James Burridge

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Horticulture
James Burridge
310 Tyson Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. Ph.D. 2017 (projected) Plant Science, Penn State University
  2. M.Ag. 2010 Horticulture, Penn State University
  3. B.A 2004 International Studies, University of Dayton

Research Summary

My work focuses on identifying and evaluating the utility of traits and strategies conferring tolerance to combined water and phosphorus limitations.  I'm looking at individual root architectural traits, trait synergism of multiple traits on the same plant and stand level strategies to increase resource acquisition and use efficiency. Common bean is the principal focus but I have also worked with tepary bean, cowpea, soybean, groundnut and chickpea. Additional projects include comparative root architectural studies and association mapping of root traits of common bean and cowpea.



Burridge, J. D., Schneider, H. M., Huynh, B. L., Roberts, P. A., Bucksch, A., & Lynch, J.P. (2016). Genome-wide association mapping and agronomic impact of cowpea root architecture. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 1-13.

James Burridge, Celestina N. Jochua, Alexander Bucksch, Jonathan P. Lynch, Legume shovelomics: High—Throughput phenotyping of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata subsp, unguiculata) root architecture in the field, Field Crops Research, Volume 192, June 2016, Pages 21-32, ISSN 0378-4290,

Bucksch, A., Burridge, J., York, L.M., Das, A., Nord, E., Weitz, J.S., Lynch, J.P., 2014. Image-based high-throughput field phenotyping of crop roots. Plant Physiol. 166, 470–486. doi:10.1104/pp.114.243519

Das, A., Schneider, H., Burridge, J., Ascanio, A. K. M., Wojciechowski, T., Topp, C. N.,  & Bucksch, A. (2015). Digital imaging of root traits (DIRT): a high-throughput computing and collaboration platform for field-based root phenomics. Plant methods11(1), 1.10.1186/s13007-015-0093-3

Fenta, B. A., Beebe, S. E., Kunert, K. J., Burridge, J. D., Barlow, K. M., Lynch, J. P., & Foyer, C. H. (2014). Field phenotyping of soybean roots for drought stress tolerance. Agronomy4(3), 418-435

McClean Phillip E., Burridge Jimmy, Beebe Stephen, Rao Idupulapati M., Porch Timothy G. (2011) Crop improvement in the era of climate change: an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach for common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Functional Plant Biology 38, 927–933.


Research Interests

Roots Lab