Welcome to the lab website of Geoff Morris (Assistant Professor in Agronomy)


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.

    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 yield, nutritional & agronomic traits
      • The genomic basis of diversification in crops and wild relatives
      • Development of new approaches to study genomic diversity

    Team and community

    Our projects

    Current projects:
    • TERRA Phenotyping Reference Platform
      • Supported by: Department of Energy ARPA-E TERRA
      • PI: T. Mockler (Danforth); 15 co-PIs, including: Poland (KSU), J. Schmutz (JGI/HA), W. Rooney (TAMU), J. White (USDA-ARS), P. Andre-Sanchez (U Arizona)
    • Improving sorghum adaptation in West Africa with genomics-enabled breeding
      • Supported by: USAID Feed the Future, Sorghum Millet Innovation Lab
      • Co-PIs: Ndiaga Cisse (CERAAS-Senegal); Aissata Mamadou (INRAN-Niger); Daniel Fonceka, JF Rami (CIRAD-France); Falalou Hamidou (ICRISAT-Niger)
    • Improved Genomic Mapping and Marker-Assisted Selection for Cold Tolerance in Grain Sorghum
      • Supported by: Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission
      • Co-PI: Ram Perumal (KSU)
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