Current PhD students:

Olivia Brunton (based at CSIRO Canberra and Charles Sturt University)

Project: The potential benefits of dual placement phosphorus fertiliser application to south-eastern Australian crop species.

Completed PhD students:

2021: Matthias Salomon (co-supervised by A/Prof Tim Cavagnaro and Prof Mike McLaughlin)

Project: The role of mycorrhizas in urban agriculture systems.

2021: Cuc Tran (co-supervised by A/Prof Tim Cavagnaro and Dr Ron Smernik)

Project: The impact of arbuscular mycorrhizas on nitrogen and phosphorus cycling and leaching in soil.

2021: Hue Ngo (co-supervised by A/Prof Tim Cavagnaro)

Project: Optimising phosphate supply to plant by adding mixture of organic and inorganic P sources, and the effect on mycorrhizal colonisation.

2020: Binh Tran (co-supervised by A/Prof Tim Cavagnaro)

Project: The effect of arbuscular mycorrhizas on the growth and nutrition of important food crops.


Binh (left) and Matthias (right) harvesting plants in the lab

Field shot

Hue, Matthias and Cuc collecting soil in regional South Australia

Masters of Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology) students (2018):

Ms Diem Nguyen

Project: The interaction between soil Zn, P, and mycorrhizal inoculation on Medicago truncatula nutrition and gene expression.

Mr Ahmed Al-Mutairi

Project: How do different barley cultivars varying in zinc deficiency tolerance respond to mycorrhizal inoculation?


Diem and Ahmed preparing seeds in the lab