The Walia Lab is in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Our research interest is in understanding plant adaptation to abiotic stress tolerance. Major efforts are on drought, salinity and flooding tolerance mechanisms in cereals such as rice, wheat and maize. We use whole plant physiology, functional genomics, biochemical and computational approaches to elucidate the mechanisms involved in plant adaptation to unfavorable environments. Our goal is to discover novel genes and genetic variants that be used to improve crop performance in sub-optimal growing conditions.