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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: 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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Author: Robert Jensen
Publication: The Ecological Citizen

Abstract Glaring inequality, both between and within societies, makes it difficult to talk about ‘we’ – a collective human project of understanding and responding to multiple, cascading ecological crises. Assigning…

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Author: Alejandra E. Vilela, Luciana González-Paleo, Damián A. Ravetta, Ebony G. Murrell, and David L. Van Tassel
Publication: Agronomy

Abstract The perennial sunflower Silphium integrifolium Michx. (Asteraceae), also known as silflower, is a prospective dual-purpose forage plus grain crop. Pre-flowering biomass harvest for animal feed and the subsequent delay…

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Author: Jared Crain, Steve Larson, Kevin Dorn, Traci Hagedorn, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: Theoretical and Applied Genetics

Abstract In outcrossing species such as intermediate wheatgrass (IWG, Thinopyrum intermedium), polycrossing is often used to generate novel recombinants through each cycle of selection, but it cannot track pollen-parent pedigrees…

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Author: Barbara Baraibar, Ebony G. Murrell, Brosi A. Bradley, Mary E. Barbercheck,David A. Mortensen, Jason P. Kaye, Charles M. White
Publication: Plos One

Abstract Cover crop mixtures can provide multiple ecosystem services but provisioning of these services is contingent upon the expression of component species in the mixture. From the same seed mixture,…

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Author: David L. Van Tassel, Omar Tesdell, Brandon Schlautman, Matthew J. Rubin, Lee R. DeHaan, Timothy E. Crews, Aubrey Streit Krug
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

The classic domestication scenario for grains and fruits has been portrayed as the lucky fixation of major-effect “domestication genes.” Characterization of these genes plus recent improvements in generating novel alleles…

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Author: Lee DeHaan, Steve Larson, Rosa L. López-Marqués, Stephan Wenkel, Caixia Gao, Michael Palmgren
Publication: Trends in Plant Science

Shifting the life cycle of grain crops from annual to perennial would usher in a new era of agriculture that is more environmentally friendly, resilient to climate change, and capable…

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Author: Gabriel de Oliveira, Nathaniel A. Brunsell, Timothy E. Crews Lee R. DeHaan, Giulia Vico
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: Prabin Bajgain, Xiaofei Zhang, Jacob M. Jungers, Lee R. DeHaan, Brett Heim, Craig C. Sheaffer, Donald L. Wyse, James A. Anderson
Publication: Journal of Plant Registrations

Abstract ‘MN‐Clearwater’ (Reg. no. CV‐287, PI 692651) is the world’s first commercial food‐grade intermediate wheatgrass [IWG; Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey subsp. intermedium ] grain cultivar. It was…

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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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