Jerry Glover, Science and Technology Policy Fellow, US Agency for International Development
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Jerry Glover, an agricultural ecologist and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, advises the US Agency for International Development on agricultural research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Jerry earned undergraduate soil science and philosophy degrees and a Ph.D. in soil science at Washington State University.
A 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Jerry has published articles on perennial cropping systems in the journals Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Scientific American.
His work has been highlighted in documentary films and in National Geographic and Nature, which recognized Jerry as one of "five crop researchers who could change the world."
Jerry Glover, an agricultural ecologist, explains the process of breeding perennial versions of today's grain crops. Glover highlights the sustainability of this advancement and how planting perennials for food can spur an agricultural revolution.
In agriculture, a plant or plant product that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence. By use, crops fall into six categories: food crops, for human consumption (e.g., wheat, potatoes); feed crops, for livestock consumption (e.g., oats, alfalfa); fibre crops, for cordage and textiles (e.g., cotton, hemp); oil crops, for consumption or industrial uses (e.g., cottonseed, corn); ornamental crops, for landscape gardening (e.g., dogwood, azalea); and industrial and secondary crops, for various personal and industrial uses (e.g., rubber, tobacco).