He, F., Thiele, B., Kraus, D., Bouteyine, S., Watt, M., Kraska, T., & Kuhn, A. J. (2021). Effects of Short-Term Root Cooling before Harvest on Yield and Food Quality of Chinese Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. Alboglabra Bailey). Agronomy, 11(3), 577. Link

Mau, L., Kant, J., Walker, R., Kuchendorf, C. M., Schrey, S. D., Roessner, U. & Watt, M. (2021). Wheat Can Access Phosphorus From Algal Biomass as Quickly and Continuously as From Mineral Fertilizer. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12, 14. Link


Severini, A. D., Wasson, A. P., Evans, J. R., Richards, R. A., & Watt, M. (2020). Root phenotypes at maturity in diverse wheat and triticale genotypes grown in three field experiments: Relationships to shoot selection, biomass, grain yield, flowering time, and environment. Field Crops Research255, 107870. Link

Gupta, S., Schillaci, M., Walker, R., Smith, P. M., Watt, M., & Roessner, U. (2020). Alleviation of salinity stress in plants by endophytic plant-fungal symbiosis: Current knowledge, perspectives and future directions. Plant and Soil, 1-26. Link

Rich, S. M., Christopher, J., Richards, R., & Watt, M. (2020). Root phenotypes of young wheat plants grown in controlled environments show inconsistent correlation with mature root traits in the field. Journal of Experimental Botany. Link

Watt, M., Fiorani, F., Usadel, B., Rascher, U., Muller, O., & Schurr, U. (2020). Phenotyping: New Windows into the Plant for Breeders. Annual review of plant biology71. Link

Tracy, S. R., Nagel, K. A., Postma, J. A., Fassbender, H., Wasson, A., & Watt, M. (2020). Crop improvement from phenotyping roots: Highlights reveal expanding opportunities. Trends in plant science25(1), 105-118. Link

Wasson, A. P., Nagel, K. A., Tracy, S., & Watt, M. (2020). Beyond digging: noninvasive root and rhizosphere phenotyping. Trends in plant science25(1), 119-120. Link

Arsova, B., Foster, K. J., Shelden, M. C., Bramley, H., & Watt, M. (2020). Dynamics in plant roots and shoots minimize stress, save energy and maintain water and nutrient uptake. New Phytologist225(3), 1111-1119. Link

Munns, R., Day, D. A., Fricke, W., Watt, M., Arsova, B., Barkla, B. J., Bose, J., Byrt, C.S., Chen, Z., Foster, K. J., Gilliham, M., Henderson, S. W., Jenkins, C. L. D., Kronzucker, H. J., Miklavcic, S. J., Plett, D., Roy, S. J., Shabala, S., Shelden, M. C., Soole, K. L. Taylor, N. L., Tester, M., Wege, S., Wegner, L. H., & Tyerman, S. D. (2020). Energy costs of salt tolerance in crop plants. New Phytologist225(3), 1072-1090. Link



He, F., Thiele, B., Watt, M., Kraska, T., Ulbrich, A., & Kuhn, A. J. (2019). Effects of root cooling on plant growth and fruit quality of cocktail tomato during two consecutive seasons. Journal of food quality2019. Link

Correa, J., Postma, J. A., Watt, M., & Wojciechowski, T. (2019). Root system architectural plasticity and soil compaction: a review. J. Exp. Bot.70, 6019-6034. Link

Sasse, J., Kant, J., Cole, B. J., Klein, A. P., Arsova, B., Schlaepfer, P., Gao, J., Lewald, K., Zhalnina, K., Kosina, S., Bowen, B. P., Treen, D., Vogel, J., Visel, A., Watt, M., Dangl, J. L & Northern, T. R. (2019). Multilab EcoFAB study shows highly reproducible physiology and depletion of soil metabolites by a model grass. New Phytologist222(2), 1149-1160. Link



Kawasaki, A., Okada, S., Zhang, C., Delhaize, E., Mathesius, U., Richardson, A. E., Watt, M., Gilliham, M & Ryan, P. R. (2018). A sterile hydroponic system for characterising root exudates from specific root types and whole-root systems of large crop plants. Plant methods14(1), 1-13. Link

Arsova, B., Watt, M., & Usadel, B. (2018). Monitoring of plant protein post-translational modifications using targeted proteomics. Frontiers in plant science9, 1168. Link



Donn, S., Kawasaki, A., Delroy, B., Chochois, V., Watt, M., & Powell, J. R. (2017). Root type is not an important driver of mycorrhizal colonisation in Brachypodium distachyon. Pedobiologia65, 5-15. Link

Postma, J. A., Kuppe, C., Owen, M. R., Mellor, N., Griffiths, M., Bennett, M. J., Lynch, J. P., & Watt, M. (2017). OpenSimRoot: widening the scope and application of root architectural models. New Phytologist215(3), 1274-1286. Link

Carminati, A., Passioura, J. B., Zarebanadkouki, M., Ahmed, M. A., Ryan, P. R., Watt, M., & Delhaize, E. (2017). Root hairs enable high transpiration rates in drying soils. New Phytologist216(3), 771-781. Link



Kawasaki, A., Donn, S., Ryan, P. R., Mathesius, U., Devilla, R., Jones, A., & Watt, M. (2016). Microbiome and exudates of the root and rhizosphere of Brachypodium distachyon, a model for wheat. PloS one11(10), e0164533. Link

Gioia, T., Galinski, A., Lenz, H., Müller, C., Lentz, J., Heinz, K., Briese, C., Putz, A., Fiorani, F., Watt, M., Schurr, U., & Nagel, K. A. (2017). GrowScreen-PaGe, a non-invasive, high-throughput phenotyping system based on germination paper to quantify crop phenotypic diversity and plasticity of root traits under varying nutrient supply. Functional Plant Biology44(1), 76-93. Link

Ryan, P. R., Delhaize, E., Watt, M., & Richardson, A. E. (2016). Plant roots: understanding structure and function in an ocean of complexity. Link

Rich, S. M., Wasson, A. P., Richards, R. A., Katore, T., Prashar, R., Chowdhary, R., Saxena, D.C., Mamrutha, H. M., Zwart, A., Misra, S. C., Sai Prasad, S. V., Chatrath, R., Cristopher, J., & Watt, M. (2016). Wheats developed for high yield on stored soil moisture have deep vigorous root systems. Functional Plant Biology43(2), 173-188. Link

Schneebeli, K., Mathesius, U., Zwart, A. B., Bragg, J. N., Vogel, J. P., & Watt, M. (2016). Brachypodium distachyon genotypes vary in resistance to Rhizoctonia solani AG8. Functional plant biology43(2), 189-198. Link

Wasson, A., Bischof, L., Zwart, A., & Watt, M. (2016). A portable fluorescence spectroscopy imaging system for automated root phenotyping in soil cores in the field. Journal of Experimental Botany67(4), 1033-1043. Link



Chochois, V., Vogel, J. P., Rebetzke, G. J., & Watt, M. (2015). Variation in adult plant phenotypes and partitioning among seed and stem-borne roots across Brachypodium distachyon accessions to exploit in breeding cereals for well-watered and drought environments. Plant Physiology168(3), 953-967. Link

Nagel, K. A., Bonnett, D., Furbank, R., Walter, A., Schurr, U., & Watt, M. (2015). Simultaneous effects of leaf irradiance and soil moisture on growth and root system architecture of novel wheat genotypes: implications for phenotyping. Journal of experimental botany66(18), 5441-5452. Link

Fitzgerald, T. L., Powell, J. J., Schneebeli, K., Hsia, M. M., Gardiner, D. M., Bragg, J. N., McIntyre, C. L. Manners, J. M., Ayliffe, M., Watt, M., Vogel, J. P., Henry, R. J. & Kazan, K (2015). Brachypodium as an emerging model for cereal–pathogen interactions. Annals of Botany115(5), 717-731. Link



Schneebeli, K., Mathesius, U., & Watt, M. (2014). B rachypodium distachyon is a pathosystem model for the study of the wheat disease rhizoctonia root rot. Plant Pathology64(1), 91-100. Link

Donn, S., Kirkegaard, J. A., Perera, G., Richardson, A. E., & Watt, M. (2014). Evolution of bacterial communities in the wheat crop rhizosphere. Environmental microbiology17(3), 610-621. Link


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