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 Phosphorus Nitrogen Zea Mays Corn Agriculture Crops Water Breeding Phenotype Genotype Maize Growth Nitrates Plant Roots Enzymes Potassium Soil Resources Root Systems Branching Drought Hypoxia Carbon Aerenchyma Beans

Most Recent Papers

The ability of maize roots to grow through compacted soil is not dependent on the amount of roots formed

Dorien J. Vanhees, Kenneth W. Loades, A. Glyn Bengough, Sacha J. Mooney, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2021, Field Crops Research

Silencing the alarm

Po An Lin, Yintong Chen, Duverney Chaverra-Rodriguez, Chan Chin Heu, Nursyafiqi Bin Zainuddin, Jagdeep Singh Sidhu, Michelle Peiffer, Ching Wen Tan, Anjel Helms, Donghun Kim, Jared Ali, Jason L. Rasgon, Jonathan Lynch, Charles T. Anderson, Gary W. Felton, 2021, New Phytologist on p. 793-803

Nodal root diameter and node number in maize (Zea mays L.) interact to influence plant growth under nitrogen stress

Hannah M. Schneider, Jennifer T. Yang, Kathleen M. Brown, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2021, Plant Direct

Multiseriate cortical sclerenchyma enhance root penetration in compacted soils

Hannah M. Schneider, Christopher F. Strock, Meredith T. Hanlon, Dorien J. Vanhees, Alden C. Perkins, Ishan B. Ajmera, Jagdeep Singh Sidhu, Sacha J. Mooney, Kathleen M. Brown, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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

Anna R. Rogers, Jeffrey C. Dunne, Cinta Romay, Martin Bohn, Edward S. Buckler, Ignacio A. Ciampitti, Jode Edwards, David Ertl, Sherry Flint-Garcia, Michael A. Gore, Christopher Graham, Candice N. Hirsch, Elizabeth Hood, David C. Hooker, Joseph Knoll, Elizabeth C. Lee, Aaron Lorenz, Jonathan P. Lynch, John McKay, Stephen P. Moose, Seth C. Murray, Rebecca Nelson, Torbert Rocheford, James C. Schnable, Patrick S. Schnable, Rajandeep Sekhon, Maninder Singh, Margaret Smith, Nathan Springer, Kurt Thelen, Peter Thomison, Addie Thompson, Mitch Tuinstra, Jason Wallace, Randall J. Wisser, Wenwei Xu, A. R. Gilmour, Shawn M. Kaeppler, Natalia De Leon, James B. Holland, 2021, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics

Three-dimensional imaging reveals that positions of cyst nematode feeding sites relative to xylem vessels differ between susceptible and resistant wheat

Kara A. Levin, Matthew R. Tucker, Christopher F. Strock, Jonathan P. Lynch, Diane E. Mather, 2021, Plant Cell Reports on p. 393-403

Plant roots sense soil compaction through restricted ethylene diffusion

Bipin K. Pandey, Guoqiang Huang, Rahul Bhosale, Sjon Hartman, Craig J. Sturrock, Lottie Jose, Olivier C. Martin, Michal Karady, Laurentius A.C.J. Voesenek, Karin Ljung, Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen M. Brown, William R. Whalley, Sacha J. Mooney, Dabing Zhang, Malcolm J. Bennett, 2021, Science on p. 276-280

Genetic control of root architectural traits in KDML105 chromosome segment substitution lines under well-watered and drought stress conditions

Mathurada Ruangsiri, Phanchita Vejchasarn, Patompong Saengwilai, Jonathan Paul Lynch, Malcolm J. Bennett, Kathleen M. Brown, Cattleya Chutteang, Ratri Boonruangrod, Jeremy Shearman, Theerayut Toojinda, Jonaliza L. Siangliw, 2021, Plant Production Science

Root phenotypic diversity in common bean reveals contrasting strategies for soil resource acquisition among gene pools and races

Celestina N. Jochua, Christopher F. Strock, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2020, Crop Science on p. 3261-3277

Comparative phenomics of annual grain legume root architecture

James D. Burridge, Harini Rangarajan, Jonathan P. Lynch, 2020, Crop Science on p. 2574-2593

Most-Cited Papers

Steep, cheap and deep

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

Root phenes for enhanced soil exploration and phosphorus acquisition

Jonathan P. Lynch, 2011, Plant Physiology on p. 1041-1049

Plant and microbial strategies to improve the phosphorus efficiency of agriculture

Alan E. Richardson, Jonathan P. Lynch, Peter R. Ryan, Emmanuel Delhaize, F. Andrew Smith, Sally E. Smith, Paul R. Harvey, Megan H. Ryan, Erik J. Veneklaas, Hans Lambers, Astrid Oberson, Richard A. Culvenor, Richard J. Simpson, 2011, Plant and Soil on p. 121-156


Samuel Trachsel, Shawn M. Kaeppler, Kathleen Marie Brown, Jonathan Paul Lynch, 2011, Plant and Soil on p. 75-87

Strategies and agronomic interventions to improve the phosphorus-use efficiency of farming systems

Richard J. Simpson, Astrid Oberson, Richard A. Culvenor, Megan H. Ryan, Erik J. Veneklaas, Hans Lambers, Jonathan P. Lynch, Peter R. Ryan, Emmanuel Delhaize, F. Andrew Smith, Sally E. Smith, Paul R. Harvey, Alan E. Richardson, 2011, Plant and Soil on p. 89-120

Root cortical aerenchyma enhances the growth of maize on soils with suboptimal availability of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium

Johannes Auke Postma, Jonathan Paul Lynch, 2011, Plant Physiology on p. 1190-1201

New roots for agriculture

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

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

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

News Articles Featuring Jonathan Lynch

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.