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From fundamental insights to better plants, sustainably grown, serving the world


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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New genomic insights reveal a surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road

Aug 15, 2017
In collaboration with Shandong Agricultural University in China and Cornell scientists, the Fei research group at Boyce Thompson Institute has sequenced and compared genomes of 117 apple accessions. The resulting analysis, published this week in Nature Communications, reveals surprising insights into the genetic exchange that brought us today’s modern, domesticated apple, Malus domestica. Read more

Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture

If you missed the June 10 Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture Genomics and the Future of Agriculture, featuring  SIPS faculty members Susan McCouchGreg Martin, and Jim Giovannoni, it's available online.

Read more about the event on Discovery that Connects, the SIPS blog.

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.