Xiyu Yang

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Horticulture
Xiyu Yang
310 Tyson Bldg

Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Lynch

Areas of Expertise

  • Simulation modeling
  • Plant nutrition

Connect with Xiyu Yang



  1. B.S Agronomy, China Agricultural University, 2015
  2. M.S Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017


I am interested in simulating root traits that would benefit plant nutrient and water acquisition via SimRoot, a structural functional model which simulates root architecture and growth. 

Research Interests

Roots Lab

My current focus is to simulate two traits in maize roots, larger cortical cell size (CCS) and reduced cortical cell file number (CCFN), and their interaction with the presence of root cortical aerenchyma (RCA) improving growth under suboptimal N, P and K condition.