Perennial Grain Development Community

The Perennial 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 ecosystems. 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 these crops to their potential.

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 locales for initial research on perennial wheat. The group continues to work on field and greenhouse research and share their results. We have grown in the last year by reaching out to our colleagues engaged in reseraching perennial grains in Australia and China. 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 these crops in various ecosystems.