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.
- Root phenes that reduce the metabolic costs of soil exploration: opportunities for 21st century agriculture
- The hidden half of crop yields
- Intensive field phenotyping of maize (Zea mays L.) root crowns identifies phenes and phene integration associated with plant growth and nitrogen acquisition
- Root anatomical phenes predict root penetration ability and biomechanical properties in maize
- Phene synergism between root hairs and basal root growth angle for phosphorus acquisition in common bean