Dr Millicent Smith

Lecturer Crop Physiology

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliate Lecturer

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Millicent is a plant physiologist with expertise in legume crops. Typically working at the whole plant or crop level, her research is focused on understanding the above- and below-ground mechanisms that underpin adaptation to abiotic stress and the impacts of changing resource availability on yield and seed nutrient content. Millicent has extensive experience developing and applying novel chemical, isotopic and physiological phenotyping techniques and technologies across scales from lab to field.

Research Interests

  • Understanding source-sink dynamics in legume crops
  • The effect of timing of abiotic stress on yield in legume crops
  • Optimising root and canopy architecture for drought adaptation
  • Impact of water availability on yield and grain nutrient content


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


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