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.
Bram Govaerts, director of the Integrated Development Program and regional representative for the Americas at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), has been appointed as a Cornell Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large in recognition of his contribution to sustainable agri-food systems in Mexico and globally.
Larry Smart, professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, recently joined Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast series to discuss industrial hemp production in New York state.
Meeting the growing challenges of food security and environmental stewardship will require plant scientists capable of working across disciplines and broadly trained in skills for collaborative project development. The recently announced NSF Research Traineeship for Digital Plant Science (NRT DPS) addresses these needs and brings an exciting new dimension to the training of Cornell plant scientists.
SIPS is excited to welcome its newest assistant professor, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie. Lynn most recently served as the Agronomy and Weed Science Advisor with the University of California, ANR and will be filling the position of Weed Ecology and Management for Specialty Crops in Horticulture at Cornell AgriTech.
Three collaborative New York City-based projects, designed to inspire cross-campus research partnerships, have been awarded grant funding totaling approximately $500,000 from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. One of these, Agriculture in the City: Growing Healthy Soils for Healthy Communities, will be conducted by a team led by Jenny Kao-Kniffin and Jonathan Russell-Anelli.
Michael Rosato, a doctoral student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, is evaluating the soil sulfur levels on vegetable farms across New York State and conducting sulfur fertilizer trails that have economically important crops for growers.
The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community engagement into majors and minors across the university.
Hale Ann Tufan, of SIPS and IP-CALS, is the 2019 Recipient of the Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. She is recognized for championing the incorporation of gender-supportive activities within the global agricultural research community.
Cornell has the only comprehensive berry team in the Northeast, combining expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management for the benefit of New York state's $20 million berry industry.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Aug. 2 announced $500,000 in funding for the USDA establish the first industrial hemp seed bank in the U.S., co-located at Cornell AgriTech, which will be used to breed and study new hemp cultivars.
The new Golden Nematode Quarantine Facility will support scientists' cutting-edge research in the fight against nematodes - microscopic worms that threaten New York State's $54 million potato industry.
Tim Martinson, SIPS senior extension associate and statewide viticultural extension resource person, received the Outstanding Achievement Award on July 16. In addition to his extension responsibilities, Martinson serves as the outreach coordinator for the VitisGen 2 Project and is also a member of the National Clean Plant Network’s outreach committee.
On July 22, Susan Brown, head of Cornell’s apple breeding program and the Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Science, was named a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) for her outstanding contributions to horticulture through her research, teaching, extension work and leadership in the horticulture industry.
Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that compounds from microscopic soil roundworms could achieve this aim.
Ronnie Coffman, director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, addressed the International Wheat Congress July 23 in Canada, urging renewed commitment to germplasm exchange.
Cornell and the Atkinson Center helped organize a workshop, “Helping NYS address its climate goals through thermochemical conversion,” on July 16 to develop opportunities for New York to meet its climate goals.
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.
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.
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.
Cornell and University of Illinois researchers have engineered plants capable of making proteins not native to the plant itself, which opens the door for cheaply making proteins for industrial and medical uses.
The White House has recognized four Cornell faculty including SIPS Associate Professor Jenny Kao-Kniffin – with prestigious 2019 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the federal government to scientific and engineering professionals who are in first stages of their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership.
The 2019 Cornell Agritech Research Symposium featured keynote speaker James Livengood of Radicle Farm Co. and AgriTech graduate students, reporting on the many contributions they are making to agriculture in New York State and beyond.
David Wolfe, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago.
A study co-authored by SIPS faculty Alejandra Gandolfo and Kevin Nixon reveals that one of the world's most important plant families has a history extending much farther south than any live or fossil specimen previously recorded.