Minnesota’s environment is one of the state’s strongest assets. Our state is home to many unique animal and plant species, including wild rice, which is our state grain. Wild rice is also vitally important to Native Americans. Natural Allies acknowledges the unique relationship that Minnesota Tribal Nations have with wild rice and values the role it plays in tribal communities. Our goal is to share research with stakeholders to aid in understanding how natural and human factors impact the overall health of wild rice.
Enhancing wild rice in Minnesota will continue to be an important challenge, and navigating a strategic path forward depends on understanding and balancing the interests of all involved. The following resources are readily available to review and have been utilized as research validating the diverse natural factors impacting wild rice habitat.
Wild Rice Task Force
Wild Rice Task Force
The Governor’s Wild Rice Task Force Report provided a narrative on some of the complexities surrounding wild rice in Minnesota. The task force recommended creating and funding a Wild Rice Stewardship Council charged with making recommendations on the management, monitoring, outreach, research and regulation of wild rice.Read More
Toxicity of Sulfate and Chloride to Early Life Stages of Wild Rice (Zizania Palustris) 2014
In this comprehensive study, Fort et al. discovered sulfate concentrations below 5000 mg/L did not adversely affect early life stage wild rice during a 21 day period, and effects at 5000 mg/L sulfate were attributable to conductivity-related stress rather than sulfate toxicity.Read More
Toxicity of Sulfide to Early Life Stages of Wild Rice (Zizania Palustris) 2017
Fort et al. concluded that exposure of developing wild rice to sulfide at 3.1 mg sulfide/L in the presence of 0.8 mg/L Fe reduced mesocotyl emergence and demonstrated the importance of iron in mitigating sulfide toxicity to wild rice.Read More
Hydroponics-Based Sulfide Toxicity Testing of Wild Rice (Zizania Palustris) – Controlled Oxygen Headspace
Fort et. al examined the role of iron in altering sulfide toxicity and determined the addition of 2.8 mg/L Fe reduced the toxicity (emergence) of sulfide, indicating that the depth of hydroponic exposure during mesocotyl emergence and early growth was not a significant factor in the sensitivity of wild rice to sulfide.Read More