Crop Adaptation Lab

Welcome to the lab website of Geoff Morris

Associate Professor in Crop Quantitative Genomics

Colorado State University | Soil & Crop Sciences


  • Welcome to new lab members Luke Wheeler (molecular evolutionary genetics) and Kim Ponce (molecular breeding)!

  • 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

  • Rubi's uses crop modeling to define the opportunities (and challenges!) for using early-planted chilling tolerant hybrids to achieve drought escape and water optimization - Plant Direct

Our research

  • 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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