Andrew Smith

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Oxford
South Parks Road

Professor of Plant Sciences & Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College

Andrew Smith’s research is focused on the investigation of the molecular basis of plant adaptations to drought, salinity and metals.

Much of his work focuses on solute accumulation in the cell vacuole, since this provides the most important storage compartment for osmotically active and potentially cytotoxic ions.

One system studied as a paradigm for regulation of vacuolar solute transport is malic-acid accumulation in plants showing crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM). His other major research effort is in the study of "metal-hyperaccumulator plants". These are extremely metal-tolerant plants that accumulate exceptional concentrations of transition metals in their leaves (for example, more than 3 % by dry biomass of nickel or zinc). It is possible that such plants may aid in the clean-up of contaminated soils through the process of phytoremediation.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Baresch, A, Smith, J.A.C, Winter, K, Valerio, A.L, Jaramillo, C. (2011) Karatophyllum bromelioides L.D. Gómez revisited: A probable fossil CAM bromeliad American Journal of Botany. 98 (11): pp 1905-1908.

West-Eberhard, M.J, Smith, J.A.C, Winter, K. (2011) Photosynthesis, reorganized Science. 332 (6027): pp 311-312.

Yan, X, Tan, D.K.Y, Inderwildi, O.R, Smith, J.A.C, King, D.A. (2011) Life cycle energy and greenhouse gas analysis for agave-derived bioethanol Energy and Environmental Science. 4 (9): pp 3110-3121.