The overall research focus of the Roots Lab at Penn State is understanding the genetic, physiological, and ecological basis of plant adaptation to infertile soils.
Since most soils on earth suffer from one or more nutritional problems, this subject is of considerable importance for two of the great challenges confronting humanity: how to sustainably support over 7 billion people, and how to deal with global environmental change. More about the Roots Lab ...
We welcome prospective graduate students and collaborators interested in novel, multidisciplinary research that addresses real world issues.
Our work involves a number of students and colleagues at Penn State, and collaborators from other institutions. Dr. Kathleen Brown and Dr. Jonathan Lynch are close collaborators on virtually all aspects of the research.
- Steep, cheap, and deep: an ideotype to optimize water and N acquisition by maize root systems
- Land use effects on erosion and carbon storage of the Río Chimbo watershed, Ecuador
- Phenotypic diversity of root anatomical and architectural traits in Zea species
- Modeling resource interactions under multiple edaphic stresses
- Spatial distribution and phenotypic variation in root cortical aerenchyma of maize (Zea mays L.)