Perennial crops for food security proceedings of the FAO expert workshop

This 11-part perennial crop proceeding from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations discusses the technical and cultural state of perennial grains:

  1. Perennial crops: needs, perceptions, essentials
  2. Perennial rice: challenges and opportunities
  3. The progression of perennial rice breeding and genetics research in China
  4. Perennial wheat breeding: current germplasm and a way forward for breeding and global cooperation
  5. Evaluation of nine perennial wheat derivatives grown in Italy
  6. Current efforts to develop perennial wheat and domesticate Thinopyrum intermedium as a perennial grain
  7. Viewpoint: multiple-harvest sorghums toward improved food security
  8. Breeding and genetics of perennial maize: progress, opportunities and challenges
  9. Evaluating perennial candidates for domestication: lessons from wild sunflower relatives
  10. Domestication of Lepidium campestre as part of Mistra Biotech, a research programme focused on agro-biotechnology for sustainable food
  11. Agriculture redesign through perennial grains: case studies

It is available for download in PDF. Preview the first part here.

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    • Hi Ray very sorry to say that perennial wheat is not ready for market. it needs some intensive selection and then maybe not even. we are now looking more at Kernza or intermediate wheat grass. Several groups around the Midwest are working to find best approaches to get it established with less weed competition as its a perennial and then seeing how it fares as a multi-purpose crop, for grazing and/or harvested for grain in Michigan as well as a perennial ground cover. Several others are doing the same work in Minnesota. This is on farm and on station. Those in Ohio are also looking at best approaches to use it agronomically while it also manages soil erosion and retains soil nitrogen. Not ready for the market YET but we will soon. Thanks for your inquiry

    • To learn about opportunities to grow and sell intermediate wheat grass and other perennial grains visit Green land Blue Water’s website: For more information about Green Lands Blue Waters write or call 612-625-3709.

      Regional Program Offices:
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      Green Lands Blue Waters
      411 Borlaug Hall
      1991 Upper Buford Circle
      St. Paul, MN 55108-6026
      Office location:
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      Green Lands Blue Waters
      411 Hayes Hall
      1509 Gortner Avenue
      University of Minnesota
      St. Paul MN 55108

      How to reach GLBW staff:

      Richard Warner

      Watershed Initiatives Coordinator
      Aaron Reser

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