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Lyn Abbott

E/Prof Lynette Abbott

Emeritus Professor/Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M087)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 5551
Fax
+61 8 6488 1002
Email
lynette.abbott@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BSc Syd., PhD Monash, FAIAST
Biography
Research in Soil Biology is a major activity within the School of Earth and Environment at The University of Western Australia. Our emphasis is on understanding the activities of a wide range of soil organisms in the context of their contribution to important soil processes. We are interested in soil organisms and their roles in natural ecosystems as well as in agriculture/horticulture and disturbed environments such as minesites.
Key research
Soil health related to agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, soil biology, indicators of soil quality, soil fertility, plant-microbe symbioses (especially arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi), minesite rehabilitation and soil management (including organic agricultural practices). Agricultural research includes dryland cropping, horticulture, dairy, intensive cattle feedlots, perennial and annual pastures for sheep and cattle and restoration of farmland.
Biochar-soil interactions
This research examines the potential role of biochar in the sustainability of dry-land farming, especially in relation to the provision of a habitat for beneficial microorganisms. It includes interactions between biochar, organic matter and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural soils.
Carbon sequestration in soil
This research includes the effect of land management practices on soil biological processes that influence soil carbon sequestration as well as loss of soil carbon through microbial activity. Emphasis is on identifying best management options for different soil types and environments and includes the efficacy of soil amendments such as clay, biosolids and compost. Potential impacts of climate change are considered.
Soil restoration – arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
We are investigating interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in plants and soil in sustainable dry-land agriculture and mine sites under rehabilitation. The impact of land management on the contributions of these symbiotic fungi is a focus.
Soil health
Clarification of the role of soil biology in sustainable farming practice and restoration of disturbed natural environments is a long-term goal of our research.
Further information for land managers and others in the community, including newsletters for the Australian Soil Club can be found at the following websites www.soilhealth.com and www.soil.org.au
Publications
For full list of journal articles:
See Researcher ID
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/F-7489-2011
ORCID ID 0000-0001-8586-7858


PUBLICATIONS

EDITED BOOKS

Solaiman ZM, Abbott LK and Varma V (2015) Mycorrhizal Fungi: Use in Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp 407

Varma A, Abbott LK, Werner D and Hampp R (2004) Plant Surface Microbiology, Springer-Verlag, Heidleberg, Germany, pp. 628

Abbott LK and Murphy DV (2003) Soil Biological Fertility: A Key to Sustainable Land Use in Agriculture, Kluwer Academic, The Netherlands (Reprinted Springer, 2007), pp. 264

Robson AD, Abbott LK and Malajczuk N (1994) Proceedings of the International Symposium on Management of Mycorrhizas in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry. International Symposium on Management of Mycorrhizas in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry, Dordrecht, pp. 238

Book Chapters
Mahdi JE, Abbott LK, Pauli N and Solaiman ZM (2017) Biological Indicators for Soil Health: Potential for development and use of on-farm tests. In Modern Tools and Techniques to Understand Microbes. Eds. Varma A and Sharma AK. Springer, Soil Biology Series (in press)

Abbott LK and Lumley SE (2015) Mycorrhizal Fungi as a Potential Indicator of Soil Health in Mycorrhizal Fungi: Use in Sustainable Agriculture and Land Restoration, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany
Djuuna IAF, Abbott LK and Solaiman ZM (2009) Use of Mycorrhiza Bioassays in Ecological Studies in Symbiotic Fungi Principles and Practice, Springer-Verlag , Berlin, Germany

Davis J and Abbott LK (2006) Soil fertility in organic farming systems. In Organic Agriculture: A Global Perspective (Eds Kristiansen P, Taji A and Reganold J) CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia

Djajadi, Abbott, L.K. (2006) Inter-Relationships of Physical and Biological Aspects of Soil Health in Sandy Soils in Microbes: Health and Environment, I.K. International Publishing House , New Delhi, India

Varma A, Abbott LK, Werner D and Hampp R (2004) The State of the Art in Plant Surface Microbiology, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany

Solaiman MZ and Abbott LK (2004) Functional diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on root surfaces. In: Plant Surface Microbiology. Eds Varma A, Abbott LK, Werner D and Hampp R Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg pp 331-349

Abbott LK and Murphy DV (2003) What is Soil Biological Fertility? in Soil Biological Fertility: A Key to Sustainable Land in Agriculture, Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands (reprinted 2007 by Springer)

Brundrett MC and Abbott LK (2002) Arbuscular mycorrhizas in plant communities. In Microorganisms in Plant Conservation and Biodiversity. Eds. Sivasithamparam K, Dixon K and Barrett RL. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp 151-193

Juniper S, Abbott LK and Jayasundara F (1998) Approaches to the study of interactions between VA mycorrhizal fungi. In: A New Manual on Mycorrhizae. Ed A. Varma. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 25-39

Brundrett M, Abbott, LK, Jasper AD and Ashwath N (1995) Mycorrhizal associations in disturbed and natural habitats in tropical Australia. In: Mycorrhizas for Plantation Forestry in Asia. ACIAR Proceedings No. 62. Eds M Brundrett, B Dell, N Malajczuk and G Mingqin pp. 34-40

Abbott LK, Robson AD (1994) The impact of agricultural practices on mycorrhizal fungi, International Workshop on Management of Soil Biota, Melbourne, pp. 88-95

Abbott LK, Robson AD and Gazey C (1992) Selection of inoculant VAM fungi. In: Methods in Microbiology: Experiments with Mycorrhizas. (Eds. JR Norris, DJ Read and AK Varma), Academic Press, London, pp. 1-21

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1992) Soil disturbance in native ecosystems - The decline and recovery of infectivity of VA mycorrhizal fungi. In: Mycorrhizas in Ecosystems. (Eds. DJ Read et al.) CAB International, Wallingford. pp. 151-155

Abbott LK, Robson AD, Jasper DA and Gazey C (1992) What is the role of VA mycorrhizal hyphae in soil? In: Mycorrhizas in Ecosystems. (Eds. DJ Read et al.) CAB International, Wallingford. pp. 37-41

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1991) Field management of VA mycorrhizal fungi. In: The Rhizosphere and Plant Growth. (Ed. DL Keister and PB Gregan), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands pp. 73-86

Abbott LK and Abbott IJ (1989) Effects of agricultural practices on the soil biological environment for plant growth. In: Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture. Ed. G.A. Robertson, Department of Agriculture Western Australia, Technical Report 95, Division of Resource Management, pp. 91-103

Robson AD and Abbott LK (1989) Improving the biological and chemical fertility of temperate area soils. In: National Soils Conference Review Papers (Ed. J Loveday), Australian Society of Soil Science Inc. Canberra. pp. 73-86

Robson AD and Abbott LK (1989) The effect of soil acidity on microbial activity in soil. In: Soil Acidity and Plant Growth (Ed. AD Robson). Academic Press, Sydney, pp139-165

Robson AD and Abbott LK (1987) Managing symbiotic associations between plants and microorganisms. In: Production and utilization of pastures in Southern Australia. Eds. JL Wheeler, CJ Pearson and GE Robards Academic Press, Sydney, pp. 191-203

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1984) The effect of VA mycorrhizae on plant growth. In: VA Mycorrhiza Eds. CL Powell and DJ Bagyaraj. CRC Press, Florida, pp. 113-130

Abbott LK, Robson AD and Parker CA (1979) Double symbiosis in legumes - the role of the mycorrhizas. In: Proceedings of Symposium on Soil Microbiology and Plant Nutrition. (Eds. W.J. Broughton and C.K. John) University of Malaya Press, pp. 176-181

JOURNALS (Refereed)

Van der Heyde M, Ohsowski B, Abbott LK and Hart M (2017) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal responses to disturbance are context-dependant. Mycorrhiza (in press)

Weerasekara A, Jenkins A, Abbott LK, Waite I, McGrath JW, Larma I, Eroglu E, O'Donnell A and Whiteley AS (2016) Microbial phylogenetic and functional responses within acidified wastewater communities exhibiting enhanced phosphate uptake. Bioresource Technology 220: 55-61

Fan J-W, Du Y-L, Wang B-R, Abbott LK, Stefanova K, Siddique KHM and Li F-M (2016) Forage yield, soil moisture and soil phosphatase activity in response to N and P fertilization in two different ages alfalfa stands in semiarid environment. Field Crops Research 198: 247-257

Pauli N, Abbott LK, Negrete-Yankelevich S and Andrés P (2016) Farmers' knowledge and use of soil fauna in agriculture: a worldwide review Ecology and Society. 21(3):19 http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08597-210319

Mickan BS, Abbott LK, Stefanova K and Solaiman ZM (2016) Demonstrated mechanisms for interactions between biochar and mycorrhizal fungi in water-deficient agricultural soil. Mycorrhiza 26: 565-574

Hanlon, LM, Abbott LK and Kennedy DM (2016) Coastal mycology and invasive species: Boundary conditions for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in incipient sand dunes. Journal of Coastal Research 75: 283-287

Jaafar NM, Clode PL and Abbott LK (2015) Biochar-soil interactions in four agricultural soils. Pedosphere 25: 729-736

Jaafar NM Clode PL and Abbott LK (2015) Soil microbial responses to biochar varying in particle size, surface and pore properties. Pedosphere 25: 770-780
A
bbott LK and Manning DAC (2015) Soil health and related ecosystem services in organic agriculture. Sustainable Agriculture Research 4: 116-125

Shanmugam S and Abbott LK (2015) Potential for Recycling Nutrients from Biosolids Amended with Clay and Lime in Coarse-Textured Water Repellence, Acidic Soils of Western Australia. Applied and Environmental Soil Science. Article ID 541818

Shanmugam S and Abbott LK (2015) Residual effects of Lime- and Clay-amended biosolids applied to coarse-textured pasture soil. Applied and Environmental Soil Science. Article ID 417192

Shanmugam S, Abbott LK, Murphy DV (2014) Clay addition to lime-amended biosolids overcomes water repellence and provides nitrogen supply in an acid sandy soil. Soil Biology and Fertility of Soils 50: 1047-1059

Jaafar NM, Clode, PL and Abbott LK (2014) Microscopy observations of habitable space in biochar for colonization by fungal hyphae from soil. Journal of Integrative Agriculture 13: 483-490

Koch A, McBratney A, Adams M, Field D, Hill R, Crawford J, Minasny B, Lal R, Abbott L, O'Donnell A, Angers D, Baldock J, Barbier E, Binkley D, Parton W, Wall DH, Bird M, Bouma J, Chenu C, Flora BF, Goulding K, Grunwald S, Hempel J, Jastrow J, Lehmann J, Lorenz K, Morgan CL, Rice CW, Whitehead D, Young I and Zimmermann M (2013) Soil Security: Solving the Global Soil Crisis. Global Policy 4: 334-341

Stockmann U, Adams MA, Crawford JW, Field DJ, Henakaarchchi, N, Jenkins M, Minasny B, McBratney AB, de Courcelles V, Singh K, Wheeler I, Abbott L, Angers D. Baldock J, Bird M, Brookes PC, Chenu C, Jastrowh JD, Lal R, Lehmann J, O'Donnell AG, Parton W, Whitehead, D, Zimmermann M (2013) The knowns, known unknowns and unknowns of sequestration of soil organic carbon. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 164: 80-99

Shi P, Abbott LK, Banning NC and Zhao B (2012) Comparison of morphological and molecular genetic quantification of relative abundance of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi within roots. Mycorrhiza 22: 501-513

Solaiman MZ, Murphy DV and Abbott LK (2012) Biochars influence seed germination and early growth of seedlings. Plant and Soil 353: 273-287

Djajadi, Abbott LK and Hinz C (2012) Synergistic impaces of clay and organic matter on structural and biological properties of a sandy soil. Geoderma 183: 19-24

Abbott LK, Tang C and Reuter D (2011) Soil-plant-microbe interactions from microscope to field interactions. Editorial. Plant and Soil 348: 1-5

Djuuna IAF, Abbott LK and Russell C (2011) Determination and prediction of some soil properties using Partial Least Square (PLS) calibration and Mid-Infra Red (MIR) spectroscopy analysis. Journal of Tropical Soils 16: 93-98

Field DJ, Koppi AJ, Jarret L, Abbott L, Cattle S, Grant C, McBratney A, Menzies N and Weatherley T (2011) Soil Science Teaching Principles. Geoderma 167-168; 9–14

Murphy DV, Cookson WR, Braimbridge M, Marschner P, Jones DL, and Abbott LK (2011) Relationships between soil organic matter and the soil microbial biomass (size, functional diversity, and community structure) in crop and pasture systems in a semi-arid environment. Soil Research 49: 582-594

Solaiman ZM, Blackwell P, Abbott, LK, and Storer P (2010) Direct and residual effect of biochar on mycorrhizal root colonisation, growth and nutrition of wheat. Australian Journal of Soil Research 48: 546-554

Djuuna, IAF, Abbott, LK and van Niel, K (2010) Predicting infectivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from soil variables using Generalised Additive Models and Generalised Linear Models. Biodiversitas 11:145-150

Levy A, Merritt AJ, Mayo MJ, Chang BJ, Abbott LK and Inglis TJJ (2009) Association between Burkholderia species and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus spores in soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41: 1757-1759

Amir H, Jasper DA and Abbott LK (2008) Tolerance and induction of tolerance to Ni of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from New Caledonian ultramafic soils. Mycorrhiza 19: 1-6

Solaiman MZ and Abbott LK (2008) Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, inoculum level and phosphorus placement on growth and phosphorus uptake of Phyllanthus calycinus in jarrah forest soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils 44: 815-821

Schweiger PF, Robson AD, Barrow NJ and Abbott LK (2007) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from three general induce two-phase plant growth responses on a high P-fixing soil. Plant and Soil 292: 181-192

Juniper S and Abbott LK (2006) Soil salinity delays germination and limits growth of hyphae from propagules of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 16: 371-397

Schwartz MW, Hoeksema JD, Gehring CA, Johnson NC, Klironomos JN, Abbott LK, Pringle A (2006) The promise and the potential consequences of the global transport of mycorrhizal fungal inoculum. Ecology Letters 9: 501–515

Osler GHR, Gauci CS and Abbott LK (2004) Limited evidence for short-term succession of microarthropods during early phases of surface litter decomposition. Pedobiologia 48: 37-49

Juniper S and Abbott LK (2004) A change in the concentration of NaCl in soil alters the rate of hyphal extension of some arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi Canadian Journal of Botany 82 (8): 1235-1242

Gazey C, Abbott LK and Robson AD (2004) Indigenous and introduced arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi contribute to plant growth in two agricultural soils from south-western Australia. Mycorrhiza 14: 355-362

McInnes A, Thies JE, Abbott LK and Howieson JG (2004) The structure and diversity of rhizobial populations and communities – a review. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36 (8): 1295-1308

Solaiman MZ and Abbott LK (2003) Phosphorus uptake by a community of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in jarrah forest. Plant and Soil 248: 312-320

Levy A, Chang BJ, Abbott LK and Inglis T (2003) Invasion of spores of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Gigaspora decipiens by Burkholderia spp. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69: 6250-6256

Bell J, Wells S, Jasper DA and Abbott LK (2003) Field inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in rehabilitation of mine sites with native vegetation, including Acacia spp. Australian Systematic Botany 16: 131-138

Peltzer S, Abbott LK and Atkins C (2002) Effect of low root-zone temperature on nodule initiation in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L). Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 53: 355-365

Sano SM, Abbott LK, Solaiman Z and Robson AD (2002) Influence of liming, inoculum level and inoculum placement on root colonization of subterranean clover. Mycorrhiza 12: 285-290

Ganz TR, Kailis SG and Abbott LK (2002) Mycorrhizal colonization and its effect on growth, phosphate uptake and tissue phenolic content in the European olice (Olea europaea L.) Advances in Horticultural Science 3-4: 109-116

Ganz TR, Harris D, Abbott LK and Kailis SG (2002) Organoleptic and nutritional quality of olive oil from south-western region of Australia. Advances in Horticultural Science 3-4: 267-272

Collins MT, Thies JE and Abbott LK (2002) Diversity and symbiotic effectiveness of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii isolates from pasture soils in south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Soil Research 40: 1319-1329

Jakobsen I, Gazey C and Abbott LK (2001) Phosphate transport by communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in intact soil cores. New Phytologist 149: 95-103

Osler GHR, van Vliet PCJ, Gauci CS and Abbott LK (2000) Changes in free living soil nematode and micro-arthropod communities under a canola-wheat-lupin rotation in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Soil Research 38: 47-59

Graham JH and Abbott LK (2000) Wheat responses to aggressive and non-aggressive arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Plant and Soil 220: 207-218

van Vliet PCJ, Gupta VVSR and Abbott LK (2000) Soil biota and stubble decomposition during summer and autumn in south-western Australia. Applied Soil Ecology 14: 111-124

Thippayarugs S, Bansal M and Abbott LK (1999) Morphology and infectivity of fine endophyte in a mediterranean environment. Mycological Research 103:1369-1379

Brundrett MC, Abbott LK and Jasper DA (1999) Glomalean mycorrhizal fungi from tropical Australia. 1. Comparison of the effectiveness and specificity of different isolation procedures. Mycorrhiza 8: 305-314

McMillen B, Juniper S and Abbott LK (1998) Inhibition of hyphal growth of a vesicular mycorrhizal fungus in soil containing sodium chloride limits the spread of infection from spores. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 30: 1639-1646

Braunberger PG, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1997) Early vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal colonisation in soil collected from an annual clover-based pasture in a Mediterranean environment: Soil temperature and timing of autumn rains. Australian Journal of Soil Research 48: 103-110

Braunberger PG, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1996) Infectivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi after wetting and drying. New Phytologist 134: 673-684

Degens BP, Sparling GP and Abbott LK (1996) Increasing the length of hyphae in a sandy soil increases the amount of water-stable aggregates. Applied Soil Ecology 74:1-11

Brundrett MC and Abbott LK (1995) Mycorrhizal fungus propagules in the Jarrah forest. II Spatial variability in inoculum levels. New Phytologist 131: 461-469

Abbott LK, Robson AD and Scheltema MA (1995) Managing soils to enhance mycorrhizal benefits in mediterranean agriculture. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 15: 213-228

Braunberger PG, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1994) The effect of rain in the dry-season on the formation of VA mycorrhizas in the growing season of annual clover-based pastures. New Phytologist 127, 107-114

Pearson JN, Abbott LK and Jasper AD (1994) Phosphorus, soluble carbohydrates and the competition between two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonizing subterranean clover. New Phytologist 127, 101-106

Degens BP, Sparling GP and Abbott LK (1994) The contribution from hyphae, roots and organic carbon constituents to the aggregation of a sandy loam under long-term clover-based and grass pastures. European Journal of Soil Science 45: 459-468

Abbott LK and Gazey C (1994) An ecological view of the formation of VA mycorrhizas. Plant and Soil 159: 69-78

Brundrett MC and Abbott LK (1994) Mycorrhizal fungus propagules in the Jarrah forest. 1. Seasonal study of inoculum levels. New Phytologist 127: 539-46

Pearson JN, Abbott LK and Jasper DJ (1993) Mediation of competition between two colonizing VA mycorrhizal fungi by the host plant. New Phytologist 123: 93-98

Juniper S and Abbott LK (1993) Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas and soil salinity. Mycorrhiza 4: 45-57

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1993) The survival of infective hyphae of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in dry soil: an interaction with sporulation. New Phytologist 124: 473-479

Gazey C, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1993) VA mycorrhizal spores from three species of Acaulospora: germination, longevity and hyphal growth. Mycoloigical Research 97:785-790

Elliott GA, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1993) Effects of phosphate and nitrogen application on death of the root cortex in spring wheat. New Phytologist 123:375-382

Thomson BD, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1992) The effect of long-term applications of phosphorus fertilizer on populations of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in pastures. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 43: 1131-42

Jakobsen I, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1992) External hyphae of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with Trifolium subterraneum. 2. Hyphal transport of 32P over defined distances. New Phytologist 120: 509-516

Smith SE, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1992) The involvement of mycorrhizas of genetically-dependent efficiency of nutrient uptake and use. Plant and Soil 146: 169-179

Jakobsen I, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1992) External hyphae of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi associated with Trifolium subterraneum. 1. Spread of hyphae and phosphorus inflow into roots. New Phytologist 120: 371-380

Howieson JG, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1992) Calcium modifies pH effects on the growth of acid-tolerant and acid-sensitive Rhizobium meliloti. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 43: 765-72

Howieson JG, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1992) Acid-tolerant species of Medicago produce root exudates at low pH which induce the expression of nodulation genes in Rhizobium meliloti. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 19: 287-96

Gazey C, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1992) The rate of development of mycorrhizas affects the onset of sporulation and production of external hyphae by two species of Acaulospora. Mycological Research 96: 643-650

Jasper AD, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1991) The effect of soil disturbance on VA mycorrhizal fungi, in soils from different vegetation types. New Phytologist 118: 471-76

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1991) Factors influencing the occurrence of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 35: 121-150

Brundrett MC and Abbott LK (1991) Roots of jarrah forest plants. I. Mycorrhizal associations of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Australian Journal of Botany 39: 445-57

Thomson BD, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1991) Soil mediated effects of phosphorus supply on the formation of mycorrhizas by Scutellispora calospora (Nicol. & Gerd.) Walker & Sanders on subterranean clover. New Phytologist 118: 463-469

Thomson BD, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1990) Mycorrhizas formed by Gigaspora calospora and Glomus fasciculatum on subterranean clover in relation to soluble carbohydrate concentrations in roots. New Phytologist 114: 217-25

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1989) The loss of VA mycorrhizal infectivity during bauxite mining may limit the growth of Acacia pulchella R. Br. Australian Journal of Botany 37: 33-42

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1989) Acacias respond to additions of phosphorus and to inoculation with VA mycorrhizal fungi in soils stockpiled during mineral sand mining. Plant and Soil 115: 99-108

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1989) Hyphae of a VA mycorrhizal fungus maintain infectivity in dry soil, except when the soil is disturbed. New Phytologist 112: 101-107

Jasper DA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1989) Soil disturbance reduces the infectivity of external hyphae of VA mycorrhizal fungi. New Phytologist 112: 93-99

Jasper DA, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1988) Revegetation in an iron-ore mine - nutrient requirements for plant growth and the potential role of vesicular-arbuscular (VA) mycorrhizal fungi. Australian Journal of Soil Research 26: 497-507

Scheltema MA, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1987) Seasonal variation in infectivity of VA mycorrhizal fungi in annual pastures in a Mediterranean environment. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 38: 707-715

Porter WM, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1987) Factors controlling the distribution of VA mycorrhizal fungi in relation to soil pH. Journal of Applied Ecology 24: 663-672

Porter WM, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1987) Field survey of the distribution of VA mycorrhizal fungi in relation to soil pH. Journal of Applied Ecology 24: 659-662

Scheltema MA, Abbott LK, Robson AD and De'Ath G (1987) The spread of mycorrhizal infection by Gigaspora calospora from a localized inoculum. New Phytologist 106: 727-734

Jasper DA, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1987) The effect of surface mining on the infectivity of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Australian Journal of Botany 35: 641-652

Thomson BD, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1986) Effects of phosphorus on the formation of mycorrhizas by Gigaspora calospora and Glomus fasciculatum in relation to root carbohydrates. New Phytologist 103: 751-765

MacLeod WJ, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1986) Effects of phosphate supply and inoculation with a vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus on the death of the root cortex of wheat, rape and subterranean clover. New Phytologist 103: 349-357

Scheltema MA, Abbott LK, Robson AD and De'Ath G (1985) The spread of Glomus fasciculatum through roots of Trifolium subterraneum and Lolium rigidum. New Phytologist 100: 105-114

Thomson BD, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1985) Sulfur supply and the formation of VA mycorrhizas by Glomus fasciculatum on subterranean clover. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 17: 877-879

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1985) The effect of soil pH on the formation of VA mycorrhizas by two species of Glomus. Australian Journal of Soil Research 23: 253-61

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1985) Formation of external hyphae in soil by four species of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. New Phytologist 99: 245-255

Abbott LK and Robson AD. (1985) Managing vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to increase the efficiency of fertilizer use. Reviews in Rural Science 6: 198-206

Abbott LK, Robson AD and de Boer G (1984) The effect of phosphorus on the formation of hyphae in soil by the vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus, Glomus fasciculatum. New Phytologist 97: 437-446

Abbott, L.K. and Robson, A.D. (1984) The effect of root density, inoculum placement and infectivity of inoculum on the development of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas. New Phytologist 97: 285-299

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1984) Colonization of the root system of subterranean clover by three species of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. New Phytologist 96: 275-281

Hall IR and Abbott LK (1984) Some Endogonaceae from South Western Australia. Transactions of the British Mycological Society 83: 203-208

Same BI, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1983) Phosphorus, soluble carbohydrates and endomycorrhizal infection. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 15: 593-597

Hall IR and Abbott LK (1983) Photographic slide collection illustrating features of the Endogonaceae. Bulletin British Mycological Society 17: 54-55

Bolan NS and Abbott LK (1983) Seasonal variation in infectivity of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in relation to plant response to applied phosphorus. Australian Journal of Soil Research 21: 207-210

Abbott LK, Robson AD and Hall IR (1983) Introduction of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi into agricultural soils. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 34: 741-749

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1982) Infectivity of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agricultural soils. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 33: 1049-59

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1982) The role of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in agriculture and the selection of fungi for inoculation. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 33: 389-408

Abbott LK (1982) Comparative anatomy of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas formed on subterranean clover. Australian Journal of Botany 30: 485-499

Tommerup IC and Abbott LK (1981) Prolonged survival and viability of V.A. mycorrhizal hyphae after root death. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 13: 431-433

Robson AD, O'Hara GW and Abbott LK (1981) Involvement of phosphorus in nitrogen fixation by subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.) Australian Journal of Plant Physiololgy 8: 427-436

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1981) Infectivity and effectiveness of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: effect of inoculum type. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 32: 631-639

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1981) Infectivity and effectiveness of five endomycorrhizal fungi: competition with indigenous fungi in field soils. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 32: 621-30

Pairunan AK, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1980) The effectiveness of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizas in increasing growth and phosphorus uptake of subterranean clover from phosphorus sources of different solubilities. New Phytologist 84: 327-338

Jasper DA, Robson AD and Abbott LK (1979) Phosphorus and the formation of vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizas. Soil Biology Biochemistry 11: 501-505

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1979) A quantitative study of the spores and anatomy of mycorrhizas formed by a species of Glomus, with reference to its taxonomy. Australian Journal of Botany 27: 363-75

Smith JNM, Grant PR, Grant BR, Abbott I and Abbott LK (1978) Seasonal variation in feeding habits of Darwin's Ground Finches. Ecology 59: 1137-1150

Abbott I and Abbott LK (1978) Multivariate study of morphological variation in Galapagos and Ecuadorian mockingbirds. Condor 80: 302-308

Porter WM, Abbott LK and Robson AD (1978) Effect of rate of application of superphosphate on populations of vesicular arbuscular endophytes. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture and Animal Husbandry 18: 573-578

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1978) Growth of subterranean clover in relation to the formation of endomycorrhizas by introduced and indigenous fungi in a field soil. New Phytologist 81: 575-585

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1977) The distribution and abundance of vesicular arbuscular endophytes in some Western Australian soils. Australian Journal of Botany 25: 515-22

Abbott LK and Robson AD (1977) Growth stimulation of subterranean clover with vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizas. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 28: 639-49

Abbott I, Abbott, LK and Grant PR (1977) Comparative ecology of Galapagos ground finches (Geospiza-Gould) – Evolution of importance of floristic diversity and interspecific competition. Ecological Monographs 47: 151-184

Grant PR, Grant BR, Smith JNM, Abbott I and Abbott LK (1976) Darwin's finches: population variation and natural selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 73: 257-261

Grant, PR, Smith JNM, Grant BR, Abbott I and Abbott LK (1975) Finch numbers, owl predation and plant dispersal on Isla Daphne Major, Galápagos. Oecologia 19: 239-257

Abbott I, Abbott LK and Grant PR (1975) Seed selection and handling ability of 4 species of Darwin’s finches. Cordor 77: 332-335

Abbott LK and Holland AA (1975) Electrophoretic patterns of soluble proteins and isoenzymes of Gaeumannomyces graminis. Australian Journal of Botany 23: 1-12

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Sudmeyer RA, Abbott L and Jones H (2008) Phase Farming with Trees: Field validation of the cropping phase. RIRDC Publication No. 08/122, pp. ii-xi, 1-57

Carson J, Harley A, Abbott LK and Gleeson D (2012) Adding Value to Organic Pasture: Microbes and minerals. RIRDC Publication No. 12/069 pp.1-36



Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Current Position:
Emeritus Professor
Senior Honorary Research Fellow

Previous positions include:
Deputy Director, UWA Institute of Agriculture (2014)
Vice Dean, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Head, School of Earth and Environment
Winthrop Professor, School of Earth and Environment
Industrial relevance
Land management in agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, minesite restoration; soil health; soil fertility; organic agriculture
Honours and awards
2016 Soil Science Australia, Fellow
1993 Fellow, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
2007 Carrick Citation, Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Teaching
AGRI5504 Organic Agriculture (Masters level unit)
Current external positions
Associate Editor, Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science

Advisory Board, Organic Agriculture (Springer Journal)

Editorial Board, Applied and Environmental Soil Science

Editorial Board, Journal of Organic Systems

Chair, Graduate Women Western Australian Education Trust

Committee member, AgInstitute (WA Division)
Useful links
www.soilhealth.com
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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