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Science-based solutions for a changing 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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Gandolfo-Nixon on Secrets of an Extinct Landscape

Jul 15, 2019

Research in the Gandolfo-Nixon lab on the origin of Southern Hemisphere floras has raised major discussions about where certain families of plants originated and how changing climate patterns have facilitated their dispersal.  As more fossils from the underexplored Southern Hemisphere are discovered, new species and lineages are described, and pre-existing species are redefined, scientists begin to understand more completely the evolutionary processes registered in the fossil record.

South Asian scientists trained on ‘art and science’ of wheat rust research

Jul 15, 2019

More than a dozen young scientists from four countries gathered March 5-10 in northern India for the seventh biannual South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Wheat Rust Surveillance and Monitoring workshop. Supported by the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat (DGGW) project based at Cornell, the workshop provided training and introduced young scientists working in wheat breeding and rust pathology to a global network of researchers.

CALS signs new admissions agreement with Binghamton University

Jul 10, 2019

The Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has entered into an articulation agreement with the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that will allow students in the plant sciences major to transfer into Binghamton’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program after three years of undergraduate study.

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.