The lost crops of the Eastern Agricultural Complex.: a, Goosefoot (Chenopodium berlandieri). b, Sumpweed/marshelder (Iva annua). c, Little barley (Hordeum pusillum). d, Erect knotweed (Polygonum erectum). e, Maygrass (Phalaris caroliniana). Image in a courtesy of S.C.; images in b–e courtesy of N.G.M.

“There’s a fascinating paper in Nature Plants by Mueller et alGrowing the lost crops of eastern North America’s original agricultural system. When you think of Native American agriculture you probably think of maize, beans and pumpkin. What Mueller et al. look at is a much earlier agricultural system.” continue reading →

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