Crop Adaptation Lab
Welcome to the lab website of Geoff Morris
Colorado State University | Soil & Crop Sciences
Fanna's paper identifying a novel pleiotropic drought tolerance locus published in Plant Direct
Welcome to new lab members Luke Wheeler (molecular evolutionary genetics), Kim Ponce (molecular breeding), and Alex Kena (trait discovery)!
The rapid evolutionary rescue of sorghum after the global aphid outbreak depended on a half century of germplasm sharing —and led to rapid development of global marker technology to combat the aphid - Science Advances
Jacques and colleagues map the genetics of drought tolerance in the field in Africa, and find that staygreen genes and novel loci underlie drought adaptation in West Africa - The Plant Genome
Our mission is to understand and improve crop adaptation. We use quantitative genomics to dissect and select adaptive traits. We use a goal-directed hypothesis-driven approach integrating evolutionary genetics, crop modeling, and molecular breeding.
Our focal crop is sorghum—a global food, feed, and biomass crop—and its cultivated and wild relatives. Sorghum is a critical crop of drylands worldwide, from smallholder plots in Sub-Saharan Africa to commercial farms in the U.S. Great Plains.
Team and community
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Get sorghum GBS SNPs for Sorghum Association Panel, Mini-Core Collection, and World Reference Set (from Morris et al. 2013 PNAS)