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Plant Root Biology Lab

Plant Root Biology Lab


The central objective for Dr. Rossi's work is the development of “Shovelomics for citrus”, or high throughput phenotyping for different citrus rootstocks. The premise of Shovelomics is to evaluate the root crown of crops to estimate growth, development, and architecture of principal roots. A major thrust for “Shovelomics for citrus” involves understanding subterranean biotic and abiotic issues affecting root health as it relates to crop growth and yields. These studies will help to understand optimal nutritional formulas for citrus root stocks, particularly with grapefruit.

Team Members

  • Lorenzo G. Rossi, Ph.D. – PI
  • Laura Muschweck - Biological Scientist I
  • Ricardo A. Lesmes-Vesga – Ph.D. Student
  • John M. Santiago – Ph.D. Student
  • Jonathan Clavijo Herrera– Ph.D. Student
  • Lukas M. Hallman – M.S. Student

Contact Information

Dr. Rossi accepts visiting scholars and graduate students to conduct research projects in his Plant Root Biology Laboratory, as well as in the field.

Lorenzo G. Rossi, Ph.D.
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Indian River Research and Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945-3138

Phone: (772) 577-7341


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