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Perrennial Grain Development Community

The Perrennial Grain Development Community is part of the Global Agronomy Section.

International interest is growing in developing an entirely new type of grain crop, a perennial plant type. Researchers in Australia, Canada, China, and USA are leading the development of perennial crops including perennial wheat, perennial rice and perennial sunflower. There is also interest in Africa and SE Asia in perennial legumes, pigeonpea and runner bean. We are committed to working together to strengthen the development and uses of perennial grains in diverse eco system. We need to have a wider lens to learn from each other regarding genetics, agronomy and what is feasible for perennial grains. We hope this community of practice will shed light on what is known and what is needed to develop this crop to its potential through greater knowledge, increased levels of expertise and novel uses of this
crop.

This group initially consisted of researchers, outreach specialists and farmers from Michigan State University, The Land Institute in Kansas, and Washington State University joined as these institutions were the locals for initial research for perennial wheat. The group continues to collaborate with field and greenhouse research and share the information and successful Perennial grains. We have grown in the last year by reaching out to our colleagues engaged in Perennial Grains in Australia and China. We know the potential to expand our group is great, and the research area is very rewarding. We are seeking those engaged in this field of study as agronomists, geneticists, ecologists and even bioenergy scientist and practitioners to join us as we seek to understand the capacity of this crop in various ecosystems.

View the Perrennial Grain Development Community Leadership Roster