by the University of Adelaide, after commencing my PhD in soil ecology in 2017. My thesis focuses on soil health in urban agriculture with an emphasis on beneficial microorganisms, such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Recent events highlighted the susceptibility of our metropolitan centres and their reliance on external commodities. Urban agriculture is one promising method to align food production with population density and to increase urban sustainability and community resilience. My work provided quantitative data about the soil health in urban agriculture system which can be used to quantify its potential for food production. I also investigated how this production method can be optimized through incorporating arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as a “bio-fertilizer”.

My research focuses on applied outcomes which can help tackle global issues. I truly believe that agriculture should not be part of the problem, but part of the solution.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Development of innovative nano-structured amendments for improving soil structural stability in alkaline dispersive soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Zeinab Ghasemzadeh
    2022 Co-Supervisor Sustainable Agriculture at Scale: biotechnology, carbon sequestration and nature capital Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Robert George Mason
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Biotechnology for soil carbon sequestration and sustainable agriculture. University of Adelaide - Doctorate - Alexander Mason
  • Position: ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
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  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre, floor Level Two
  • Room: 2.16
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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