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.

  • Meet Nick Baert

    Nick Baert joined the MU Drought Team in January 2018, specializing in plant stress biology with a focus on studying root systems at the genetic level. This year, he’s spent most of his time identifying specific gene mutations among different strains of corn and analyzing......

  • Summer School: No Longer a Punishment

    This summer I had the honor of being selected to attend the 1st Annual North American Mass Spectrometry Summer School (NAMSSS). This summer school was designed to introduce and/or advance knowledge of mass spectrometry for scientists from graduate students to junior faculty anywhere in North......

  • Roots in Drought: Inside Mizzou Podcast

    In this edition of the Inside Mizzou Podcast, researchers Dr. Bob Sharp, professor in professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, and Shannon King, a doctoral student specializing in field biochemistry, sit down with Chancellor Cartwright to discuss......