Key aims and expertise
Key aims relate to closing research gaps in sustainable agri-environmental management supporting global food security priorities. Example projects include attempts to identify novel root architectural traits that underpin yield, nitrate and water uptake efficiency by characterising a wide range of wheat elite lines, mapping populations and unique alien introgressions using our micro X-ray CT phenotyping platform. Our interdisciplinary team comprises soil biologists, chemists and physicists who readily link with environmental modellers, climate change scientists and plant biologists.
Systematic Functional Analysis of Nitrogen/Phosphate Use Efficiency in Crops (JAAS Hodgman, Lu)
Truly Predicting Water Uptake Efficiency in Wheat (BBSRC Mooney, Crout, Bennett, Foulkes)
FUTUREROOTS – Redesigning root architecture for improved performance (ERC Bennett, Mooney, Foulkes, Broadley, Wells)
The group has lead the development on in situ non-invasive imaging of root architecture in 4-D including the development of automated root segmentation software (RooTrak, Mairhofer et al. 2012). This is currently being used to gain new insights into root responses to abiotic and biotic stresses.