AMES, Iowa — An agro-ecologist with The Land Institute will present a seminar on the qualities of perennial plant communities on April 24 on the Iowa State University campus.
Jerry Glover will present "Perennial Solutions to Farming's Annual Problems," as part of the Department of Agronomy's crop production and physiology seminar series. It will begin at 4:10 p.m. in 2020 Agronomy Hall.
The seminar will feature the qualities of perennials in terms of their ability to store more carbon, maintain better soil and water quality and manage nutrients more conservatively than annual plant communities. Glover will discuss the greater biomass and resource management capacity of perennials and how these advantages provide a base from which to begin hybridization and selection for increased resource allocation to developing seeds.
Glover joined The Land Institute in 2002 as an agro-ecologist for natural systems agriculture projects. He received a bachelor's degree in soil science in 1997, a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1998 and a doctorate degree in soil science in 2001 from Washington State University.