Imaging from Plant Biology faculty member Adrienne Roeder's lab

Musgrave Research Farm field day

Arabidopsis root analysis in agar

Rice cultivar analysis by Plant Breeding and Genetics faculty Susan McCouch


In the coming decades, the world must arrive at solutions to the major challenges of feeding a burgeoning population, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and preserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem functions. Plants underpin all agricultural and natural ecosystems and environmental impacts on plant systems will cascade at local, regional, national, and international scales. But plants will also be the basis for solutions.  Our vision is to use Discoveries that connect: from fundamental insights to better plants, sustainably grown, serving the world to help secure a sustainable future for coming generations.


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Cornell plant breeding pioneer wins Japan Prize

Jan 26, 2016
Steven D. Tanksley, a molecular geneticist who pioneered concepts essential to modern plant breeding while a professor at Cornell University, has won the prestigious Japan Prize. The award recognizes his development of molecular genetic analysis and contribution to the stable production of food crops. Read more

Neil Campbell's "Biology" ranks #4 in assigned college texts

Jan 25, 2016
Neil A. Campbell, a botanist and educator formerly associated with Cornell's Department of Plant Biology, is best known for the textbook "Biology", used by biology majors nationwide and first published in 1987. Collecting more than a million syllabuses from university websites, the Open Syllabus Project has determined that Campbell's "Biology" ranks at #4, leading all other major textbooks. "Elements of Style" written by Cornellians William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White ranks #1. Read more

CALS research key to New York farming growth

Jan 21, 2016
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Kathryn Boor spoke of CALS' partnership with agricultural producers from across New York state Jan. 19 at the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo. Read more