Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
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    10,000 Years of Agriculture

    Humans have been producing food using the same paradigm for 10,000 years. But the burden of a growing population and the impacts of an industrial approach to farming threaten the entire enterprise. We are working toward a solution.

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Perennial Crops

Natural ecosystems feature perennial plants. So does our approach to regenerative agriculture.

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Ecological Intensification Intercropping

Ecological Intensification

Sunlight. Water. Soil. Microbes. Plants. People. The Land Institute brings them all together for sustainable farming.

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Ecosphere Studies

Changing the way we think about the world and our place in it, through educational and cultural projects.

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News

Interview with a Plant Scientist: Shuwen Wang, Perennial Wheat

Shuwen Wang, lead scientist for perennial wheat, makes heavy use of The Land Institute’s lab, where he charts DNA to identify chromosome structures that might indicate whether a plant is perennial or annual. That information…

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Scientific Publications

Non-technical summary. Modern agriculture is associated with numerous environmental predicaments, such as land degradation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emission. Socio-economically, it is characterized by a treadmill of technological change,…

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Abstract Organic dormancy, the inability to germinate under favorable conditions, is a common problem in many crop species and their wild relatives, leading to more variable emergence, plant density, and…

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The development of agriculture is one of the key fault lines in human history, the starting point for the human project of dominating the planet. As the catastrophic consequences of…

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