Professor Susanne Schmidt

Professor

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affiliated Professor

Centre for Horticultural 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:

  • Environmentally responsive bio-composite fertilisers (CI Bronwyn Laycock, Advance QLD Industry Partnership)
  • Ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots (CI Arko Lucieer, ARC DP)
  • Effective microbial biostimulants in horticulture (with Phil Hugenholtz, Neena Mitter, Paul Dennis, Elizabeth Aitken)
  • New technologies and managements: transforming nitrogen use efficiency in cane production. (CI Matt Redding QLD DAF)
  • Recycled phosphorus from waste streams as efficient P sources for agriculture (with German collaborators, DAAD)
  • 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)
  • Spinifex desert grass - ecophysiology, nano-cellulose for novel biomaterials(PhD student Lisa Xian, CI Darren Martin)
  • Soil carbon sequestration - the role of soil microbesi n tropical reforestation (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

  • Soil health and carbon sequestration
    Soil processes, nutrient cycling, carbon cycle, soil microbial communities
  • Sustainable land use, protection and use of Australia's native biodiversity
    Sustainable land use, Australia's native flora, restoring ecosystems, novel biomaterials using Australian plants
  • Nutrient stewardship and the circular nutrient economy
    Next-generation fertilisers, re-purposing wastes, biological nitrogen fixation, material science and engineering solutions
  • Beneficial microbes and rhizosphere processes
    Microbial communities in roots and rhizosphere, biostimulants and probiotics for horticulture and agriculture

Research Impacts

Our research bridges from fundamental plant, soil and microbial science to application. We aim to generate knowhow for a circular nutrient economy

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Supervision

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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

  • Robinson, Nicole, Vogt, Jessica, Lakshmanan, Prakash and Schmidt, Sussane (2013). Nitrogen physiology of sugarcane. In Paul H. Moore and Frederik C. Botha (Ed.), Sugarcane: Physiology, Biochemistry, and Functional Biology (pp. 169-195) Oxford United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118771280.ch8

  • 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. doi:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735693.003.0006

  • 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. doi:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735693.003.0005

  • 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.

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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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Completed Supervision