Professor Olena Vatamaniuk and postdoc Ju-Chen Chia image rice plants at Cornell's High-Energy Synchrotron Source

Celeste Marie Falcon - Plant Sciences major with a concentration in plant breeding and genetics

Musgrave Farm Field Day

Greenhouses near Plant Science

Estimate Disease app developed by Sarah Pethybridge


Discovery that Connects

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.

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.

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.


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Cassava is Genetically Decaying, Putting Staple Crop at Risk

A team at Cornell used genomic analysis of cassava varieties and wild relatives to reveal that mutations have corroded the cassava genome, producing many dysfunctional versions of genes and putting at risk a crop crucial to the survival of one-tenth of the world’s population. Read more

Mattson and Whitlow discuss urban agriculture in PeriodiCALS

Neil Mattson and Tom whitlow of SIPS Section fo Horticulture have set their sights on such urban innovations. With varied areas of focus, from climate change to food and social injustice to human health, they and other CALS faculty agree that challenges related to these issues can be traced to the severe lack of space in increasingly population-dense cities. Read more