Professor Sally-Sarah Smith

Professor Sally-Sarah Smith
 Position Professor - Adjunct and Emeritus
 Org Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
 Telephone +61 8 8313 6704
 Location Floor/Room 1 14 ,  John Davies Building ,   Waite - CSIRO
  • Biography/ Background


    Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

    Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center -World Vegetable Centre

    Council of the Australian Academy of Science (2005-2008)

    Honorary Professor, Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

    Honorary Research Professor, China Agricultural University, Beijing

    JK Taylor OBE Gold Medal in Soil Science (2006)
  • Qualifications

    BA, MA, PhD Cambridge, UK
    DSc Adelaide, Australia
  • Research Interests

    My research interests are in the development and function of mycorrhizal symbioses, particularly arbuscular mycorrhizas. Our current interests encompass both basic and strategic research, with projects ranging from the control of development of the symbiosis in mutant plants through aspects of roles of mycorrhizas in phosphate nutrition of plants and implications of the symbiosis for plant competition, crop productivity and alleviation of arsenic toxicity. 


    Professor F. Andrew Smith, University of Adelaide

    Professor Yong-Guan Zhu, Department of Soil Environmental Science, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (RCEES-CAS), Beijing. Note that the University of Adelaide and CAS have set up UA-CAS joint laboratories in SLS, EES and RCEES-CAS. The Adelaide laboratory was opened by Professor Lu Yong Xiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.

    Dr Kathy Ophel-Keller, South Australian Research and Development Institute.

    Dr Bob Holloway, The University of Adelaide

    Dr Iver Jakobsen, Riso National Research Laboratories, Roskilde, Denmark.

    Dr Jan Jansa, ETH, Zurich.

    RESEARCH GRANTS (as at November 2006):
    Together with Professor Andrew Smith and others I hold research grants as follows:

    ARC Discovery Projects. Mechanisms of arsenic tolerance in plants: how do symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi reduce uptake? (SE Smith and FA Smith).

    ARC Discovery Projects. Roles of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in plant competition: revealing underlying physiological and molecular mechanisms. (FA Smith and SE Smith)

    ARC Linkage Projects. Novel technologies to resolve interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM)fungi, phosphate fertilisers and root disease in wheat production. Smith SE, Ophel-Keller K, Holloway RE and Smith FA.

    RESEARCH GROUP(as at November 2006)

    Professor Andrew Smith

    Postdoctoral Scientists: Dr Lisa (Huiying) Li, Dr Evelina Facelli, Dr Helle Christophersen

    Professional staff: Rebecca Stonor and Katrina Smoult

  • Publications

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (for full list of recent publications see attached file):


    Smith S.E. and Read, D.J. (2008) Mycorrhizal Symbiosis, Edition 3. Academic Press and Elsevier London. <>

    Edited volumes

    Smith, S.E. and Smith, F.A. Eds (2002) Diversity and Integration in Mycorrhizas. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Mycorrhizas, Adelaide. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

    Selected reviews

    Grace EJ, Smith FA, Smith SE (2008) Deciphering the arbuscular mycorrhizal pathway of P uptake in non-responsive hosts. In 'Mycorrhizas: functional processes and ecological impact'. (Eds C Azcón-Aguilar, JM Barea, S Gianinazzi and V Gianinazzi-Pearson) pp. In press. (Springer).

    Jones, M.D., Smith, S.E. (2004) Exploring functional definitions of mycorrhizas: are mycorrhizas always mutualisms? Canadian Journal of Botany 82, 1089-1190. (Invited and refereed).

    Lambers, H., Raven, J.A., Shaver, G. R. and Smith, S.E. (2008) Plant nutrient-acquisition strategies change with soil age. Trends in Ecology and Evolutiondoi:10.1016/j.tree.2007.10.008

    Smith, F.A., Grace, E.J. and Smith, S.E. (2009) More than a carbon economy: nutrient trade and ecological sustainability in facultative arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses. New Phytologistdoi:10.111/j.1469-8137.2008.02753.x

    Smith, S.E., Barker, S.J. and Zhu, Y-G. (2006) Fast moves in arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiotic signalling. Trends in Plant Science, 11, 369-371.

    Selected refereed journal articles.

    Cavagnaro, T. R., Gao, L. Smith, F.A. and Smith, S.E. (2001) Morphology of arbuscular mycorrhizas is influenced by fungal identity. New Phytologist 151, 469-475.

    Gao, L., Delp, G. and Smith, S.E. (2001) Colonisation patterns in a mycorrhiza-defective mutant tomato vary with different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. New Phytologist 151, 477-491.

     Christophersen, H.M., Smith, F.A. and Smith, S.E. in press. Arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation reduces arsenate uptake in barley via down-regulation of phosphate transporters in the  direct epidermal uptake pathway. New Phytologist, in press.

    Glassop D, Smith SE, Smith FW (2005) Cereal phosphate transporters associated with the mycorrhizal pathway of phosphate uptake into roots. Planta 222, 688-698.

    Glassop D, Godwin RM, Smith SE, Smith FW (2007) Rice phosphate transporters associated with phosphate uptake in rice roots colonised with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Canadian  Journal of Botany 85, 644-651.

    Grace, E.J., Cotsaftis, O., Tester, M.A., Smith, F.A. and Smith, S.E. (2009). Arbuscular mycorrhizal inhibition of growth in barley cannot be attributed to extent of colonization, fungal phosphorus uptake or effects on expression of plant phosphate transporter genes. New Phytologist, 181, 938-949.

    Jansa, J., Smith, F.A. and Smith, S.E. (2008) Are there benefits of simultaneous root colonization by different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi? New Phytologist, 177, 779-789.

    O' Connor, P.J., Smith, S.E. and Smith, F.A. (2002) Arbuscular mycorrhizas influence plant diversity and community structure in a semi-arid herbland. New Phytologist 154, 209-218.

    Li, H-Y., Smith, S.E., Holloway, R.E., Zhu, Y-G., Smith F.A. (2006) Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi contribute to phosphorus uptake by wheat grown in a phosphorus-fixing soil even in the absence of positive growth responses. New Phytologist, 172, 536-543.

    Li H-Y, Smith SE, Holloway RE, Zhu Y-G, Smith FA (2006) Arbuscular mycorrhizal  fungi contribute to phosphorus uptake by wheat grown in a phosphorus-fixing soil even in the absence of positive growth responses. New Phytologist 172, 536-543.

    Liu, W-J., Zhu, Y-G., Smith, F.A., Smith, S.E. (2004) Do phosphorus nutrition and iron plaque alter asenate (As) uptake by rice seedlings in hydroponic culture? New Phytologist 162, 481-488.

    Smith, S.E., Smith, F.A. and Jakobsen, I. (2003) Mycorrhizal fungi can dominate phosphate supply to plants irrespective of growth responses. Plant Physiology 133, 16-20.

    Smith SE, Smith FA, Jakobsen I (2004) Functional diversity in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbioses: the contribution of the mycorrhizal P uptake pathway is not correlated with mycorrhizal responses in growth or total P uptake. New Phytologist 162, 511-524.


  • Files

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesScience & Technology
    ExpertiseDevelopment of mycorrhizas; role of mycorrhizas in plant nutrition; mycorrhizal symbioses; plant nutrition soil (soil biology and their role in plant nutrition); development aspects of colonisation
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