John Todd, Back to Our Roots, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, May 2010, Pages 1 ( Abstract: Last September I attended the Prairie Festival at The Land Institute in Salinas, Kansas. At the institute, Wes Jackson and his colleagues are undertaking one of the most important agricultural research projects in the world. They have gone back to first principles and are breeding new grain crops that are perennials rather than annuals. To do so, they cross high-yielding annual crops, such as wheat and corn, with their wild perennial relatives. They have taken the long view. They expect the research will take over half a century to begin to make a significant impact on agriculture. After decades of plant breeding they are now producing a grain they call KernzaTM. KernzaTM is an intermediate wheatgrass. It is a highly nutritious perennial, and it tastes good. It is a very tough plant and has not been in the human food inventory until now. The breeders at The Land Institute feel they still have another ten years to produce a commercial version of the crop, but each year the KernzaTM … Topics: Agriculture & Food