School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
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 2022 Salomon, M. J., Demarmels, R., Watts-Williams, S. J., McLaughlin, M. J., Kafle, A., Ketelsen, C., . . . van der Heijden, M. G. A. (2022). Global evaluation of commercial arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculants under greenhouse and field conditions. Applied Soil Ecology, 169, 11 pages.
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2022 Salomon, M. J., Watts-Williams, S. J., McLaughlin, M. J., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2022). Spatiotemporal dynamics of soil health in urban agriculture. Science of the Total Environment, 805, 12 pages.
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2022 Salomon, M. J., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2022). Healthy soils: The backbone of productive, safe and sustainable urban agriculture. Journal of Cleaner Production, 341, 12 pages.
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 Manag, 134, 187-196.
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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.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 External Supervisor Do Different Mulching Regimes Affect the Microbiota, Sugar Profiles and Growth of Agave? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thi Hong Linh Mai
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