Dr Tony Miller

Senior Scientist
Metabolic Biology

The Miller Lab addresses fundamental questions in plant nutrition with a specialist interest in membrane transporters. Nitrogen nutrition is a particular focus of the group’s research and the structure and function of membrane transporters for nitrate, ammonium and amino acids is being studied. Some of these transporters play a key role in sensing nitrogen availability in the soil.

Nitrogen cycling at the root/soil interface is important for uptake by plants and typically around 60% of the N fertilizer applied to crops is not taken up and can be leached into the environment. We work closely with soil scientists and microbiologists to identify ways to improve nitrogen use efficiency in crops. Close collaborations with Chinese scientists have led to the development of cereals with much improved yield and nitrogen use efficiency.


Tel: 01603 450000

John Innes Centre scientists identify protein which boosts rice yield by fifty percent

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Recent Publications

Vincent T. R., Avramova M., Canham J., Higgins P., Bilkey N., Mugford S. T., Pitino M., Toyota M., Gilroy S., Miller T. J., Hogenhout S., Sanders D. (2017)

Interplay of plasma membrane and vacuolar ion channels, together with BAK1, elicits rapid cytosolic calcium elevations in Arabidopsis during aphid feeding.

Plant Cell Epub ahead of print pEpub ahead of print

Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.17.00136

Chen Y., Sun S. K., Tang Z., Liu G., Moore K. L., Maathuis F. J. M., Miller A. J., McGrath S. P., Zhao F. J. (2017)

The Nodulin 26-like intrinsic membrane protein OsNIP3;2 is involved in arsenite uptake by lateral roots in rice.

Journal of Experimental Botany Epub ahead of print pEpub ahead of print

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/jxb/erx165

Menguer P., Vincent T., Miller A. J., Brown J. K. M., Vincze E., Borg S., Holm P. B., Sanders D., Podar D. (2017)

Improving zinc accumulation in barley endosperm using HvMTP1, a transition metal transporter.

Plant Biotechnology Journal Plant Biotechnol J. 2017 Apr 24. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12749. [Epub ahead of print] pdoi: 10.1111/pbi.12749

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/pbi.12749

Kenzhebayeva S. S., Doktyrbay G., Capstaff N., Sarsu F., Omirbekova N. Z. H., Eilam T., Tashenev D. K., Miller A. J. (2017)

Searching a spring wheat mutation resource for correlations between yield, grain size, and quality parameters

Journal of Crop Improvement 31 (tbc) p1-20

Publisher’s version: 10.1080/15427528.2016.1276990

Murray J. D., Liu C. W., Chen Y., Miller A. J. (2016)

Nitrogen sensing in legumes.

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