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- 2021
Reader, University of Aberdeen 2021-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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Potential Toxic Element (PTE) Soil Concentrations at an Urban Unregulated Ghanaian E-waste Recycling Centre: Environmental Contamination, Human Exposure and Policy ImplicationsExposure and HealthContributions to Journals: Articles
Cadmium Tolerance and Accumulation in Wild Rice SpeciesRice ScienceContributions to Journals: Letters
Superior Haplotypes for Early Root Vigor Traits in Rice Under Dry Direct Seeded Low Nitrogen Condition Through Genome Wide Association MappingFrontiers in plant science, vol. 13, 911775Contributions to Journals: Articles
Superior haplotypes for early root vigor traits under dry direct seeded low nitrogen condition through Genome Wide Association MappingFrontiers in plant science, vol. 13, 911775Contributions to Journals: Articles
Evaluating variation in germination and growth of landraces of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under salinity stressFrontiers in plant science, vol. 13, 863069Contributions to Journals: Articles
Natural Variations and Genetic Constraints on Plant NutritionFrontiers in GeneticsContributions to Journals: Editorials
Impact of soil-type, soil-pH, and soil-metal(loids) on grain-As and Cd accumulation in Malawian rice grown in three regions of MalawiEnvironmental Advances, vol. 7, 100145Contributions to Journals: Articles
Identification of genomic loci regulating grain iron content in aus rice under two irrigation management systemsFood and Energy Security, vol. 11, no. 1, e329Contributions to Journals: Articles
Editorial: Natural Variations and Genetic Constraints on Plant NutritionFrontiers in Genetics, vol. 13, pp. 941118Contributions to Journals: Editorials
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