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Discovery that connects:

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


SIPS was launched by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in June 2014 to provide a unifying framework for five Sections (formerly Departments) with interrelated activities in the plant sciences at Cornell: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The Sections are associated with distinct disciplines, graduate fields, and knowledge bases, but are increasingly connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists.




The SIPS community envisions fundamental insights as the foundation for achieving better plants, sustainably grown, serving the world.

  • New insights into plant cellular systems, plant interactions with emerging pests and pathogens, stresses of a changing climate, and human nutritional needs will produce a growing queue for useful plant improvements.
  • Novel and precision agriculture methods can dramatically alter agroecosystems in favor of environmental sustainability and prolonged productivity.
  • All of these advances have the potential to improve economic activity and human health and well-being locally and around the world.

An operating principle of the School is to maximize information flow in all directions across the broad activities that start with fundamental insights and culminate in service to the world.