Jonathan Lynch

Director of the Center for Root and Rhizosphere Biology; Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition

Jonathan Lynch

Research Summary

Plant adaptation to nutrient and water stress. Global change. World hunger. Root biology.

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Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Soil Agriculture Water Corn Phenotype Nitrogen Crops Zea Mays Genotype Nutrients Phosphorus Branching Breeding Root Systems Root Growth Ethylene Proteins Lateral Roots Growth Costs And Cost Analysis Nitrates Droughts Biomass Ideotypes Subsoil

Most Recent Papers

Integrated root phenotypes for low nitrogen tolerance in rice

I Ajmera, A Henry, A Radanielson, S Klein, A Ianevski, M Bennett, L Band, J Lynch, Plant Cell Environment

The importance of dominance and genotype-by-environment interactions on grain yield variation in a large-scale public cooperative maize experiment.

J Holland, J Dunne, C Romay, M Bohn, E Buckler, I Ciampitti, J Edwards, D Ertl, S Flint-Garcia, M Gore, C Graham, C Hirsch, E Hood, D Hooker, J Knoll, E Lee, A Lorenz, J Lynch, G3 Genes, Genomes, Genetics

Edaphic stress interactions

Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Field Crops Research


Christopher F. Strock, Hannah M. Schneider, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Trends in Plant Science on p. 520-523

Root anatomical phenotypes related to growth under low nitrogen availability in maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids

Xucun Jia, Guangjun Wu, Christopher Strock, Liang Li, Shuting Dong, Jiwang Zhang, Bin Zhao, Jonathan P. Lynch, Peng Liu, 2022, Plant and Soil on p. 265-276

Gradual domestication of root traits in the earliest maize from Tehuacan

Ivan Lopez-Valdivia, Alden C. Perkins, Hannah M. Schneider, Miguel Vallebueno-Estrada, James D. Burridge, Eduardo Gonzalez-Orozco, Aurora Montufar, Rafael Montiel, Jonathan P. Lynch, Jean Philippe Vielle-Calzada, 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Improving Soil Resource Uptake by Plants Through Capitalizing on Synergies Between Root Architecture and Anatomy and Root-Associated Microorganisms

Tania Galindo-Castañeda, Jonathan P. Lynch, Johan Six, Martin Hartmann, 2022, Frontiers in Plant Science

Soil penetration by maize roots is negatively related to ethylene-induced thickening

Dorien J. Vanhees, Hannah M. Schneider, Jagdeep Singh Sidhu, Kenneth W. Loades, A. Glyn Bengough, Malcolm J. Bennett, Bipin K. Pandey, Kathleen M. Brown, Sacha J. Mooney, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Plant, Cell and Environment on p. 789-804

Stomata-mediated interactions between plants, herbivores, and the environment

Po An Lin, Yintong Chen, Gabriela Ponce, Flor E. Acevedo, Jonathan P. Lynch, Charles T. Anderson, Jared G. Ali, Gary W. Felton, 2022, Trends in Plant Science on p. 287-300

Root angle in maize influences nitrogen capture and is regulated by calcineurin B-like protein (CBL)-interacting serine/threonine-protein kinase 15 (ZmCIPK15)

Hannah M. Schneider, Vai Sa Nee Lor, Meredith T. Hanlon, Alden Perkins, Shawn M. Kaeppler, Aditi N. Borkar, Rahul Bhosale, Xia Zhang, Jonas Rodriguez, Alexander Bucksch, Malcolm J. Bennett, Kathleen M. Brown, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Plant, Cell and Environment on p. 837-853

Most-Cited Papers

Steep, cheap and deep

Jonathan P. Lynch, 2013, Annals of Botany on p. 347-357

Opportunities and challenges in the subsoil

Jonathan P. Lynch, Tobias Wojciechowski, 2015, Journal of Experimental Botany on p. 2199-2210

The optimal lateral root branching density for maize depends on nitrogen and phosphorus availability

Johannes Auke Postma, Annette Dathe, Jonathan Paul Lynch, 2014, Plant Physiology on p. 590-602

New roots for agriculture

Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen M. Brown, 2012, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on p. 1598-1604

Root phenotypes for improved nutrient capture

Jonathan P. Lynch, 2019, New Phytologist on p. 548-564

Root anatomical phenes associated with water acquisition from drying soil

Jonathan P. Lynch, Joseph G. Chimungu, Kathleen M. Brown, 2014, Journal of Experimental Botany on p. 6155-6166

Maize root growth angles become steeper under low N conditions

S. Trachsel, S. M. Kaeppler, K. M. Brown, J. P. Lynch, 2013, Field Crops Research on p. 18-31

Image-based high-throughput field phenotyping of crop roots

Alexander Bucksch, James Burridge, Larry M. York, Abhiram Das, Eric Nord, Joshua S. Weitz, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2014, Plant Physiology on p. 470-486

Root phenes that reduce the metabolic costs of soil exploration

Jonathan P. Lynch, 2015, Plant, Cell and Environment on p. 1775-1784

Reduced lateral root branching density improves drought tolerance in maize

Ai Zhan, Hannah Schneider, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2015, Plant Physiology on p. 1603-1615

News Articles Featuring Jonathan Lynch

Researchers identify a gene that regulates the angle of root growth in corn

The discovery of a gene that regulates the angle of root growth in corn is a new tool to enable the breeding of deeper-rooting crops with enhanced ability to take up nitrogen, according to an international team of researchers, led by Penn State.

Plant Biology alumna receives humanitarian award

Plant Biology graduate program alumna Amelia Henry has received the Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes an alumnus/alumna holding a graduate degree from Penn State who has made a positive societal impact on the welfare of humankind beyond the responsibilities of one’s profession.

Silencing the alarm

An enzyme in the saliva of certain insects prevents their food plants from warning neighboring plants of an attack.

Newly discovered trait helps plants grow deeper roots in dry, compacted soils

A previously unknown root trait allows some cereal plants to grow deeper roots capable of punching through dry, hard, compacted soils, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest that harnessing the inherited characteristic could lead to crops better able to deal with a changing climate.

Fourteen Penn State faculty recognized with lifetime honor

Fourteen Penn State faculty members in areas ranging from physics and engineering to entomology and plant science have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. A lifetime honor bestowed upon members by their peers, a total of 443 individuals are being recognized for their extraordinary achievements in advancing science.

Eleven Eberly faculty featured as highly cited researchers in 2019 by Clarivate

Eleven researchers from the Eberly College of Science have been recognized as "highly cited" by the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group. The 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list features researchers who have demonstrated considerable influence through publication of multiple works that have been cited by a significant number of their peers during the last decade.

Novel use of laser technology reveals interactions between roots, soil organisms

A novel use of a custom laser system — developed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences eight years ago — allows researchers to see how soil organisms affect plant roots.