Roots in Drought

Drought has the largest effect on crop yields worldwide. An NSF-funded group of researchers seeks to examine the roots of plants such as wheat, corn and sorghum in simulated drought conditions in a four-year project.

The project, called “Physiological Genomics of Maize Nodal Root Growth under Drought,” is made up of six co-principal investigators: David M. Braun, Felix B. Fritschi, Trupti Joshi, Scott C. Peck, Jon Stemmle and Melvin J. Oliver. The multidisciplinary team from the University of Missouri, led by MU’s Bob Sharp, collaborates to gather data on how corn plants maintain root growth in drought conditions through 2020.