Morris Lab — Genomics for Crop Adaptation

Welcome to the lab website of Geoff Morris

Associate Professor in Agronomy


  • Marcus' paper dissecting the genetics of inflorescence morphology in global sorghum published in G3
  • Our collaboration with Lasky lab on genomics of the Striga-sorghum arms-race published in PNAS
  • Sandeep's paper dissecting chilling tolerance, laying the foundation for drought escape via early planting, published in G3
  • Jianan's paper on seed mass adaptation to global precipitation gradients published in Heredity

Our research

  • We're focused on adaptation genomics in sorghum – a global food, feed, and biomass crop – and its cultivated and wild relatives (panicoid grasses).
  • Sorghum is a critical crop of drylands worldwide, from commercial farms in the U.S. Great Plains to smallholder plots in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 mission

  • To uncover the genomic basis of environmental adaptation
  • To accelerate crop improvement for adaptive traits using genomics

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