Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

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Author: David Van Tassel, Lee R. DeHaan, Thomas S. Cox
Publication: Evolutionary Applications, doi:10.1111/j.1752-4571.2010.00132.x.

Perennial grain crops do not exist because they could not have evolved under the original set of conditions; however, they can be deliberately developed today through artificial phenotypic and genotypic…

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Author: Jerry Glover
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment: doi:10.1016/j.agee.2010.01.014

Humanity’s unprecedented global demand for farm products poses one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity and ecosystem function. This demand will almost certainly increase as the human population continues…

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Author: T.S. Cox
Publication: "Plant breeding and farmer participation" 2009, Edited by S. Ceccarelli; E.P. Guimar; E. Weltizien, published by U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, pp 1-26.

If the story of modern humans from the beginning to the present day could be compressed into a feature-length movie, the era of crop domestication would occupy a scene approximately…

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Author: Tianna DuPont, Steve W. Culman, Howard Ferris, Daniel H. Buckley, Jerry D. Glover
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment: doi:10.1016/j.agee.2009.12.021

Landscape conversion to agricultural use historically began with tillage, a practice now known to dramatically and often negatively affect soil properties and ecosystem processes in grassland dominated ecosystems. However, converted…

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Author: S W Culman, S T DuPont, J D Glover, D H Buckley, G W Fick, H Ferris, T E Crews
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, (2009), doi:10.1016/j.agee.2009.11.008

Abstract: Soil ecosystem properties and processes which simultaneously maintain native fertility and sustain plant yields are of principal interest in sustainable agriculture. Native prairies in Kansas are relevant in this…

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Author: Jerry Glover, Steve Culman, Tianna DuPont, Whitney Broussard, Lauren Young, Margaret Mangan, John Mai, Timothy Crews, Lee DeHaan, Daniel Buckley, Howard Ferris, Eugene Turner, Heather Reynolds, Donald Wyse
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, (2009), doi:10.1016/j.agee.2009.11.001.

Perennial vegetation can provide multiple ecosystem services essential for sustainable production more effectively than production systems based on annual crops. However, the ability of annually harvested, unfertilized perennial systems to…

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Author: Lee R DeHaan, Sanford Weisberg, David Tilman, Dario Fornarain
Publication: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. (2009), doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2009.10.017.

Bicultures including adapted legumes so far appear to be an adequate starting point for plant breeding programs targeting low input perennial production systems. As the science develops, the species developed…

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Author: Wes Jackson
Publication: Conservation Biology, 2008, Vol 22, No. 6, pp 1372-1381.

Conn Nugent, Wes Jackson, David W. Orr, Norman L. Christensen, Jr., and Courtney White each contributed to “Five articles on American land use, agriculture, climate change, forestry and ranching.” Open a PDF of…

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Author: Emma Marris
Publication: Nature, December 4, 2008, pp 563-568.

This prestigious weekly international journal named Land Institute soil scientist Jerry Glover “one of five crop researchers who could change the world.” Glover and the other four ambitious scientists in…

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Author: Stan Cox
Publication: Synthesis/Regeneration, Vol. 48, Winter 2008.

Agriculture can be made supportable in the short term by tightening up the wasteful food economy and protecting nature from the worst impacts of extensive agriculture. But to ensure that…

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Author: Stan Cox
Publication: Science in Society (UK), Fall 2008.

Plant breeders have long had difficulty finding their role in organic and sustainable agriculture. Now they have a clear-cut, difficult, but achievable mission laid out: to develop perennial crops that…

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Author: J.P. Murphy, R.A. Navarro, T. Cox, et al
Publication: Journal of Plant Registrations, 2007, 1:75-77.

Two lines of common winter wheat germplasm, listed below, were developed and released by the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service and the USDA-ARS in 2006 because of their potential to broaden…

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