Christopher Strock, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
Christopher Strock, PhD
222 Tyson Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2313


  1. Ph.D. Plant Biology, The Huck Institute of the Life Sciences, Penn State University (2013-2019)
  2. B.S. Biology, B.S. Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College (2009-2013)


I investigate architectural and anatomical root traits in legumes (Phaseolus sp.) and maize (Zea mays) and their integrated effect on water and nutrient acquisition using field, greenhouse, and laboratory physiology techniques. Root traits of research interest can improve crop yield under stress by increasing the metabolic efficiency of soil exploration and by placing roots in soil domains where limiting resources are most available.


Strock CF, Burridge JD, Niemiec MD, Brown KM, Lynch JP (2020) Root metaxylem and root architecture phenotypes interact to regulate water use under drought stress. Plant, Cell & Environment, In press

Jochua CN, Strock CF, Lynch JP (2020) Root phenotypic diversity in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) reveals contrasting strategies for soil resource acquisition among gene pools and races. Crop Science, In press.

Strock CF, Lynch JP (2020) Root Secondary Growth: An Unexplored Component of Soil Resource Acquisition. Annals of Botany, 126: 205-218

Strock CF, Schneider HM, Galindo-Castaneda T, Hall BT, Van Gansbeke B, Mather DE, Roth MG, Chilvers MI, Guo X, Brown KB, Lynch JP (2019) Laser ablation tomography for visualization of root colonization by edaphic organisms. Journal of Experimental Botany, 70: 5327-5342

Strock CF, Burridge J, Massas ASF, Beaver J, Beebe S, Camilo SA, Fourie D, Jochua C, Miguek M, Miklas PN, Mndolwa E, Nchimbi-Msolla S, Polania J, Porch TG, Rosas JC, Trapp JJ, Lynch JP (2019) Seedling Root Architecture and its Relationship With Seed Yield Across Diverse Environments in Phaseolus vulgaris. Field Crops Research, 237: 53-64

Strock CF, de la Riva LM, Lynch JP (2018) Reduction in Root Secondary Growth as a Strategy for Phosphorus Acquisition. Plant Physiology 176: 691-703

Olson-Manning CF, Strock CF, Mitchell-Olds T (2015) Flux Control in a Defense Pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana Is Robust to Environmental Perturbations and Controls Variation in Adaptive Traits. G3-Genes Genomes Genetics 5: 2421-2427



Thicker roots: to grow or not to grow? Investigating the dynamics of secondary root growth-

Novel use of laser technology reveals interactions between roots, soil organisms-

Root discovery may lead to crops that need less fertilizer-