Comparative analysis of perennial and annual legume congeners: great work by SLU Master's student Sterling Herron
Sterling Herron spent the summer at The Land Institute in Salina Kansas investigating seed traits, germination, and growth rates of perennial and annual members of Glycine, Lupinus, and Phaseolus. We are working with David Van Tassel and other scientists at The Land Institute to test hypothesis about why annuals herbaceous plants, but not perennial herbaceous plants, were domesticated in some of these genera.
UPDATE: Sterling is back in Salina this fall measuring massive growth of perennial soybeans and root/shoot biomass ratios. Keep up the great work, Sterling!
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