MSU professor explores perennial wheat crops

Dr. Sieg Snapp, thanks to a four-year, million dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture organic research grant is able to conduct more research regarding agronomic management and practical aspects of variety development of perennial grains at Michigan State University. 

Author: Laura Probyn
 July 2009

Every time a farmer plants a cash crop, he or she makes a substantial investment of money, time and labor resources. But what if that crop wasn’t something that had to be planted every year, but instead, sprouted out of the ground each spring and was ready for a summer harvest?

Sieg Snapp, associate professor of crop and soil sciences at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, is addressing that question. She’s conducting this work thanks to a four-year, million dollar U.S. Department of Agriculture organic research grant.

Her team is studying the possibilities for developing perennial wheat as a crop for environmentally friendly agricultural production. Team members include Scott Swinton, MSU professor of agriculture, food and resource economics; Vicki Morrone, MSU outreach specialist; Janet Lewis, MSU wheat breeder; Michigan farmers; and colleagues at Washington State University. Their work builds on research that leads to a new type of perennial grain crop. Read full story here. 


Permanganate Oxidizable Carbon Reflects a Processed Soil Fraction that is Sensitive to Management

Author: Steve Culman et al
Date:  March–April 2012
Abstract: Permanganate oxidizable C (POXC; i.e., active C) is a relatively new method that can quantify labile soil C rapidly and inexpensively. Despite limited reports of positive correlations with particulate organic C (POC), microbial biomass C (MBC), and other soil C fractions, little is known about what soil fractions POXC most closely re!ects. We measured POXC across a wide range of soil types, ecosystems, and geographic areas (12 studies, 53 total sites, n = 1379) to: (i) determine the relationship between POXC and POC, MBC and soil organic C (SOC) fractions, and (ii) determine the relative sensitivity of POXC as a labile soil C metric across a range of environmental and management conditions.
Source: SSSAJ: Volume 76: Number 2

Increased Food and Ecosystem Security via Perennial Grains

Author: Jerry D. Glover et al
Source: Science 25 June 2010: Vol. 328 no. 5986 pp. 1638-1639

“Perennial grains hold promise, especially for marginal landscapes or with limited resources where annual versions struggle.”

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Perennial wheat at MSU

Author: Lab of Professor Snapp
Affiliation: Michigan State University, Kellogg Biological Station
Abstract: This presentation presents data on perennial wheat studies at Michigan State, including examples of crops grown in Malawi, Africa.