Welcome to the Zen of Plant Physiology

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While plants are sedentary, their bodies often traverse long distances as they explore their local environment in search of resources necessary for growth.  The biology of root systems is governed by both micro-scale and systemic signaling that allows the plant to integrate these complex variables into growth and branching decisions that ultimately determine the efficiency resources are captured.  Research in my lab is aimed at understanding the response of roots to water-limiting conditions and is exploring this process at different organizational scales from the individual cell type to the level of the whole plant.  See “A developmental biologist’s journey to rediscover the Zen of plant physiology” in F1000Research for more on our research perspective.


depapartment 202 wideThe Dinneny lab has been part of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology since 2011.
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José receives HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar Award

I was awarded a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Simons Foundation to study the mysteries of how plants sense and response to water.  The grant will fund research in the lab over the next 5 years.  I am extremely thankful to the HHMI and Simons foundation for recognizing the fantastic work that my … Continue reading José receives HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar Award

Sebastian and Yee et al. highlighted by BBC

Ever wonder how plant roots respond to drought?  You probably thought it would be super complex.  Turns out a simple change in the development of shoot-borne roots explains much of the architectural differences.  In a new paper from the lab published in PNAS we described how grass species suppress crown root growth to slow the … Continue reading Sebastian and Yee et al. highlighted by BBC

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