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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Soil Phenotype Water Corn Crops Nitrogen Zea Mays Genotype Agriculture Rice Drought Phosphorus Nutrients Root Systems Branching Breeding Lateral Roots Maize Water Stress Root Growth Costs And Cost Analysis Nitrates Soil Resources Ideotypes Rooting

Most Recent Publications

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

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

Ernst D. Schäfer, Markus R. Owen, Leah R. Band, Etienne Farcot, Malcolm J. Bennett, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Plant Physiology on p. 2260-2278

Anica Sandra F. Massas, Christopher F. Strock, Hannah M. Schneider, Daniel G. Debouck, Kathleen M. Brown, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2022, Crop Science on p. 2347-2365

Erratum to: Relative utility of agronomic, phenological, and morphological traits for assessing genotype-by-environment interaction in maize inbreds (Crop Science, (2020), 60, 1, (62-81), 10.1002/csc2.20035)

Celeste M. Falcon, Shawn M. Kaeppler, Edgar P. Spalding, Nathan D. Miller, Nicholas Haase, Naser AlKhalifah, Martin Bohn, Edward S. Buckler, Darwin A. Campbell, Ignacio Ciampitti, Lisa Coffey, Jode Edwards, David Ertl, Sherry Flint-Garcia, Michael A. Gore, Christopher Graham, Candice N. Hirsch, James B. Holland, Diego Jarquín, Joseph Knoll, Nick Lauter, Carolyn J. Lawrence-Dill, Elizabeth C. Lee, Aaron Lorenz, Jonathan P. Lynch, Seth C. Murray, Rebecca Nelson, M. Cinta Romay, Torbert Rocheford, Patrick S. Schnable, Brian Scully, Margaret Smith, Nathan Springer, Mitchell R. Tuinstra, Renee Walton, Teclemariam Weldekidan, Randall J. Wisser, Wenwei Xu, Natalia de Leon, 2022, Crop Science on p. 2568-2569

Jonaliza L. Siangliw, Burin Thunnom, Mignon A. Natividad, Marinell R. Quintana, Dmytro Chebotarov, Kenneth L. McNally, Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen Marie Brown, Amelia Henry, 2022, Frontiers in Plant Science

Jenna E. Fonta, Jitender Giri, Phanchita Vejchasarn, Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen M. Brown, 2022, Plant and Soil on p. 443-464

Jenna E. Fonta, Phanchita Vejchasarn, Amelia Henry, Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen Marie Brown, 2022, Frontiers in Plant Science

Riccardo Fusi, Serena Rosignoli, Haoyu Lou, Giuseppe Sangiorgi, Riccardo Bovina, Jacob K. Pattem, Aditi N. Borkar, Marco Lombardi, Cristian Forestan, Sara G. Milner, Jayne L. Davis, Aneesh Lale, Gwendolyn K. Kirschner, Ranjan Swarup, Alberto Tassinari, Bipin K. Pandey, Larry M. York, Brian S. Atkinson, Craig J. Sturrock, Sacha J. Mooney, Frank Hochholdinger, Matthew R. Tucker, Axel Himmelbach, Nils Stein, Martin Mascher, Kerstin A. Nagel, Laura De Gara, James Simmonds, Cristobal Uauy, Roberto Tuberosa, Jonathan P. Lynch, Gleb E. Yakubov, Malcolm J. Bennett, Rahul Bhosale, Silvio Salvi, 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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. 843-844

Most-Cited Papers

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

Root phenotypes for improved nutrient capture: an underexploited opportunity for global agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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: Opportunities for 21st century agriculture

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

Larry M. York, Eric A. Nord, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2013, Frontiers in Plant Science

News Articles Featuring Jonathan Lynch

Future corn crops could have higher drought tolerance

A team of scientists led by Pennsylvania State University has recently identified a gene encoding a transcription factor (a protein useful for converting DNA into RNA) which triggers a genetic sequence that enables corn roots to acquire more water and nutrients. This finding could lead to the breeding of corn crops able to withstand droughts and low-nitrogen soil conditions, and thus improve global food security.

Discovery of root anatomy gene may lead to breeding more resilient corn crops

Trait results in roots better able to capture more water and nutrients from soil, need less fertilizer, and withstand drought

Two College of Ag Sciences faculty among highly cited researchers in 2022

Andrew Patterson and Jonathan Lynch in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were recognized recently as highly cited researchers by the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Group.

Study shows ‘steep, cheap and deep’ roots help corn plants deal with drought

Rarely in nature does less turn out to be more. But that’s the case when it comes to the roots of corn dealing with drought conditions, according to a Penn State-led international team of researchers who discovered evidence of the benefits of a “parsimonious” root phenotype in a new study.

Faculty in College of Ag Sciences recognized for research achievements

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences lauded outstanding accomplishments in research during the college’s inaugural Research Awards Ceremony, held Oct. 25 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

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.