juan solomon

Juan Solomon

Associate Professor


My research work focusses on understanding and unraveling the intricacies associated with grassland ecology, management, and utilization.

  • Developing and promoting sustainable pastoral-based feeding systems for ruminant livestock production with emphasis on grazing management, systems, and forage quality evaluations.
  • Screening forage crops for key adaptive traits, namely drought  tolerance and water use efficiency for both improved and native forages in semiarid conditions.
  • Evaluation of alternative forage crops for semiarid conditions.
  • Studying grassland's role in the provision of ecosystems services and nutrient cycling in pasture systems.
  • Cutting edge biological research on climate resilient forage crops.


B.S. University of Guyana, 2000
Graduate Diploma. University of Guyana, 2005 Education-Science
M.S. Mississippi State University, 2010
Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2013


Publications are listed below.


Cattle Grazing Preference Among Four Clover Species.


Minneapolis, MN, ASA, CSSA, SSSA: C06 Forage and Grazinglands ASA, CSSA, SSSA.

Solomon, J. K. Q., Scaglia, G.

Cattle temperament effects on animal performance under grazing.


ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Nov. 2-5, 2014, Long Beach, California.

Macoon, B., R.C. Vann, and J.K.Q. Solomon

Abstract: Harvest management based on leaf stage of a tetraploid vs. a diploid cultivar of annual ryegrass.


ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Nov. 3-6, 2013, Tampa, Florida.

Solomon, J.K.Q., and B. Macoon.

Appropriate ratio of legume to grass for spatially separated pasture systems.


ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Nov. 3-6, 2013, Tampa, Florida.

Macoon, B., and J.K.Q. Solomon

Performance of a Tetraploid vs. a Diploid Cultivar of Annual Ryegrass Pastures under Grazing.


ASA, Southern Branch Meeting (Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists), Crops. Feb. 3-5, 2013, Orlando, FL.

Solomon, J.K.Q., and B. Macoon.

Cattle Grazing Preference Among Diploid and Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass Cultivars.


ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Oct. 21-24, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Solomon, J.K.Q., and B. Macoon.

Grazing Behavior of Steers on Different Forage Systems Comprising Annual Ryegrass and White Clover.


ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Oct. 16-19, 2011, San Antonio, TX.

Solomon, J.K.Q., and B. Macoon.

A Novel Approach to Grass-Legume Management.


2009. ASA, CSSA, SSSA, C06 Division Nov. 1-5, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.

Solomon, J.K.Q., B. Macoon, D. Lang, J. Parish, and R. Vann.

Fact Sheets


Realizing the potential of Camelina sativa as a bioenergy crop for a changing global climate


MDPI Plants. 11 (6): 772. DOI: 10.3390/plants11060772 (Cover Article)

Neupane D, Lohaus RH, Solomon JKQ, Cushman JC

The final piece of the Triangle of U: Evolution of the tetraploid Brassica carinata genome


The Plant Cell, Volume 34, Issue 11, November 2022, Pages 4143–4172

Won Cheol Yim, Mia L Swain, Dongna Ma, Hong An, Kevin A Bird, David D Curdie, Samuel Wang, Hyun Don Ham, Agusto Luzuriaga-Neira, Jay S Kirkwood, Manhoi Hur, Juan K Q Solomon, Jeffrey F Harper, Dylan K Kosma, David Alvarez-Ponce, John C Cushman, Patrick P Edger, Annaliese S Mason, J Chris Pires, Haibao Tang, Xingtan Zhang

Here, we report a chromosome scale 1.31-Gbp genome assembly with 156.9-fold sequencing coverage for B. carinata, completing the reference genomes comprising the classic Triangle of U, a classical...

Genotypes and their Growing Environments Influence on Physicochemical Qualities of Tef Grain in the Highlands of Ethiopia.


Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Science, 30(4), 1-27

Abewa, A., Adgo, E., Alemayehu, G., Yitaferu, B., Solomon, J., Assefa, K., Payne, W.

Cattle grazing preference among tetraploid and diploid annual ryegrass cultivars.


Crop Sci. 54:430–438.

Solomon, J.K.Q., B. Macoon, D.J. Lang, R.C. Vann, and S. Ward.

Grazing behavior of steers on different annual ryegrass and white clover forage systems.


Crop Sci. 52:2830-2838.

Solomon, J.K.Q., B. Macoon, D.J. Lang, and R.C. Vann.

A novel approach to grass–legume management.


Crop Sci. 51:1865-1876.

Solomon, J.K.Q., B. Macoon, D.J. Lang, J.A. Parish, and R.C. Vann.

Special Publications

Alfalfa Variety Trial in Western Nevada, Initial Results


University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Davison, J., Solomon, J. and Lawry, T.

Alfalfa is the most extensive crop in Nevada. The majority of alfalfa fields in western Nevada are harvested three to four times annually. This production system is dependent on dormant alfalfa...