KEYNOTE: A critical role for root models in feeding 10e10 people

  • Jonathan Lynch The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: root traits, modeling, food security


There is an urgent need to develop crops with reduced nutrient and water requirements. The complexity of relevant processes overwhelms conventional empirical approaches. Structural-functional modeling of root systems has a unique role in providing important insights into the root phenome, which will focus empirical research on the most productive avenues, and inform crop ideotype development.

Author Biography

Jonathan Lynch, The Pennsylvania State University
Professor, Dept. of Plant Science
4A Structural development of plants and light environment