Hans Lambers

Emeritus Professor, BSc PhD Groningen, FRNAAS, FAA

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 18610 Citations
  • 73 h-Index
1976 …2020

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Personal profile


I was born in the Netherlands; PhD (1979), and appointed Professor of Ecophysiology at Utrecht University (1985). In 1998, I migrated to Australia, where I was appointed Professor of Plant Biology/Ecology at the University of Western Australia. There, I studied rhizosphere biology and mineral nutrition of Australian native species and crop plants, seeking to discover how some Australian plants acquire phosphorus from depauperate soil and use it very efficiently. 

I have published >490 refereed articles, with an H index of 75, and feature on the current ISI Highly Cited list. In 2003 I was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2012 to the Australian Academy of Science. I received Honorary Professorships from China Agricultural University (2002), Chinese Academy of Sciences (Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Beijing) (2004), Shenyang Agricultural University (2018), and Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, China. (2019). I received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Root Research (2018) and was appointed as Distinguished Professor at the National Academy of Agriculture Green Development at China Agricultural University in 2018.


Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Mineral nutrition of Australian plants
  • Mineral nutrition of crop and pasture species
  • Plant physiology/ecology
  • Structure and functioning of cluster roots
  • Phosphorus-use efficiency
  • Conservation biology

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Research Output

Changes in soil phosphorus fractions following sole cropped and intercropped maize and faba bean grown on calcareous soil

Liao, D., Zhang, C., Li, H., Lambers, H. & Zhang, F., 1 Mar 2020, In : Plant and Soil. 448, 1-2, p. 587-601 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Editorial special issue: plant-soil interactions in the Amazon rainforest

    Flores, B. M., Oliveira, R. S., Rowland, L., Quesada, C. A. & Lambers, H., 1 May 2020, In : Plant and Soil. 450, 1-2

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access

    Linking shifts in species composition induced by grazing with root traits for phosphorus acquisition in a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia

    Yu, R. P., Zhang, W. P., Yu, Y. C., Yu, S. B., Lambers, H. & Li, L., 10 Apr 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 712, 136495.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)