R. Ford Denison’s Darwinian Agriculture Blog

Scroll down for links to videos of my talks, or click the 3-bar symbol at upper right for blog posts.

Background image above (by Forrest Izuno) shows one of three sites in the University of Minnesota’s Long-Term Agricultural Research Network, where most of my field research occurs. Insets show some of my research on solar tracking, optical sensors to monitor crop nitrogen and water stress, and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in soybean and Apios americana.

About this blog

This blog mostly covers topics from my book, Darwinian Agriculture, published by  Princeton University Press.  Hardbound, Kindle and now paper-back editions are available from Amazon or your local independent bookstore.

About me

  • B.A. (ecology), Evergreen State College, 1976.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. (crop science), Cornell University, 1980 and 1983.
    • Advisors: crop physiologist Thomas Sinclair, soil microbiologist Martin Alexander, ecologist Brian Chabot, agricultural engineer Norman Scott.
  • Postdocs with Robert Loomis (UC Davis) and Park Nobel (UCLA), 1983-1986.
  • Research Plant Physiologist with USDA, 1986-1993.
  • Associate and full Professor, Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis, 1993-2005.
  • Adjunct Professor, Ecology and Evolution, University of Minnesota, 2005-
  • My publications (Google Scholar page)
  • Amazon author page with brief biography.

Speaking schedule (and links to videos of past talks)

  • 2017 August 20-25. European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Groningen, the Netherlands.
    • “Domestication versus ‘taming’ of crops and symbionts”
  • 2017 May 11: University of Minnesota
    • Improving cooperation among plants and microbes
  • 2017 May 8: Wageningen University (Netherlands)
    • Improving cooperation among plants and microbes
  • 2017 May 5-7 Mantova Food and Science Festival (Mantua, Italy).
  • 2017 February 27: Penn State.
    • “Evolutionary tradeoffs as opportunities”
  • 2016 November 17: University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.
    •  “Long-term experiments in a world with a short attention span”
  • 2016 November 7: Crop Science Society of America annual meeting (Phoenix):
    • “What can we learn from evolutionary biology and natural ecosystems to improve stress responses?”
  • 2016 October: University of California, Davis:
  • 2016 October 3: Monmouth College (Monmouth, Illinois).
    • 4:00: “What Can Short-Term Experiments Tell Us about Long-Term Agricultural Sustainability?”
    • 7:30:  McMullen Lecture: “Hardin’s Garden: Untapped Potential for Plant-Microbe-Human Cooperation in Agriculture.”
  • 2016 September 26.  University of Maine, Orono.
    • “Microbe-plant-human cooperation in agriculture.”
  • 2015: Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2013: UC Davis.
  • 2013: International Rice Research Institute.
  • 2010: Applied-Evolution Summit, Heron Island, Australia.

4 thoughts on “R. Ford Denison’s Darwinian Agriculture Blog

  1. Why not here? Looks fine from this end. If you decide to put down roots and stay awhile, consider yourself welcomed by another WordPress blogger.

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  2. Hey, professor, I know your blog from the book “why evolution is true”, at the end of this book it introduce a lot of net resource including your blog: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/denis036/thisweekinevolution/

    It’s a pity that “The University of Minnesota is ending their Uthink blog platform”.

    I leave this comment to ask if you could backup all the content of your previous blog here? So that we can read them again.

    Thanks for your attention.

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