Aubrey Streit Krug, Director of the Perennial Cultures Lab at The Land Institute, provides an overview of the Perennial Atlas Project, a new civic science project that will engage up to 250 participants working with perennial grain crops and their annual counterparts across the US to advance perennial grain research.
Click here to learn more about this project and get involved.
The podcast Garden Futurist spoke with Tim Crews, Chief Scientist and Director of the International Program at The Land Institute, on humans’ relationship with agriculture and the planet, the role of perennials in building healthy soil ecosystems, and a discussion on how ecological perennial gardening ideas could scale up to our global agricultural landscapes.
Brand Schlautman, Lead Scientist of the Perennial Legumes Program at The Land Institute, sat down with Andy Stumpf on the IRONCLAD “Change Agents” Podcast to discuss perennial grain developments in the context of the US farming system.
*Correction: The Land Institute is based in Salina, Kansas (The podcast mentions that The Land Institute is a Kentucky-based organization).
The Kansas Black Farmers Association (KBFA) recently hosted Amy June Breesman, Land Relations Specialist at The Land Institute, on their podcast to share her story and unique insight on programs and initiatives to add value to farmers and discuss perennial grain agriculture, opportunities for collaboration, and more.
Civic Science collaborator Ellie Irons documents progress and shares insights from her experience working with the perennial oilseed Silphium integrifolium to illustrate how storytelling, photography, and data collection all connect to the broader social and ecological context of this prairie plant and its habitat, particularly in its journey to disrupt dominant lawn monocultures in the US.
Jacob Jungers, Kernza perennial grain research collaborator and Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota, recently spoke on a webinar with the North Central Region Water Network about Kernza’s ability to greatly reduce nitrate leaching that stems from row crop production in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains regions of the US. In this webinar, Jacob also draws attention to the policy and market support measures that have developed in tandem with Kernza research.
Perennial grain research collaborator Sandeep Nain from Gateway Research Organization in Alberta, Canada, recently spoke on the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association podcast about the beneficial aspects of perennial grains in multi-crop agriculture systems. Topics of discussion include the benefits of sainfoin in intercropping configurations, the ability of perennial grains to adapt to variable weather conditions, the dual-purpose (food & forage) nature of Kernza, and more.
NPR’s weekly science podcast Short Wave recently featured a story on perennial rice, which took place during the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC. Short Wave’s Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber spoke with Tim Crews, Chief Scientist at The Land Institute, and research collaborator Eric Sachs about the environmental and socioeconomic benefits of this perennial grain.
Our team of science collaborators has developed a new R package, “uafR,” that automates the process of identifying chemicals from gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) data.
Researchers can use this package to identify large chemistry datasets in hours rather than weeks or months, as was previously required. This software will help researchers quickly measure and identify natural chemical compounds in diverse perennial grain plants that could be used in organic pest management, thus allowing them to deploy natural plant chemistry tactics to manage pests that limit perennial grain crop growth and agricultural production.
The developers of the package explain how it came to be and what it does.
To download the uafR package and learn more about its functions, please visit:
*Note: This package does not run on Linux systems.