Transforming Agriculture, Perennially
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Category: Perennial Crops

Author: Emma I. Scott, Eric Toensmeier, Fred Iutzi, Nathan A. Rosenberg, Sarah Taylor Lovell, Nicholas R. Jordan, Tessa E. Peters, Esther Akwii & Emily M. Broad Leib
Publication: Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

Recent research highlights the policy mechanisms and market developments that are necessary to catalyze a shift toward perennial agriculture systems that provide more substantial ecosystem services and greater climate resilience…

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Author: Shilai Zhang, Guangfu Huang, Yujiao Zhang, Xiutao Lv, Kejiang Wan, Jian Liang, Yupeng Feng, Jinrong Dao, Shukang Wu, Lin Zhang, Xu Yang, Xiaoping Lian, Liyu Huang, Lin Shao, Jing Zhang, Shiwen Qin, Dayun Tao, Timothy E. Crews, Erik J. Sacks, Jun Lyu, Len J. Wade & Fengyi Hu
Publication: Nature Sustainability

New research reports that a new high-yielding, long-lived perennial rice with significant environmental, economic, and social sustainability impacts is now being grown in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Abstract…

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Author: Elizabeth A. Chapman, Hanne Cecilie Thomsen1, Sophia Tulloch, Pedro M. P. Correia, Guangbin Luo, Javad Najafi, Lee R. DeHaan, Timothy E. Crews, Lennart Olsson, Per-Olof Lundquist, Anna Westerbergh, Pai Rosager Pedas, Søren Knudsen, Michael Palmgren
Publication: Frontiers in Plant Science

New research published in parternship by Carlsberg Group Future Crops, The Land Institute, University of Copenhagen, Carlsberg Foundation, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Innovation Fund Denmark, Lund University in…

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Author: Jarrad R. Prasifka, Kelsey Peterson, Rachel E. Mallinger, David L. Van Tassel
Publication: Crop Science

Ongoing domestication of whole leaf rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium Michx., as a perennial oilseed and forage crop aims to increase yields while limiting decreases in other desirable traits (i.e., trade-offs). Two…

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Author: Wen Qian Kong, Pheonah Nabukalu, Stan Cox, Robyn Johnston, Michael J. Scanlon, Jon S. Robertson, Valorie H. Goff, Gary J. Pierce, Cornelia Lemke, Rosana Compton, Jaxk Reeves, Andrew H. Paterson
Publication: Plants, People, Planet

Although tremendously successful at feeding humanity, row crop agriculture based on annuals contributes to numerous ecosystem dis-services, ranging from soil degradation and aquatic eutrophication to greenhouse gas production. In contrast,…

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Author: Lee R.DeHaan, David L.Van Tassel
Publication: One Earth Volume 5, Issue 1, 21 January 2022, Pages 14-17

Commentary The global food system is highly dependent on grains, the production of which requires annual biomass turnover, which reduces soil health and undermines sustainability. Investments in diverse perennial grain-producing…

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Author: Schiffner, S., Jungers, J.M., Van Tassel, D., Smith, K.P. and Sheaffer, C.C.
Publication: Native Plants Journal

Abstract Silphium integrifolium Michx. (silflower [Asteraceae]) is an emerging perennial oilseed and biomass crop with potential to supply ecosystem services, but optimum seeding dates for establishment are unknown. Our objective…

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Author: Jared Crain, Atena Haghighattalab, Lee DeHaan, Jesse Poland
Publication: The Plant Genome

Abstract The development of perennial grain crops is driven by the vision of simultaneous food production and enhanced ecosystem services. Typically, perennial crops like intermediate wheatgrass (IWG)[Thinopyrum intermedium (Host) Barkworth…

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Author: Kayla R Altendorf, Steven R Larson, Lee R DeHaan, Jared Crain, Jeff Neyhart, Kevin M Dorn, James A Anderson
Publication: G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics

Abstract Intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) is an outcrossing, cool season grass species currently undergoing direct domestication as a perennial grain crop. Though many traits are selection targets, understanding the genetic…

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Author: John H. Price, Andrew R. Raduski, Yaniv Brandvain, David L. Van Tassel, Kevin P. Smith
Publication: bioRxiv

SUMMARY Silphium integrifolium (Asteraceae) has been identified as a candidate for domestication as a perennial oilseed crop and has a sporophytic self-incompatibility system—the genetic basis of which is not well understood…

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Author: Sydney Schiffner, Jacob M. Jungers, Brent S. Hulke, David L. Van Tassel, Kevin P. Smith, Craig C. Sheaffer
Publication: Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment

Silflower (Silphium integrifolium Michx.) is a potential perennial oilseed crop that can provide ecosystem services; however, its seed, oil, and biomass yield potential are unknown. Our objectives were to determine the…

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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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