Our study system
- Our lab is focused on genomics and adaptation of the food, feed, and biomass crop sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), and its wild and cultivated relatives (panicoid grasses).
- Sorghum is arguably the most important crop of drylands worldwide, from commercial farms in the U.S. Great Plains and Australia, to smallholder plots in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. With climate change bringing higher temperatures and more erratic rainfall to much of the world, the importance of climate-resilient crops to food security and rural economies will only increase.
Our research goals
- To uncover the genomic basis of environmental adaptation
- To accelerate crop improvement for adaptive traits using genomics
Other areas of interest:
- Effects of adaptation on nutritional, yield & agronomic traits
- The genomic basis of diversification in crops and wild relatives
- Development of new approaches to study genomic diversity
Our team and community
Our current projects