Dr Millicent Smith

Lecturer Crop Physiology

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

Millicent Smith is a plant physiologist with expertise in the source-sink dynamics of grain crops. Her research is focused on understanding the physiological mechanisms that underpin yield stability and grain quality in pulses and cereals. Millicent is particularly interested in applying innovative phenotyping technologies from leaf to crop scales to accelerate selection in crop improvement programs. Her research funded by the Australian grains industry on high-value grain crop mungbean, is focused on developing UAV-based phenotyping platforms to dissect key physiological traits underpinning yield development. Millicent has a dual continuing appointment as a Lecturer in Crop Physiology within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences and as a CI in the Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation where she is building a research team focused on the improvement of tropical crops. Millicent is passionate about training the next generation of plant scientists and applies innovative teaching approaches to large undergraduate and specialised Masters courses.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Environmental Systems, University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Publications

  • Geetika, Geetika, Hammer, Graeme, Smith, Millicent, Singh, Vijaya, Collins, Marisa, Mellor, Vincent, Wenham, Kylie and Rachaputi, Rao C.N. (2022). Quantifying physiological determinants of potential yield in mungbean (Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek). Field Crops Research, 287 108648, 1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.fcr.2022.108648

  • Suresh Krishnasamy, Smith, Millicent R., Narayan, Edward, Abdul Aziz, Ammar and Hoffman, Eleanor W. (2022). Developing virtual field trips for Agriculture. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Perth, WA Australia, 28-30 September 2022. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.

  • Barmukh, Rutwik, Roorkiwal, Manish, Dixit, Girish P., Bajaj, Prasad, Kholova, Jana, Smith, Millicent R., Chitikineni, Annapurna, Bharadwaj, Chellapilla, Sheshshayee, M. S., Rathore, Abhishek, Tripathi, Shailesh, Yasin, Mohammad, Vijayakumar, Adiveppa G., Sagurthi, Someswar Rao, Siddique, Kadambot H. M. and Varshney, Rajeev K. (2022). Characterization of 'QTL-hotspot' introgression lines reveals physiological mechanisms and candidate genes associated with drought adaptation in chickpea. Journal of Experimental Botany, 73 (22), 7255-7272. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erac348

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Smith, Millicent R. and Rao, Idupulapati M. (2021). Common bean. Crop physiology case histories for major crops. (pp. 384-406) London, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-819194-1.00012-8

  • Dumschott, Kathryn, Merchant, Andrew and Smith, Millicent (2018). Metabolic adaptation and allocation of metabolites to phloem transport and regulation under stress. Metabolic adaptations in plants during abiotic stress. (pp. 21-26) edited by Akula Ramakrishna and Sarvajeet Singh Gill. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b22206-2

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Suresh Krishnasamy, Smith, Millicent R., Narayan, Edward, Abdul Aziz, Ammar and Hoffman, Eleanor W. (2022). Developing virtual field trips for Agriculture. The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Perth, WA Australia, 28-30 September 2022. Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.

  • Williams, Alwyn, Wenham, Kylie, Smith, Millicent, Rachaputi, R. C. N. and Collins, Marisa (2022). Mungbean responses to elevated day- and night-time temperatures. System Solutions for Complex Problems, Toowoomba, QLD Australia, 18-22 September 2022. Toowoomba, QLD Australia: Australian Society of Agronomy.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision