Sarah Elizabeth Smith 1941–2019

Sally Smith (she was never known as Sarah) was a world leader in the study of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses between plants and soil fungi that allow a wide range of plants to grow in soils low in nutrients, especially phosphate. Her work has been relevant to both plant ecology and agricultural productivity. Sally obtained a tenurable position at the University of Adelaide after many years’ employment on short-term contracts. She rapidly developed a large and active group that researched at scales ranging from advanced microscopy through molecular biology and physiology to plant ecology. Sally established long-standing international collaborations and was awarded many honours. She was a keen cook and gardener, and became an avid birdwatcher, travelling the world with her husband Andrew in pursuit of their hobby.

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About this memoir

This memoir was originally published in Historical Records of Australian Science, vol.32, no.2, 2021. It was written by F. Andrew Smith, Tim Cavagnaro and Sandy Dickson.

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