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

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Recent Publications

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.

Hu R., Qiu D., Chen Y., Miller A. J., Fan X., Pan X., Zhang M. (2016)

Knock-down of a tonoplast localized low-affinity nitrate transporter OsNPF7.2 affects rice growth under high nitrate supply

Frontiers in Plant Science 7 p1-13

Publisher’s version: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01529

Foyer C. H., Lam H. M., Nguyen H. T., Kadambot H. M. S., Varshney R. K., Colmer T. D., Cowling W., Bramley H., Mori T. A., Hodgson J. M., Cooper J. W., Miller A. J., Kunert K., Vorster J., Cullis C., Ozga J. A., Wahlqvist M. L., Liang Y., Shou H., Shi K., Yu J., Fodor N., Kaiser B. N., Wong F. K., Valliyodan B., Considine M. J. (2016)

Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production

Fan X., Tang Z., Tan Y., Zhang Y., Luo B., Yang M., Lian X., Shen Q., Miller A. J., Xu G. (2016)

Overexpression of a pH-sensitive nitrate transporter in rice increases crop yields.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113 p7118-23

Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1525184113

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