Our aim: identify physiological traits with the potential to maximize crop yields, enhance crop resource use efficiency, ecosystemic services or resilience towards abiotic stresses.
Our research: is typically two pronged, consisting of A) low-throughput, “mechanistic” experiments designed to better understand the plant’s integrated response to the environment to enable trait discovery, followed by B) “high-throughput”, physiologically-informed experiments designed to screen mapping populations based on easy-to-measure versions of these traits. We believe that these two phases are equally critical to identifying robust traits and alleles that maximize opportunties for crop improvement. We work in a variety of environments, from the growth chamber to the field, on real or 'simulated' plants via crop modeling.
Our collaborations: we want our research to be highly collaborative. We interact with colleagues with expertise in breeding, functional genomics, agronomy, molecular biology and functional ecology and we are constantly looking for new collaborations.