Welcome to the Sparks Lab at the University of Delaware!

Research in the Sparks lab is aimed at understanding how variation in plant development contributes to differences in plant structure and function. We specifically focus on the stem-borne roots of maize (corn), which are called brace roots. We utilize a wide variety of methodologies with an aim to understand brace root development, determine how their development impacts their appearance and function, and ultimately to identify the genes that control these developmental processes.


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