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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 to help secure a sustainable future for coming generations.

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Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker

Jan 17, 2020

For those whose livelihoods depend on tomatoes, the pathogen Clavibacter michiganensis is economically devastating. Recent research from the program of Chris Smart, SIPS faculty member and director, shows that wild tomato varieties are less affected by bacterial canker than traditionally cultivated varieties.

Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health

Dec 20, 2019

Prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields, according to Cornell research published Nov. 13 in the journal Agricultural Systems.

Victoria lily flowers in the new Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory

The Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) in the water garden of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory has been flowering profusely since the Labor Day Holiday weekend. We were able to catch its first spectacular two-day flowering in the Conservatory in this time-lapse video. Learn more about this fascinating plant.