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The Land Institute’s work advances agricultural scientific knowledge and is conducted in an innovative yet rigorous professional context. Explore our findings and ideas via articles authored or co-authored by members of our staff and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Author: Aubrey Streit Krug
Publication: The Ecological Citizen

Caring for other beings – both human and more-than-human – is crucial to our ongoing existence. This article connects an analysis of care work with an ecospheric perspective to conceptualize…

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Author: Jared Crain, Prabin Bajgain, James Anderson, Xiaofei Zhang, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

Perennial grains could simultaneously provide food for humans and a host of ecosystem services, including reduced erosion, minimized nitrate leaching, and increased carbon capture. Yet most of the world’s food…

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Author: Jared Crain, Prabin Bajgain, James Anderson, Xiaofei Zhang, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

Perennial grains could simultaneously provide food for humans and a host of ecosystem services, including reduced erosion, minimized nitrate leaching, and increased carbon capture. Yet most of the world’s food…

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Author: Sterling A. Herron, Matthew J. Rubin, Claudia Ciotir, Timothy E. Crews, David L. Van Tassel, and Allison J. Miller
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

Herbaceous perennial species are receiving increased attention for their potential to provide both edible products and ecosystem services in agricultural systems. Many legumes (Fabaceae Lindl.) are of special interest due…

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Author: Liz Koziol, Timothy E. Crews, James D. Bever
Publication: Restoration Ecology

Ecological restoration efforts can increase the diversity and function of degraded areas. However, current restoration practices cannot typically reestablish the full diversity and species composition of remnant plant communities. Restoration…

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Author: Omar Tesdell, Yusra Othman, Yara Dowani, Samir Khraishi, Mary Deeik, Fouad Muaddi, Brandon Schlautman, Aubrey Streit Krug, David Van Tassel
Publication: Journal of Arid Environments

Abstract: Climatic change will seriously impact Mediterranean areas. Palestine, which has given forth annual grain based agriculture, is particularly vulnerable given its political and economic situation. Research is needed to…

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Author: Thomas P. McKenna, Timothy E. Crews, Laura Kemp, Benjamin A. Sikes
Publication: PLOS One

Abstract The use of perennial crop species in agricultural systems may increase ecosystem services and sustainability. Because soil microbial communities play a major role in many processes on which ecosystem…

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Author: Kristian Thorup-Kristensen, Niels Halberg, Mette Nicolaisen, Jørgen Eivind Olesen, Timothy E. Crews, Philippe Hinsinger, John Kirkegaard, Alain Pierret, and Dorte Bodin Dresbøll
Publication: Trends in Plant Science

Recent studies have documented highly significant differences among current and potential crops, as well as genotypic differences, in the ability for deep rooting. Results have shown significant effects of deep…

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Author: Brandon Schlautman, Luis Diaz-Garcia, Spencer Barriball
Publication: Plant Science

Adaptation of agriculture to climate change and its associated ecological pressures will require new crops, novel trait combinations, and previously unknown phenotypic attributes to deploy in climate resilient cropping systems….

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Author: Gabriel de Oliveira, Nathaniel A.Brunsell, Timothy E.Crews, Lee R.DeHaan, GiuliaVico
Publication: Plant Science

Abstract: Perennial crops have been proposed as a more sustainable alternative to annual crops, because they have extended growing seasons, continuous ground cover, reduced nutrient leakage, and sequester more carbon…

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Author: John S. Mortenson, Blair L. Waldron, Steve R. Larson, Kevin B. Jensen, Lee R. DeHaan, Michael D. Peel, Paul G. Johnson, and J. Earl Creech
Publication: Agronomy

Abstract: It has been hypothesized that the genetic control of forage traits, especially biomass, for grass plants growing as spaced-plants versus swards is different. Likewise, the genetic control of compatibility…

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Author: Stephan Reinert, David L. Van Tassel, Brandon Schlautman, Nolan C. Kane, and Brent S. Hulke
Publication: Plant Genetic Resources

Silphium spp. have garnered interest in Europe as a bioenergy crop and in North America as a perennial oilseed crop. However, very little has been done at this early stage of…

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