A team of scientists led by Texas A&M AgriLife, is taking a page from the medical imaging world and using MRI to examine crop roots in a quest to develop crops with stronger and deeper root systems.

John Mullet, Ph.D., a biochemist and Perry L. Adkisson Chair in Agricultural Biology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is a contributing scientists on this $4.4M U.S. Department of Energy grant project. Mullet is using the MRI technology to advance bioenergy sorghum genetics and increase crop drought resistance

He is joined by lead, Nithya Rajan, Ph.D. and Bill Rooney in Soil and Crop Sciences and colleagues across  Texas A&M AgriLife ResearchHarvard Medical SchoolABQMR Inc. and Soil Health Institute.