Momo joined us in January 2019 to study how root interact below-ground. Within her research project, she develops high-dimensional data-analysis techniques to describe spatial interaction on the whole field scale. In particular, her research interest is to study the origins of diversity in root architectures of crops by combining knowledge from biology, statistics, and computer science:
(1) She develops a computing pipeline to quantify the diversity of root architectures using mathematical shape descriptors.
(2) She dissects the genetic components that regulate root architectures under water-sufficient and drought conditions.
(3) She investigates whether the maternal effect of seed size and kin recognition of root neighbors contribute to root architecture diversity