Dr Gareth Norton
BSc (Hons), Molecular Biology, University of Hertfordshire, 2001
PhD, Plant Molecular Biology, University of Hertfordshire, 2005
Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, 2005-2013
Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 2013-2017
Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, 2017- Present
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Schools Examination Officer
- External Memberships
Editor for Agronomy – http://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy
Editor for Exposure and Health - https://link.springer.com/journal/12403
Guest editor of the Agronomy special issues “Accumulation and Distribution of Elements in Crop Plants” - http://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/special_issues/accumulation-elements
My research interests include the accumulation and distribution of elements in plants and their impact on human health and food security, with a focus on arsenic and beneficial minerals such as zinc. I have been integrating elemental concentrations with genetic mapping, genomics, and transcriptomics, with the aim of identifying genes and the mechanisms responsible for the accumulation of elements in plants. I also have an interest in understanding the processes involved in arsenic (and other metals) cycling in the environment.
Current research group.
Former research group.
Zainab Abubakar Adamu – “Genetics of drought resistance in rice: Role of aquaporins on root hydraulic conductance and water use traits in rice”.
Mohammad Sayedul Islam – “Physiological and Molecular characterization of adaptation to alternative wetting and drying in Bangladeshi rice cultivars”
Partha Talukdar – “The transfer mechanism of arsenic in rice from the shoot to the grain during grain filling.”
Tanvir Chowdhury – “Biogeochemical cycling of elements in Bangladeshi soils”
Munmi Phukon - "Transcriptomics study of rice in response to alternate wetting and drying irrigation”
Natasha Falconer – “Rice: balancing sustainable agricultural production methods and cultivar diversity with nutrient content and contaminant levels - a Bangladeshi dietary modelling proof of concept project"
Barry Nourice - "Impact of salinity on agriculture in the Seychelles"
Jonathan Cope – “Introgressing resilience and resource use efficiency traits from Scots Bere to elite barley”
Funding and Grants
BBSRC funded project “A genetic dissection of traits required for sustainable water use in rice using Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)” joint with Lancaster, the International Rice Research Institute and Bangladesh Agricultral University (Mymensingh). £1.1 M with £922 K to Aberdeen. Co-I (P.I. Adam Price). Start February 2012, end January 2016.
Scottish Funding Council - via Food and Drink Network "Identifying environmental factors which cause variation in fatty acid composition in rapeseed oil". £5K. P.I. (Co-I's; Prof Paul Hallett and Prof David Salt).
BSc Environmental Science
MSc Environmental Science (Joint with Dr Vasilis Louca)
MSc Environmental Management
EV3801 / EV5800: Environmental Analysis
SS5805: Land Use and the Changing Environment on Deeside (Joint with Prof. Graeme Paton)
BI1511 Ecology and Environmental Science
PL3309 / SS5305: Soils for Food Security
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Identification of genomic loci regulating grain iron content in aus rice undertwo irrigation management systemsFood and Energy Security, e329Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genome-wide association mapping of sodium and potassium concentration in rice grains and shoots under alternate wetting and drying and continuously flooded irrigationTheoretical and Applied Genetics, vol. 134, pp. 2315-2334Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genomic prediction of arsenic tolerance and grain yield in rice: Contribution of trait-specific markers and multi environment modelsRice, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 268-278Contributions to Journals: Articles
Physiological responses and transcriptome analyses of upland rice following exposure to arsenite and arsenateEnvironmental and Experimental Botany, vol. 183, 104366Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genome-wide association mapping for grain manganese in rice (Oryza sativa L.) using a multi-experiment approachHeredity, vol. 126, no. 3, pp. 505-520Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genetic loci regulating cadmium content in rice grainsEuphytica, vol. 217, no. 3, 35Contributions to Journals: Articles
Arsenic dynamics in paddy soil under traditional manuring practices in BangladeshEnvironmental Pollution, vol. 268, Part A, 115821Contributions to Journals: Articles
Geochemical variability in the soils of Bangladesh as affected by sources of irrigation water and inundation land typesSN Applied Sciences, vol. 3, no. 2, 256Contributions to Journals: Articles
Genome-Wide Association Mapping for Salt Tolerance of Rice Seedlings Grown in Hydroponic and Soil Systems Using the Bengal and Assam Aus PanelFrontiers in plant science, vol. 11, 576479Contributions to Journals: Articles
Assessing the variation in manganese use efficiency traits in Scottish barley landrace Bere (Hordeum vulgare L.)Annals of Botany, vol. 126, no. 2, pp. 289-300Contributions to Journals: Articles