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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: Wes Jackson, Aubrey Streit Krug, Bill Vitek, and Robert Jensen

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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Author: Timothy E. Crews and Douglas J. Cattani

Abstract: The development of new perennial crop species is gaining momentum as a promising approach to change the fundamental nature of ecosystem processes in agriculture. The ecological argument for perennial…

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Author: Lee DeHaan, Marty Christians, Jared Crain, and Jesse Poland

Abstract: Ecological intensification of agriculture is a proposed strategy to enhance the production of food while expanding ecosystem services and reducing inputs. Perennial plants that are directly harvested for human…

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Author: Richard C. Hayes, Shuwen Wang, Matthew T. Newell , Kathryn Turner, Jaime Larsen, Laura Gazza, James A. Anderson, Lindsay W. Bell, Douglas J. Cattani, Katherine Frels, Elena Galassi, Alexey I. Morgounov, Clinton K. Revell, Dhruba B. Thapa, Mohammad Sameri, Len J. Wade, Anna Westerbergh, Vladimir Shamanin, Amir Amanov, and Guangdi D. Li

Abstract: A network of 21 experiments was established across nine countries on four continents and spanning both hemispheres, to evaluate the relative performance of early generation perennial cereal material derived…

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Author: Matthew R Ryan, Timothy E Crews, Steven W Culman, Lee R DeHaan, Richard C Hayes, Jacob M Jungers, Matthew G Bakker

Abstract: Plant breeders are increasing yields and improving agronomic traits in several perennial grain crops, the first of which is now being incorporated into commercial food products. Integration strategies and management…

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Author: Brandon Schlautman, Spencer Barriball, Claudia Ciotir, Sterling Herron, and Allison J. Miller

Abstract: Annual cereal and legume grain production is dependent on inorganic nitrogen (N) and other fertilizers inputs to resupply nutrients lost as harvested grain, via soil erosion/runoff, and by other natural…

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Author: M. Kathryn Turner, Damian Ravetta, and David Van Tassel

Abstract: New crops with greater capacity for delivering ecosystem services are needed to increase agricultural sustainability. However, even in these crops, seed yield is usually the main criteria for grain domestication….

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Author: Alejandra Vilela, Luciana González-Paleo, Kathryn Turner, Kelsey Peterson, Damián Ravetta, Timothy E. Crews and David Van Tassel

Abstract: Silflower (Silphium integrifolium Michx.) is in the early stages of domestication as a perennial version of oilseed sunflower, its close relative. Grain crops with deep perennial root systems will provide…

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Author: Stan Cox, Pheonah Nabukalu, Andrew H. Paterson, Wenqian Kong, and Shakirah Nakasagga

Abstract: Perennial germplasm derived from crosses between Sorghum bicolor and either S. halepense or S. propinquum is being developed with the goal of preventing and reversing soil degradation in the…

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Author: Gabriel de Oliveira, Nathaniel A. Brunsell, Caitlyn E. Sutherlin, Timothy E. Crews, Lee R. DeHaan.

Abstract: The ecological impacts resulting from global warming and conventional agricultural practices are predicted to affect crop productivity and reduce the land area available for agriculture in the near future….

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Author: Stan Cox, Pheonah Nabukalu, Andrew H. Paterson, Wenqian Kong, Susan Auckland, Lisa Rainville, Sheila Cox, Shuwen Wang.

Abstract: A perennial version of grain sorghum [S.bicolor (L.) Moench] would create opportunities for greatly reducing tillage and preventing soil degradation. Efforts to select for perenniality and grain production among progeny of…

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Author: Turner, M. K., Kolmer, J. A., Pumphrey, M. O., Bulli, P., Chao, S., & Anderson, J. A.

Abstract: Key message: We identified 15 potentially novel loci in addition to previously characterized leaf rust resistance genes from 1032 spring wheat accessions. Targeted AM subset panels were instrumental in revealing…

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