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Faculty affiliated with the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) are located primarily at the Ithaca and Geneva campuses of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Cornell University, with those in the Sections of Horticulture and Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology being distributed across both campuses and additionally at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center.  Graduate students pursue research in faculty programs on both the Ithaca and Geneva campuses, seminars on either campus are simulcast to the other, and travel between the campuses is frequent.

Ithaca campus

The main campus of Cornell University is located in Ithaca New York. Founded in 1865 as an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study", Cornell is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed Ivy League university, and a partner of the State University of New York.

Geneva campus

(the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station)
NYSAES was established in Geneva New York by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1880, “for the purpose of promoting agriculture in its various branches by scientific investigation and experiment.” Originally an independent state institution, the Station became part of Cornell University in 1923.

Ithaca is at the south end of Cayuga Lake and Geneva is a scenic 45 miles north at the top of Seneca Lake.  View larger map

Many SIPS faculty are members of one or more graduate fields (both in and outside of the plant sciences), which fosters dynamic and interdisciplinary mentoring of graduate students.

Faculty partnered with SIPS are also affiliated with the following institutions and programs:

USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resource Unit and Grape Genetics Resource Unit in Geneva

The mission of the Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PGRU) is to acquire, maintain, characterize, and distribute plant genetic resources of selected fruit and vegetable crops and develop new precocious and productive apple rootstocks resistant to pests, diseases, and environmental stresses.

USDA-ARS Robert W. Holley Center in Ithaca

The Robert W. Holley Center consists of two Research Units: Plant, Soil, and Nutrition and Emerging Pests and Pathogens. A unifying theme for the Center is the synthesis and integration of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, and microbiology as well as in bioinformatics/computational biology to understand both complex plant traits and microbial processes important for agricultural and environmental stewardship.

The Boyce Thompson Institute

Located in Ithaca NY, BTI is an independent research institute devoted to using plant sciences to improve agriculture, protect the environment, and enhance human health. BTI is located on the campus of Cornell University and is fully integrated in the research infrastructure of the University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

With a presence in every county and New York City as well as regional programs, CCE puts research into practice by providing high-value educational programs and university-based resources that help solve real-life problems. See also SIPS Extension and Outreach.

nysipm program logoNew York State Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM)

Develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks. Working with farms and communities across New York to help reduce pesticide inputs while sustaining crop yields and protecting green industries, our faculty are located primarily in Geneva, as well as in Ithaca and Extension offices around the state. 

Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory

Houses the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, which consists of Extension educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects that impact yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies in the Lake Erie region.

Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley growing region, the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory in Highland, New York, is a critical resource for this major production area for pome fruits and vegetables in Ulster County.


The Chemical Ecology Group (involving several Cornell academic units).

The Cornell Chemical Ecology Group is committed to the enhancement of research and education on the mechanistic bases of ecological interactions. CCEG provides support for various activities, such as shared analytical equipment, journal clubs, various classes, workshops, and seminars, and an annual symposium.