Teaching and Development

  • AGRC1040 Food for a Healthy Planet
  • BIOL2203 Plant Biology
  • BIOL2015 Field Ecology
  • BIOL3200 Capstone Plant Biology
  • BIOL2201 Australia’s Terrestrial Environment
  • BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Ecophysiology

Researcher biography

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

  • A Deadly Solution: Combining Traditional Knowledge and Western Science for an Indigenous-led Bushfood Industry Project (first CIs Dale Chapman and Gerry Turpin, ARC Indigenous Discovery Grant)
  • Boosting the natural regeneration of the nitrogen capital in grazing lands (CI Susanne Schmidt, Meat & Livestock Australia)
  • From food waste to smart compost formulations (CI Susanne Schmidt and Peter Wadewitz (Peats Soils)
  • Re-carbonising soils, boosting soil fertility and recycling (CI Andy Ball, ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre 'Biosolids' )
  • The Integrated Bio-economy Project and the Controlled Biosphere (CI Ben Hankamer, ARC Linkages)
  • 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)
  • Ecofriendly fertilisers for sustainable farming (CRC-P, lead SOS BIO)
  • Effective microbial biostimulants in horticulture (with Phil Hugenholtz, Neena Mitter, Paul Dennis, Elizabeth Aitken)
  • New technologies and management: 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
Featured projects Duration
Cyanobacteria-encapsulated seeds and inoculated substrate to promote seed germination
Plant growth on a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
From waste to reversing climate change: rebuilding soil organic matter
Burning to Manage Feathertop Wiregrass in Mitchell Grass Pastures
Cyanobacteria-enriched or post-burn substrate nutrient shifts across a fire chronosequence
Spinifex (Triodia): Australia’s desert grass as a source of high-performance bio-materials
Popagation and production methods for native Australian plants for bushfood and ornamental horticulture
Australian Research Council
Optimising plant growth on UGold, a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
Eco-friendly fertilisers for sustainable farming
Nutrient fluxes in soils
Validating novel fertiliser formulations for nutrient stewardship
Bio-banking to harness beneficial soil microbes and supply natural nitrogen fertiliser to rangelands
Recycled phosphorus for efficient next-generation fertilisers
Organic nutrients for plants
Can the use of wastewater precipitation products solve the phosphorous deficit in Australian organic farming systems?
Unravelling the sorghum rhizosphere
Next-generation fertilisers for nutrient stewardship
Determining the status of on-farm composting in Queensland
Berry waste as foundation for next-generation fertilisers and soil ameliorants
Cyclotides in the plant-soil-microbe interface
Determine the risk of root crops encapsulating physical impurites contained in compost products
Towards green agriculture: evaluating the effects of organic nutrients and bioi-fertilisers on microbial communities, crops and soil
Better sugarcane to save the reef
Identifying product development options for composted chicken manure
Growing clean air
Aquatic sedges in the spotlight
Did suppressive composts find their way from the lab into the field?
Optimising plant nutrition for crop architecture and fruit quality in indoor farms
The hunger game: agriculture meets education
Cyanobacterial community shifts in a savannah fire chronosequence, Kidman Springs, NT
Remote sensing to inform the sustainable use of Australia's northern rangelands
Beneficial microbes for healthy crops
Modelling drivers of biocrust species distribution across Australia
Nitrogen in Oceania: improving livelihoods and sustainability with efficiency and circularity
Analysing nitrification inhibitors

Areas of research