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In Praise of Elymus

The Genus Elymus contains wild ryes – Virginia Wild Rye, Canadian Wild Rye, and in the image above Bottlebrush and River Rye.

The Rapidan Institute is focused on East Coast rivers floodplain re-connection and resilience. There are relics remaining of what pre-European floodplain and terraces looked like prior to the advent of industrial agriculture. The Floodplain Savanna appears to be a stable ecosystem configuration of trees and perennial native grasses. Bottlebrush and River Ryes along with River Oats are plants that together create adequate biomass to allow flood water to rise while still holding the bank. How can we create new agricultural cropping systems that provides financial return to riverside landowners while creating greater resilience during flood events?

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