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Tony Miller

Posted by | March 13, 2021


Tony Miller

Job Title:

Senior Scientist


Phone Number:

+44 1603 450200


Plant scientist with over 25 years of experience in crop nutrition, specializing in membrane transporters. Editorial duties for several high impact journals, he has written reviews on plant nitrogen biochemistry, physiology and transport, with over 120 research papers on nutrition that cover a broad range from the molecule level to the whole plant and soil/root physiology.

Research Areas:

  • Plant nitrogen physiology and transport

Current N-related Projects:

  • Improving crop nitrogen use efficiency


Fan X, Tang Z, Tan Y, Zhang Y, Luo B, Yang M, Lian X, Shen Q, Miller AJ, Xu G (2016) Overexpression of a pH-sensitive nitrate transporter in rice increases crop yields. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113: 7118-7123.

Lupini A, Mercati F, Araniti F, Miller AJ, Sunseri F, Abenavoli MR (2016) NAR2.1/NRT2.1 functional interaction with NO3- and H+ fluxes in high-affinity nitrate transport in maize root regions. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 102: 107-114.

Castro-Rodríguez V, Assaf-Casals I, Pérez-Tienda J, Fan X, Avila C, Miller A, Cánovas FM (2016) Deciphering the molecular basis of ammonium uptake and transport in maritime pine. Plant, Cell & Environment 39: 1669-1682.

Xia X, Fan X, Wei J, Feng H, Qu H, Xie D., Miller AJ, Xu G. (2015) Rice nitrate transporter OsNPF2.4 functions in low-affinity acquisition and long-distance transport Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 317-31.

Liu X, Huang D, Tao J, Miller AJ, Fan X, Xu G. (2014) Identification and functional assay of the interaction motifs in the partner protein OsNAR2.1 of the two-component system for high-affinity nitrate transport. New Phytologist 204: 74-80.

Helliwell JR, Miller AJ, Whalley WR., Mooney SJ, Sturrock CJ. (2014) Quantifying the impact of microbes on soil structural development and behaviour in wet soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 74: 138-47.

Wang E, Yu N, Bano SA, Liu C, Miller AJ, Cousins D, Zhang X, Ratet P, Tadege M, Mysore KS, Downie JA, Murray JD, Oldroyd GED, Schultze M (2014) A H+-ATPase that energizes nutrient uptake during mycorrhizal symbioses in rice and Medicago truncatula. Plant Cell 26: 1818-30.

Shaw R, Williams AP, Miller AJ, Jones DL. (2013) Assessing the potential for ion selective electrodes and dual wavelength UV spectroscopy as a rapid on-farm measurement of soil nitrate concentration. Agriculture 3: 327-41.

Feng H, Xia X, Fan X, Xu G, Miller AJ. (2013) Optimizing plant transporter expression in Xenopus oocytes. Plant Methods 9: 48.

Chapman N, Miller AJ, Lindsey K, Whalley WR, (2012) Roots, water, and nutrient acquisition: let’s get physical. Trends in Plant Science 17: 701-10.

Tang Z, Fan X, Li Q, Feng H, Miller AJ, Shen Q, Xu G. (2012) Knock down of a rice stelar nitrate transporter alters long distance translocation but not root influx. Plant Physiology 160: 2052-63.

Xu G, Fan X, Miller AJ. (2012) Plant nitrogen assimilation and use efficiency. Annual Review of Plant Biology 63: 153–82.

Kiba T, Feria-Bourrellier AB, Lafouge F, Lezhneva L, Boutet-Mercey S, Orsel M, Bréhaut V, Miller AJ, Daniel-Vedele F, Sakakibara H, Krapp A. (2012) The Arabidopsis nitrate transporter NRT2.4 plays a double role in roots and shoots of nitrogen-starved plants. Plant Cell 24: 245-58.