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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Place Out of Matter exhibition by Rena Detrixhe

The Land Institute research resident, Rena Detrixhe, explores the systems of value, cultural relations to land, and the more-than-human world with attention to histories of injustice in her exhibit,  Place Out of Matter.

May 1, 2019 | 10:00 am

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Interview with a Plant Scientist: Brandon Schlautman, Perennial Legumes

What brought you here to The Land Institute (TLI)? I’ve always been interested in agriculture, but I first thought about becoming a plant breeder early in my undergrad career when I realized that I had…

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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, increased…

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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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