Transforming Agriculture, Perennially

Scientific Publications

Prospects for developing perennial grains

Author: T.S. Cox, J.D. Glover, D.L. Van Tassel, C.M. Cox, L.R. DeHaan

Publication: BioScience, 2006, Vol. 56, No. 8, pp. 649-659.

Perennial plants, growing in mixtures, make up most of the world’s natural terrestrial biomes. In contrast, monocultures of annual crops are sown on more than two-thirds of global cropland. Breeding programs aimed at developing perennial grain crops have been initiated in wheat, sorghum, sunflower, intermediate wheatgrass, and other species.

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