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Algal genome provides insights into first land plants

May 22, 2020

Cornell researchers have sequenced and analyzed the genome of a single-celled alga that belongs to the closest lineage to terrestrial plants and provides many clues to how aquatic plants first colonized land.

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Meet our faculty: Kaitlin (Katie) Gold

May 22, 2020

Katie Gold, assistant professor, plant pathology and plant-microbe biology section of the School of Integrative Plant Science studies how proximal and remote sensing can be used to make earlier, faster, and more accurate grape disease detection and management decisions.

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Hands-On Horticulture one of six featured virtual learning experiences

May 22, 2020

Spring 2020 was a semester like no other. Over the course of a few weeks, thousands of classes – lectures and seminars, laboratory and performance courses, capstone projects and veterinary clinics – transitioned entirely online. For classes such as Hands-on Horticulture, this can create a unique challenge

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Plant Sciences student receives SUNY Chancellor's Award

Apr 17, 2020

Rosemary Glos, plant sciences major minoring in botanical illustration, has been awarded a 2020 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Her family operates a small organic farm in Berkshire, New York and her studies concentrate on plant evolution and systematics. A research assistant in Cornell Climate Resilient Farming Systems, Glos received an Engaged Opportunity grant for fieldwork and independent outreach in the Surinamese rainforest. 


Scheldorf, Brown, and Kumar awarded Arthur Boller Research Funding

Apr 13, 2020

Congratulations to Kate Brown, Shanthanu Krishna Kumar, and Andrew Scheldorf, recipients of research funds from the Arthur Boller Research Fund.  The fund supports research on apples and cherries with the primary intent of fostering research on these commodities and increasing involvement of students in research.

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Spending time in nature reduces stress, research finds

Feb 26, 2020

New research from an SIPS faculty member Don Rakow and Cornell co-authors has found that as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical and mental stress.

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Heroic efforts make “Snowcruitment 2020” a success

Feb 12, 2020

Recruitment events for the five SIPS graduate fields were underway when Winter Storm Kade arrived Feb 7, bringing up to 13 inches of ice and snow to Ithaca. Thanks to the heroic efforts of many, alternative arrangements were made and prospective students departed, impressed by the can-do spirit and enthusiastic attitudes of SIPS students, staff and faculty.

Onion growers have new tool versus fungicide-resistant disease

Feb 6, 2020

Five years ago, New York State onion growers started reporting large incidents of premature leaf death in their fields. It affected nearly 75% of growers’ crops and put a dent in the state’s onion industry.  SIPS researchers Sarah Pethybridge and Frank Hay have identified the culprit as Stemphylium leaf blight (SLB), a relatively new and increasingly devastating disease.

Expert panel on innovating food value chains convenes at Cornell

Feb 6, 2020

Cornell Atkinson Center food security working group, in collaboration with the journal Nature Sustainability is convening a year long expert panel on ‘Innovations to build sustainable, equitable, inclusive food value chains.’ SIPS affiliated faculty Rebecca Nelson and Ed Buckler are among the 22 recognized experts from around the world who will identify scientific, institutional, behavioral, policy, and other obstacles to be overcome.

Lost in translation: Organic matter cuts plant-microbe links

Jan 30, 2020

Johannes Lehmann's program together with soil scientists at Rice University have dug around and found that although adding carbon organic matter to agricultural fields is usually advantageous, it may muddle the beneficial underground communication between legume plants and microorganisms.

Genetics, not field conditions, makes hemp ‘go hot’

Jan 30, 2020

As the hemp industry grows, producers face the challenge of cultivating a crop that can become unusable – and illegal – if it develops too much of the psychoactive chemical THC.  Cornell researchers have determined that a hemp plant’s propensity to become too high in THC is determined by genetics, not as a stress response to growing conditions.

Cornell Orchards Store to close Jan. 31

Jan 30, 2020

The Cornell Orchards Store – long a retail outlet for the university’s apples, fresh cider and other fruit grown at the Cornell Orchards, will close Jan. 31. No pause in apple sales to wholesalers is expected and options are being explored for limited seasonal retail apple sales to begin after harvest this year.

Genetic marker discovery could ease plant breeders’ work

Jan 30, 2020

A team of grapevine breeders, geneticists and bioinformatic specialists at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has come up with a powerful new method to transfer genetic markers across species  to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins.

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Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker

Jan 17, 2020

For those whose livelihoods depend on tomatoes, the pathogen Clavibacter michiganensis is economically devastating. Recent research from the program of Chris Smart, SIPS faculty member and director, shows that wild tomato varieties are less affected by bacterial canker than traditionally cultivated varieties.

Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health

Dec 20, 2019

Prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields, according to Cornell research published Nov. 13 in the journal Agricultural Systems.

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Coffman among 5 Cornell AAAS Fellows

Nov 27, 2019

Five Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), including Ronnie Coffman, the Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor and director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

SIPS researcher balances plants and biomedical research

Nov 25, 2019

Maureen Hanson, SIPS plant biologist with a long record of ground-breaking research on photosynthesis, has more recently begun investigation of myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Hanson founded the Cornell Center for Enervating NeuroImmune Disease, dedicated to promoting research on ME/CFS.

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Meet our faculty: Clare Casteel

Nov 6, 2019

Clare Casteel joined the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology section of the School of Integrative Plant Science as an associate professor in 2019.

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Meet our faculty: Lynn M. Sosnoskie

Nov 6, 2019

Lynn M. Sosnoskie, joined the Horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science in 2019 as an assistant professor of weed ecology and management for speciality crop systems. 

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CCE podcast profiles Cornell Farms Ops’ work with veterans

Nov 4, 2019

In a special Veterans Day episode of CCE’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast, hosts Katie Baildon and Paul Treadwell speak with project coordinator Dean Koyanagi ‘90 on the scope of the Farm Ops project across New York state.

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Bailee Hopkins-Hensley is connecting people to plants

Oct 22, 2019

Bailee Hopkins-Hensley ’18, MPS ’19, is passionate about exploring the connections that humans have to plants – especially the connections that indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them.

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Eastern Broccoli Project on track to meet $100M goal

Oct 17, 2019

The Eastern Broccoli Project began in 2010 with the goal of growing a $100 million broccoli industry in the Eastern U.S. in 10 years. With two remaining years of funding, Cornell researchers say they are on schedule to meet their goal.

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Grow-NY Summit to feature food, ag innovations

Oct 10, 2019

Biodegradable plastics, drone-powered pollination and revolutionary indoor farming techniques are just a few of the innovations that will be on display at the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, Nov. 12-13 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.