Here, in University of Minnesota, we focus on improving the current agriculture patterns and developing the forever green field by selectively adding winter-annual and perennial crops to our cropping systems.
We have already posted our video in Youtube introducing our projects. Please follow the linkage: http://www.youtube.com/user/umnforevergreen?feature=watch .
In the forever green initiative, I focus on accelerate the domestication of intermediate wheatgrass. Intermediate wheatgrass is a perennial grass. But through the development of the scientists in Rodal Institute and The Land Institute, Dr. Lee DeHaan has doubled the seed size. Now its seed size is about 1/3 of bread wheat seeds. Intermediate wheatgrass is a promising specie to become a next generation crop for human.
Our main goal is to increase intermediate wheatgrass grain yield and seed size by 15% per year through traditional breeding–recurrent selection, and genomic selection.