Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
  • Land Institute Perennial & Annual Roots, Photo Credit: Jim Richardson

    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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Sorghum Plant Heads

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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Change Taking Root: Toward Perennial Agriculture

The Land Institute President Fred Iutzi asks "What if our agriculture could provide abundant food and simultaneously achieve real, long-term ecological sustainability?" Current farming methods ...

August 1, 2019 | 5:30 pm
Bosarge Education Center- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

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Interview with a Plant Scientist: Kathryn Turner, Crop Protection Genetics

  What made you decide to focus on Crop Protection Genetics as a line of work? Since high school, I was interested in the diversity in biology, what was going on in the natural world,…

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Scientific Publications

Abstract Allohexaploid (2n = 6x = 42) intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium), abbreviated IWG, is an outcrossing perennial grass belonging to the tertiary gene pool of wheat. Perenniality would be valuable option for grain production,…

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Agroecosystems are constantly evolving to meet the needs of a growing population in a sustainable manner. Concerns about ecological impacts of agriculture, including soil loss, have focused attention on crops…

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Abstract: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can increase plant nutrient uptake and chemical defense production, both of which can improve plants’ ability to resist insect herbivory. Cover crops—non-commercial species planted in…

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