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.
- Roots of annual plants: stress tolerance, nutrient absorption, genotype selection
- Reduced root cortical cell file number improves drought tolerance in maize
- Large root cortical cell size improves drought tolerance in maize (Zea mays L.)
- Image-based high-throughput field phenotyping of crop roots
- Root phenes that reduce the metabolic costs of soil exploration: opportunities for 21st century agriculture