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Ms Emily C Farthing 

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Ms Emily C Farthing is Postgraduate Research Student within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic Qualifications

2012-present: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.
Summer 2011 and 2012: Research Assistant. Chemical Ecology and Nanoneuroscience, University of Southampton, UK.
2009-2012: First Class BSc (Hons) in Biology. University of Southampton, UK.






Research interests

Research Interests: Food security

Manganese (Mn) is an essential heavy metal in both plant and animal nutrition, but is detrimental for an organism if scarce or when present in excess. Mn deficiency and toxicity are major causes of crop yield loss across the globe, particularly in barley and wheat, resulting in stunted growth and reduced photosynthetic capacity. To avoid these nutritional extremes, plants rely on membrane transporters to take up manganese, distribute it around the plant and deliver it to particular cellular locations.

This project is investigating how different transporter families cooperate to maintain homeostasis under varying levels of Mn, mainly using the model plant Arabidopsis. Key families of transporters under investigation are the Metal Tolerance Proteins (MTPs), the P2A-type ATPases and the Natural Resistance-Associated Macrophage Proteins (NRAMPs). We are investigating their role by using knockout mutants where the particular transporter gene is none-functional and gene expression analysis to explore tissue distribution and regulation.

Supervisor: Dr. Lorraine E. Williams (95%), Dr. Neil Smyth (5%)
PhD research: Pathways of manganese homeostasis in higher plants
Funding: Gerald Kerkut Trust

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Research project(s)

Manganese homeostasis in higher plants

Investigating membrane proteins of Arabidopsis involved in alleviating manganese toxicity and deficiency across the plant.

Postgraduate Representative on Biological Sciences Graduate School Committee. Part of this role involves organising the annual Biological Sciences postgraduate research symposium.
Vice president for the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Society

Key Publications


BIOL2002 Cell Biology
BIOL2007 Plant Development and Function

Ms Emily C Farthing
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Natural & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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