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Author: Schiffner, S., Jungers, J.M., Van Tassel, D., Smith, K.P. and Sheaffer, C.C.
Publication: Native Plants Journal

Abstract Silphium integrifolium Michx. (silflower [Asteraceae]) is an emerging perennial oilseed and biomass crop with potential to supply ecosystem services, but optimum seeding dates for establishment are unknown. Our objective…

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Author: Schlautman, B., Bartel, C., Diaz-Garcia, L., Fei, S., Flynn, S., Haramoto, E., Moore, K. and Raman, D.R.
Publication: Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Integrating perennial groundcovers (PGC) — sometimes referred to as living mulches or perennial cover crops — into annual cash-crop systems could address root causes of bare-soil practices that lead to…

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Author: Jared Crain, Atena Haghighattalab, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: The Plant Genome

Abstract The development of perennial grain crops is driven by the vision of simultaneous food production and enhanced ecosystem services. Typically, perennial crops like intermediate wheatgrass (IWG)[Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth…

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Author: Kayla R Altendorf, Steven R Larson, Lee R DeHaan, Jared Crain, Jeff Neyhart, Kevin M Dorn, James A Anderson
Publication: G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics

Abstract Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) is an outcrossing, cool season grass species currently undergoing direct domestication as a perennial grain crop. Though many traits are selection targets, understanding the genetic…

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Author: Jared Crain, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: The Plant Genome

Abstract In an era of constrained and depleted natural resources, perennial grains could provide sustainable food production along with beneficial ecosystem services like reduced erosion and increased atmospheric carbon capture….

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Author: Priscila Pinto, Lee De Haan, Valentin Picasso
Publication: Agronomy

Abstract Kernza intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) is the first commercially developed perennial grain crop in North America, with multiple environmental and economic benefits. One of the major challenges for adoption…

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Author: Olivier Duchene, Benjamin Dumont, Douglas J. Cattani, Laura Fagnant, Brandon Schlautman, Lee R. DeHaan, Spencer Barriball, Jacob M. Jungers, Valentin D. Picasso, Christophe David, Florian Celette
Publication: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Abstract Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey) is being developed for use as a new perennial grain crop through breeding and agronomic research. However, progress has been hampered…

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Author: John H. Price, Andrew R. Raduski, Yaniv Brandvain, David L. Van Tassel, Kevin P. Smith
Publication: bioRxiv

SUMMARY Silphium integrifolium (Asteraceae) has been identified as a candidate for domestication as a perennial oilseed crop and has a sporophytic self-incompatibility system—the genetic basis of which is not well understood…

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Author: Aubrey Streit Krug, Omar Imseeh Tesdell
Publication: New Phytologist Foundation

Societal Impact Statement Plant scientists around the planet are working to develop new perennial grains and learn how to grow them in diverse agroecosystems. Perennial grain agriculture could accomplish long‐term…

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Author: Sydney Schiffner, Jacob M. Jungers, Brent S. Hulke, David L. Van Tassel, Kevin P. Smith, Craig C. Sheaffer
Publication: Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment

Silflower (Silphium integrifolium Michx.) is a potential perennial oilseed crop that can provide ecosystem services; however, its seed, oil, and biomass yield potential are unknown. Our objectives were to determine the…

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Author: Pheonah Nabukalu, Wenqian Kong, Thomas Stan Cox, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Euphytica

Abstract Perennial sorghum cropping offers substantial economic and ecological benefits, conserving fuel, water, and soil. To be perennial in temperate climates, a sorghum plant must over-winter and produce new growth…

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Author: Wenqian Kong, Pheonah Nabukalu, T. Stan Cox, Valorie H. Goff, Gary J. Pierce, Cornelia Lemke, Jon S. Robertson, Rosana Compton, Haibao Tang, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

Despite a “ploidy barrier,” interspecific crosses to wild and/or cultivated sorghum (Sorghum bicolor, 2n = 2x = 20) may have aided the spread across six continents of Sorghum halepense, also exemplifying…

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