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3D root imaging for global food security

Apply novel 3D imaging techniques to understand how root structure affects crop growth under drought and low fertility soils. Students will have opportunities to gain experience in image analysis, 3-D visualization and quantification, laser ablation imaging of biological tissues, and more! Experience with biology and/or imaging software is helpful but not necessary.

Roots of the Second Green Revolution

Work with us in the field and greenhouse to discover root traits that enable crops to grow under drought and with inadequate mineral nutrients. Students will work with graduate student researchers to test new hypotheses, observe and measure plant growth, conduct lab analysis, and analyze and interpret data.

Please contact Dr. Lynch (jpl4@psu.edu), and graduate students Chris Strock (cfs149@psu.edu), Stephanie Klein (spk185@psu.edu), Jimmy Burridge (jdb450@psu.edu) or Hannah Schneider (hms221@psu.edu) if interested.

Website: http://roots.psu.edu
Number of undergraduates needed: 1-5
Minimum qualifications: none

Contact Info

Jonathan Lynch
221 Tyson Building
Agricultural Sciences
3-2256
JPL4@psu.edu
Plant Science