Welcome to the Frank Lab!
We study the biology of plant grafting. Although grafting has been used as a tool to improve plant performance for over 2,000 years, there are many open questions about what makes particular graft combinations successful, how graft junctions are formed, and what moves between grafted organ systems. We use genetics, genomics, and phenomics to explore these questions. Our longterm aim is to be able to identify successful graft combinations in a predictive manner, and to engineer graft donor genotypes that provide sustainable solutions for crop protection in the face of biotic and abiotic pressures. Visit the Projects Page for details.
Functional graft junction formed 10 days post-grafting
Grafting for crop improvement: the self-grafted plant (left) will produce about half as many tomatoes as the plant grafted onto a hybrid rootstock (right)