Professor Susanne Schmidt

Professor

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliated Professor

Centre for Plant Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
susanne.schmidt@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51050

Overview

Susanne leads a vibrant team researching natural ecosystems and agro-ecosystems at the interface of plants, microbes and soil. Current and past research projects:

  • New technologies and managements: transforming nitrogen use efficiency in cane production. (CI Matt Redding QLD DAF)
  • NextGen fertilisers and nutrient stewardship - repurposing and efficiently formulating nutrient-rich wastes
  • License to farm - nitrogen use efficiency sugarcane (CIs Prakash Lakshmanan and Nicole Robinson)
  • Developing sugarcane-legume companion cropping systems (Schmidt, Robinson, Ferguson, others)
  • The spinifex project - as source of nano-cellulose for novel materials and economic development of Indigenous communities (CI Darren Martin)
  • Soil carbon sequestration - the role of soil microbesi n tropical reforestation (PhD student Mark Bonner)
  • Nitrogen use efficiency in sorghum (PhD student Belinda Worland)
  • Beneficial microbes to enhance future crop systems (PhD student Shelby Berg)
  • Understanding soil carbon sequestration with soil chronosequences (PhD student Andrew Jones)
  • Organic nitrogen in sugarcane systems (PhD student Scott Buckley)
  • Advancing Livestock Waste as Low Emission-High Efficiency Fertilizers (CI Dr Matt Redding QLD DAF)
  • Ecogenomic profiling of Queensland sugarcane soils for sustainable bioproduction and carbon capture (CI Ragan, Hugenholtz, Schmidt)
  • Functional response of Triodia in the spinifex grasslands of arid Australia (Schmidt, PhD student Xian)
  • Towards sustainable bioproduction systems: harnessing organic nitrogen for plant growth (Schmidt, Paungfoo-Lonhienne, Rentsch, Naesholm)
  • Harnessing Soil Biology (Schmidt, Schenk)
  • Climate Change Adaptation - Rainforest Biodiversity & Climate Change

Research Interests

  • plant function in natural and bioproduction systems
  • soil health and function
  • sustainable land use systems
  • NextGen fertilsers and Nutrient Stewardship
  • organic nutrients
  • soil microbe and interactions with plants
  • biogeochemistry and greenhouse gas emissions
  • organic nutrients as plant nutrient sources and signalling compounds

Research Impacts

Our research

- advances nutrient supply to reduce pollution by matching soil and crop needs, re-purposing wastes, and informing crop breeding. - supports solutions to improve soils that have been degraded by agricultural land use including sequestering carbon for carbon credits. - supports tree planting initiatives in riparian zones (along rivers) to improve the quality of drinking water reservoirs by reducing soil and nutrient run-off. - helps to make conservation decisions for biodiverity preservation - supports the sustainable use of native plants for novel uses

Qualifications

  • Master of Science, Universität Hohenheim
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Schmidt, Susanne (2015). Foreword. In Ecological Biochemistry: Environmental and Interspecies Interactions (pp. XXI-XXI) Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/9783527686063.fmatter

  • Erisman, Jan Willem, Leach, Allison, Adams, Mark, Agboola, Julius I., Ahmetaj, Luan, Alard, Didier, Austin, Amy, Awodun, Moses A., Bareham, Simon, Bird, Theresa L., Bleeker, Albert, Bull, Keith, Cornell, Sarah E., Davidson, Eric, de Vries, Wim, Dias, Teresa, Emmett, Bridget, Goodale, Christine, Greaver, Tara, Haeuber, Rick, Harmens, Harry, Hicks, W. Kevin, Hogbom, Lars, Jarvis, Paul, Johansson, Matti, Russell, Zoe, McClean, Colin, Paton, Bill, Perez, Tibisay, Plesnik, Jan, Rao, Nalini, Schmidt, Susanne, Sharma, Yogendra B., Tokuchi, Naoko and Whitfield, Clare P. (2014). Nitrogen deposition effects on ecosystem services and interactions with other pollutants and climate change. In Mark A. Sutton, Kate E. Mason, Lucy J. Sheppard, Harald Sverdrup, Richard Haeuber and W. Kevin Hicks (Ed.), Nitrogen deposition, critical loads and biodiversity (pp. 493-505) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-7939-6_51

  • Paungfoo-Lonhienne, Chanyarat, Schmidt, Susanne, Webb, Richard I. and Lonhienne, Thierry G. A. (2013). Rhizophagy-a new dimension of plant-microbe interactions. In Frans J. de Bruijn (Ed.), Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere (pp. 1199-1207) Hoboken, NJ United States: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118297674.ch115

  • Ellis, J. C., Bellingham, P. J., Cameron, E. K., Croll, D. A., Kolb, G. S., Kueffer, C., Mittelhauser, G. H., Schmidt, S., Vidal, E. and Wait, D. A. (2011). Effects of seabirds on plant communities. In Christa Mulder, Wendy Anderson, David Towns and Peter Bellingham (Ed.), Seabird Islands: Ecology, invasion and restoration (pp. 177-211) New York, USA: Oxford Univ Press.

  • Mulder, C. P. H., Jones, H., Kameda, K., Palmborg, C., Schmidt, S., Ellis, J., Orrock, J. L., Wait, A., Wardle, D. A., Yang, L., Young, H., Croll, D. and Vidal, E. (2011). Impacts of seabirds on plant and soil properties. In Christa P. H. Mulder, Wendy B. Anderson, David R. Towns and Peter J. Bellingham (Ed.), Seabird Islands: Ecology, invasion and restoration (pp. 135-176) New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

  • Stewart, G. and Schmidt, S. (1999). Evolution and ecology of plant mineral nutrition. In Malcolm C. Press, Julie D. Scholes and Martin G. Barker (Ed.), Physiological plant ecology: The 39th Symposium of the British Ecological Society, held at the University of York, 7-9 September 1998 (pp. 91-114) UK: Blackwell Science.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Brackin, Richard, Schmidt, Susanne, Walter, David, Bhuiyan, Shamsul, Buckley, Scott and Anderson, Jay (2017). Soil biological health - What is it, and how can we improve it?. In: Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (141-154). 3-5 May 2017.

  • Robinson, N., Brackin, R., Paungfoo-Lonhienne, C., Lonhienne, T., Westermann, M., Salazar, M., Yeoh, Y. K ., Hugenholtz, P., Ragan, M. A., Redding, M., Pratt, C., Wang, W. J., Royle, A., DiBella, L., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, S. (2016). Addressing the nitrogen problem in sugarcane production to reduce pollution of the Great Barrier Reef. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Buckley, Scott, Brackin, Richard and Schmidt, Susanne (2016). Microdialysis - a sensitive method for estimating plant-available N released during litter decomposition. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Brackin, Richard, Nasholm, Torgny, Robinson, Nicole, Guillou, Stephane, Vinall, Kerry, Buckley, Scott, Lakshmanan, Prakash, Schmidt, Susanne and Inselsbacher, Erich (2016). Microdialysis – a new technology for investigating soil nitrogen fluxes in the rhizosphere. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne VIC Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Salazar Cajas, Monica Elizabeth, Robinson, Nicole, Royle, Adam, Di Bella, Lawrence, Wang, Weijin, Heenan, Marijke, Reeves, Steven, Schmidt, Susanne and Brackin, Richard (2016). Reducing nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane soil with legume intercropping. In: 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference (INI 2016): Solutions to enhance nitrogen use efficiency for the world. International Nitrogen Initiative Conference, Melbourne VIC Australia, (). 4-8 December 2016.

  • Schmidt, Susanne, Matthews, Kelly, Firn, Jennifer and Whelan, Karen (2016). Student experiences with contrasting first year science programs. In: Queensland Universities Educators Showcase, Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-27 September 2016.

  • Brackin, Richard, Robinson, Nicole, Lakshmanan, Prakash and Schmidt, Susanne (2012). Microbial dynamics in forest and sugarcane soils of Queensland. In: Lucy Burkitt and Leigh Sparrow, Proceedings of the 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference 2012. Soil Science: Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference: Soil solutions for diverse landscapes, Hobart, Australia, (392-392). 2-7 December 2012.

  • Guterres, J., Rossato, L., Pudmenzky, A., Doley, D., Whittaker, M. and Schmidt, S. (2012). Micron-sized metal-binding hydrogel particles improve germination and radicle elongation of Australian metallophyte grasses in mine waste rock and tailings. In: Andy Fourie and Mark Tibbett, Mine Closure 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure. Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure, Brisbane, Australia, (517-532). 25-27 September 2012.

  • Bigot, M., Guterres, J., Rossato, L., Pudmenzky, A., Doley, D., Whittaker, M., Pillai-McGarry, U. and Schmidt, S. (2012). Novel metal-binding hydrogel particles alleviate soil toxicity and facilitate healthy plant establishment of the native metallophyte grass Astrebla lappacea in mine waste rock and tailings. In: Andy Fourie and Mark Tibbett, Mine Closure 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure. Seventh International Conference on Mine Closure, Brisbane, Australia, (533-550). 25-27 September 2012.

  • Guterres, Jaquelina, Rossato, Laurence, Pudmenzky, Alex, Doley, David, Whittaker, Michael and Schmidt, Susanne (2011). Micron-sized metal-binding hydrogel particles improve germination and root elongation of Australian metallophyte grasses (Astrebla lappacea and Austrostipa scabra) on highly polluted waste rock and tailings. In: 32nd Australasian Polymer Symposium, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 13-16 February 2011.

  • Gamage, H., De Silva, S., Flutter, N., O'Rourke, T., Memmott, P., Martin, D. and Schmidt, S. (2010). Green building materials from spinifex. In: The International Forestry Review. Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment. XXIII IUFRO World Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea, (279-279). 23-28 August, 2010.

  • Robinson, N., Gamage, H. K., Whan, A., Vinall, K., Fletcher, A., Brackin, R. T., Holst, J., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, Susanne (2009). Evidence of differences in nitrogen use efficiency in sugarcane genotypes. In: P. Tait and B. R. Stanmore, Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, Ballina, NSW, Australia, (256-264). 6-8 May 2009.

  • Rossato, L., Pudmenzky, A., Doley, D., Monteiro, M., Whittaker, M., Schmidt, S., MacFarlane, J. and Baker, A. J. M. (2009). Metal-binding particles enhance germination and radicle tolerance index of the metallophyte grass Astrebia lappacea Lindl. under phytotoxic lead and zinc condition. In: Mine Closure 2009: Proceedings of the Fourth International Seminar on Mine Closure. Mine Closure 2009: Fourth International Seminar on Mine Closure, Perth, WA, Australia, (301-309). 9-11 September 2009.

  • Clech-Goods, C., Schooler, S., Lovelock, C. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Does plant response to the limiting resource explain invasibility? An experimental test using two invasive weeds and their non-invasive native congeners. In: van Klinken, R. D., Osten, V. A., Panetta, F. D. and Scanlan, J. C., Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference. 16th Australian Weeds Conference, Cairns, Australia, (107-107). 18-22 May.

  • McGrath, K., Brackin, R.T., Lakshmanan, P., Schenk, P.M.P. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Knowledge of soil biology to reduce nitrogen loss as N2O from sugarcane farming. In: Bruce, R.C., Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies. Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies, Townsville, Australia, (115-126). 29 April - 2 May 2008.

  • Allen, D., Kingston, G., Rennenberg, H., Dalal, R. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane soils as influenced by waterlogging and split N fertiliser applications. In: Bruce, R.C., Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies. Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies, Townsville, Australia, (95-104). 29 April - 2 May 2008.

  • Robinson, N., Fletcher, A.T., Whan, A., Vinall, K., Brackin, R.T., Lakshmanan, P. and Schmidt, S. (2008). Sustainable sugarcane production systems: reducing plant nitrogen demand. In: Bruce, R.C., Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies. Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologies, Townsville, Australia, (212-219). 29 April - 2 May 2008.

  • Gamage, Harshi K., Prentis, Peter, Lowe, Andrew J., Lamont, Malcolm and Schmidt, Susanne (2006). Genetic and Physiological traits of diploid progenitors and newly synthesized polyploidy trees. In: Proceedings of: IUFRO Division 2 Joint Conference: Low input breeding and genetic conservation of forest tree species. IUFRO Division 2 Joint Conference: Low input breeding and genetic conservation of forest tree species, Antalya, Turkey, (). 9-13 October 2006.

  • Richards, A., Shapcott, A., Playford, J., Critchley, C. and Schmidt, S. (2001). Why are some plants rare?. In: R. A. Hindmarsh, Situating the Environment at the University of Queensland. Situating the Environment 2001, The University of Queensland, (91-104). 15-16 February, 2001.

  • Mason, M., Downey, M., Ealing, P. M., Von Wiren, N., Critchley, C., Schmidt, S. and Stewart, G. (2000). Efficient nutrient acquisition by Australian native plants. In: Combined Conference Abstracts: 44th Annual ASBMB, 40th Annual ASPP, Annual NZSBMB, 22nd Annual NZSPP. Com Bio 2000, Wellington, NZ, (). 11-14 Dec, 2000.

  • Collier, C., Dennison, W. C. and Schmidt, S. (1999). Internal nitrogen cycling in seagrass: Patterns and process. In: Combined Conference Abstracts: 43rd Annual ASBMB, 18th Annual ANZSCDB and 39th Annual ASPP. Combio 99, Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast, (Sym-51-05). 27-30 Sept 99.

  • Schmidt, S., Stewart, G., Golding, S. D. and Sullivan, C. (1999). Novel biomonitoring techniques for evaluating the sustainability of mine site revegetation. In: Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian and New Zealand Society for Cell & Developmental Biology and Australian Society of Plant Physiologists. Combio 99, Conrad Jupiters, Gold Coast, (). 27-30 September, 1999.

  • Erskine, P. D., Bergstrom, D., Schmidt, S., Stewart, G., Tweedie, C. and Shaw, J. D. (1999). Royal fertilizer at the polar front. In: Plant Response to climate change: Integration of ITEX discoveries. 9th ITEX Meeting, Marriott Hotel, East Lansing, MI, (35-35). January 5 - 7, 1999.

  • Harwood, M. R., Grigg, A. H., Schmidt, S., Mulligan, D. R., Bellairs, S. M. and Foot, P. (1999). Vegetation, nutrients, water and fire: ecosystem development following heavy mineral sands mining on north Stradbroke Island. In: Proceedings of the Minerals Council of Australia 24th Annual Environmental Workshop. Mining into the next century: environmental opportunities ans, Townsville, Queensland, (430-446). 10th - 15th October,1999.

  • Turnbull, M. H., Schmidt, S., Erskine, P. D., Richards, S. and Stewart, G. R. (1996). Root adaptation and nitrogen source acquisition in natural ecosystems. In: International Symposium on Dynamics of Physiological Processes in Woody Roots, Ithaca, NY, United States, (941-948). 8-11 October 1995.

  • Handley, L. L., Brendel, O., Scrimgeour, C. M., Schmidt, S., Raven, J. A., Turnbull, M. H. and Stewart, G. R. (1996). The 15N natural abundance patterns of field-collected fungi from three kinds of ecosystems. In: 2nd Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Users Group (SIMSUG) Meeting, Bangor, Wales, (974-978). 10-12 January 1996. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-0231(19960610)10:8<974::AID-RCM533>3.0.CO;2-Z

Other Outputs

  • Rossato, Laurence Suzanne Rosa, Pudmenzky, Alexander, Doley, David, Monteiro, Michael, Whittaker, Michael and Schmidt, Susanne (2008). Soil remediation process. 20110182670.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision