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EDN #147 Now Available 2020-04-14

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Responding in the Case of an Epidemic or Pandemic

Dawn Berkelaar


SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been making its way around the world in the past weeks and months. The effects of this disease will almost certainly be felt by every community. Countries, where the infection is already well-established, have found it difficult to manage. Coping with a pandemic like this is particularly challenging in places with high population densities, lack of infrastructure, malnutrition, and incidence of other infections that leave people’s immune systems more vulnerable. Here are a few suggestions for ways to respond well in your community to the presence of a highly contagious disease.

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Upcoming events

Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops Short Course
Thu, 11 June 2020 » Wed, 29 July 2020

Virtual Conference,

University of California Postharvest Center Online Conference The 2020 course is a great opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills at a significantly lower price! This course is a seven-week intensive study of the latest technologies used for handling fruits, nuts, vegetables and ornamentals in California, and the underlying biology principals. The new, interactive, virtual format will include pre-recorded video presentations, weekly live overview, highlights and Q&A sessions...

POSTPONED TBD- Small Scale Fish Culture Workshop: Fish Farming for Food & Profit
Tue, 23 June 2020 » Thu, 25 June 2020

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank, Thailand

Small-scale Livestock Management - CANCELLED
Mon, 27 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Global Farm, USA

To safeguard against COVID-19, and the spread of the novel coronavirus, some on-campus ECHO Florida training events have been modified. ·Small-Scale Livestock Workshop, July 27 – 31, 2020 has been cancelled.   Learn about small-scale management of livestock in the tropics during this one week course. ECHO's global farm manages cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, fowl, and rabbits. Learn how to integrate and manage these animals into a tropical farming system.  

ECHO Asia Training in SRI- System of Rice Intensification
Fri, 31 July 2020 » Fri, 31 July 2020

ECHO Asia Impact Center Farm and Seed Bank, Thailand

Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development- September 2020
Mon, 14 September 2020 » Fri, 18 September 2020

ECHO Global Farm, USA

Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.  Topics and discussions will be centered on improved food security and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.  Participants will be introduced to the complexities related to poverty and community development.  They will also be introduced to principles and practices that contribute toward maintaining...

Latest Resources

Comparative analysis of seed size, germination, and vegetative allocation in annual and herbaceous perennial crops and their wild relatives in Lupinus and Phaseolus (Fabaceae)

Abstract, bioRxiv, 2019

Herbaceous perennial species are receiving increased attention for their potential to provide both edible products and ecosystem services in agricultural systems. Many legumes (Fabaceae Lind...

Enhancing Crop Domestication Through Genomic Selection, a Case Study of Intermediate Wheatgrass

Abstract, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2020

Perennial grains could simultaneously provide food for humans and a host of ecosystem services, including reduced erosion, minimized nitrate leaching, and increa...

Harnessing perennial and indeterminant growth habits for ratoon cotton (Gossypium spp.) cropping

Abstract, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 2020

Ratoon is the stub or root of a perennial plant that is commonly retained after harvest to produce a following crop. This paper presents a review of ratoon cotton...

Perennial Grain

Community structure of soil fungi in a novel perennial crop monoculture, annual agriculture, and native prairie reconstruction

Abstract, PlosONE, 2020

The use of perennial crop species in agricultural systems may increase ecosystem services and sustainability. Because soil microbial communities play a major role in many processes on which ...

Interview with an Ecologist:

Tim Crews, Director of Research and Soil Ecologist, The Land Institute

New perennial grains in African smallholder agriculture from a farming systems perspective. A review

Abstract, Springer Link, 2020

Perennial grain crops are gaining increased attention from researchers as one possible solution to agriculture’s many sustainability challenges. In the Sub-Saharan African context, per...

Perennial Grains FAQs

Farmers and environmentalists alike seek a crop that is economically and environmentally sound. A new crop ‘perennial wheat’ may have that potential. Perennial wheat is a crop that has been under development for almost 70 ye...

The Land Institute

The Land Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Salina, Kansas, that was founded in 1976. The Land Institute’s work, led by a team of plant breeders and ecologists in multiple partnerships worldwide, is fo...


Kernza® grain is harvested from intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium). This (cousin) of annual wheat has been grown throughout the USA to provide fodder for livestock. Now intermediate wheatgrass is being domestic...