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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“Units of Measurement” – Owen Brown Art Opening

Visiting artist Owen Brown will unveil a new collaborative project, “Units of Measurement,” at The Land Institute to help people better understand our relationship with these dynamic Earth systems. Brown’s project will include three collections of simple sundials, placed in three stations at The Land Institute’s Marty Bender Nature Area.

October 26, 2018 | 5:30 pm
Marty Bender Nature Area

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Remembering Board Member Vivian Donnelley

The Land Institute marks with sadness the passing of Vivian Donnelley, who died on October 4, 2018. Our hearts go out to the Donnelley and Hilst families and to everyone else Vivian’s remarkable life touched….

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Scientific Publications

Abstract: Plant breeders are increasing yields and improving agronomic traits in several perennial grain crops, the first of which is now being incorporated into commercial food products. Integration strategies and management…

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Abstract: Annual cereal and legume grain production is dependent on inorganic nitrogen (N) and other fertilizers inputs to resupply nutrients lost as harvested grain, via soil erosion/runoff, and by other natural…

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Abstract: New crops with greater capacity for delivering ecosystem services are needed to increase agricultural sustainability. However, even in these crops, seed yield is usually the main criteria for grain domestication….

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