Dear ASPS Members,
Professor Sarah “Sally” Smith
It is with sadness that we inform you that Sally Smith, a long-standing member of ASPS, passed away suddenly on 13 Sept 2019.
Sally was Emeritus Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide. She was also Honorary Professor at the China Agricultural University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Sally was a world authority on the mycorrhizal symbiosis between plants and fungi. She made outstanding contributions to our understanding of the structure of the plant-fungal interface, of nutrient transfer across it and of the molecular processes involved in forming and controlling the interface.
Sally completed her BA and PhD at Cambridge (1965) and her DSc at the University of Adelaide (1991). She held a personal Chair in Soil Science (1995) and was Director of the Centre for Plant Root Symbioses (1998). She was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2001. Just two months ago, Sally obtained an inaugural ‘Eminent Researcher’ award from the International Mycorrhiza Society. To celebrate her life there will be a gathering at Adelaide University’s Waite Institute, Beltana Café, McLeod House on the University of Adelaide Waite Campus, at 4pm on 25 October 2019. For further details and to RSVP please use this link.
If you would like to share information, photos or memories as part of our ASPS tribute for Sally, please share these with Dr Stephanie Watts-Williams (email@example.com), who is kindly leading our creation of an ASPS tribute.
Professor Kathleen Soole
President – Australian Society of Plant Scientists (www.asps.org.au)