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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: C. M. Cox, K. A. Garrett, R. L. Bowden, A. K. Fritz, S. P. Dendy, W. F. Heer

Because of differences in life histories between Puccinia triticina, a highly specialized, polycyclic, windborne pathogen with a shallow dispersal gradient, and Pyrenophora triticirepentis, a residue-borne pathogen with a steep dispersal…

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Author: Martin H. Bender

Holmes County has been distinguished by successful, small-scale farming. Its farmers have retained various traditional practices, but they have also adopted some modern technologies and practices that can be profitable…

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Author: Jerry Glover

Rather than work to improve annual production systems by individually addressing the many attendant problems, researchers at The Land Institute (TLI) refer to natural ecosystems for solutions to meeting the…

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Author: L. R. DeHaan, N. J. EhIke, C. C. Sheaffer, G. J. Muehlbauer, D. L. Wyse

Illinois bundleflower is an herbaceous perennial legume native to North America. Useful as a N2-fixing plant in warm-season grass pastures, Illinois bundleflower is also a promising perennial grain crop. Download…

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Author: Martin H. Bender

Presented at the Third Biennial International Workshop, Advances in Energy Studies: Reconsidering the Importance of Energy, Porto Venere, Italy, 24-28 September 2002 To explore the reduction of fossil fuel use…

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Author: C.M. Cox, T.D. Murray, S.S. Jones

A perennial wheat cropping system on the Palouse Prairie of eastern Washington may provide an alternative to the Federal Conservation Reserve Program and reduce soil erosion while providing a harvestable…

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Author: Wes Jackson

Soil fertility has been the basis of all past civilizations. The current agricultural system supplements declining soil fertility with petroleum, which is being rapidly depleted. This system reflects the deeply…

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Author: J. K. Piper, S.L. Pimm

Abstract: We tested the prediction that we are more likely to create persistent, species-rich plant communities by increasing the number of species sown and allowing communities to assemble over six…

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Author: T.S. Cox, W. Jackson

Genetic engineering has many and varied effects on biodiversity, but its likely long-term result will be a decrease in genetic variability of crops and other species. Open a PDF of…

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Author: Martin Bender

Biodiesel, an alcohol ester, is a renewable fuel because its agricultural production and processing have a positive energy balance of roughly 2.5:1. Also, no appreciable difference between biodiesel and diesel…

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Author: C. Picone, D. Van Tassel

Over the last fifty to eighty years, most of the world’s agriculture has been transformed into an “industrial agriculture.” Download PDF

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Author: Martin H. Bender

Maintenance of agricultural productivity requires sustained soil fertility by import or return of nutrients. While intensive farming systems obtain nutrients through purchased fertilizers and/or supplemental feed, extensive systems import little…

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