Mark joined NSW Agriculture* in 1990 as a research agronomist and has undertaken research in pasture plant evaluation, management and physiology. He has over 30 years scientific research experience in a range of countries including Pakistan, France, Germany, temperate and tropical Australia, and has written extensively.
Mark undertook his PhD research at the Laboratory for the Ecophysiology of Plants in Stress Environments (LEPSE) of INRA at Montpellier, France and wrote his thesis at the University of Queensland. Mark has a wide range of research interests but is considered an authority on traits associated with drought survival in perennial grasses and is stationed at Wagga Wagga. Mark's Researcher ID is A-5927-2010.
*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW, and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.
Norton, Mark R., Garden, Denys L., Orchard, Beverley A., Armstrong, Philip (2018)Ameliorating acidity of an extensively-managed permanent pasture soil. Soil Use and Management, September 2018, 34, 343–353,doi: 10.1111/sum.12441.
Hayes, Richard C., Li, Guangdi D., Norton, Mark R., Culvenor, Richard A. (2017) Effects of contrasting seasonal growth patterns on composition and persistence of mixed grass-legume pastures over 5 years in a semi-arid Australian cropping environment. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 204, (3): 228-242. DOI: 10.1111/jac.12258.
Tufail, M.S., Nielsen, S., Southwell, A., Krebs, G.L., Piltz, J.W., Norton, M.R., Wynn, P.C. (2017) Constraints to adoption of improved technology for Berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) cultivation in Punjab, Pakistan. Experimental Agriculture, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0014479717000540.
Culvenor, R. A., Norton, M.R., De Faveri, J. (2017) Persistence and productivity of phalaris (Phalaris aquatica L.) germplasm in dry marginal rainfall environments of south-eastern Australia.Crop and Pasture Science 68(8) 781-797 https://doi.org/10.1071/CP17203
Volaire, F., Kallida, R., Norton, M., Malinowski, D., Barre, P. (2016) Fodder grass selection in the Mediterranean : the role of summer dormancy. In ‘The Mediterranean region under climate change: A scientific update’. Allenvi. IRD Editions, Marseille, France 2016. pp: 495-501.
Nichols, P.G.H., Norton, M.R. (2016) Improvement of pasture and forage legumes and grasses for Mediterranean climate zones. In ‘Options Méditerranéennes Series A No. 114 – Ecosystem services and socio-economic benefits of Mediterranean grasslands’, Proceedings of the 15th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM sub-network on Mediterranean pastures and fodder crops, (Eds A. Kryiazopoulis, A López-Francos, C Porqueddu, P. Sklavou) 12-14 April 2016, Orestiada, Greece pp. 157-168.
Norton, M. R., Malinowski, D. P. and Volaire F. (2016) Plant drought survival under climate change and strategies to improve perennial grasses. A Review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 36 (2) 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s13593-016-0362-1.
Volaire. F., Barkaoui K., Norton M. (2014) Designing resilient and sustainable grasslands for a drier future: adaptive strategies, functional traits and biotic interactions. European Journal of Agronomy, 52: 81-89.
Norton, M.R. and Koetz, E. A. (2014) Cover-cropping and establishment of lucerne-based pastures in a semi-arid zone, mixed farming system of uniform rainfall distribution. Grass and Forage Science. 69: 334-347.
Larkin, Philip J., Newell, Matthew T., Hayes, Richard C., Aktar, Jesmin., Norton, Mark R., Moroni, Sergio J., and Wade, Len J. (2014) Progress in developing perennial wheats for grain and grazing. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 1147-1164.
Norton, M. R., Lelièvre, the late F., and Volaire, F. (2014) Measuring dehydration tolerance in pasture grasses to improve drought survival. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 8, 828-840.
McCormick, Jeff I., Hayes, Richard C., Li, Guangdi., and Norton, Mark R. (2014).A review of pasture establishment by under-sowing with special reference to the mixed farming zone of south-eastern Australia. Crop and Pasture Science, 65, 10, 956-972.