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.
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.
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
A Cornell research team led by Michael Scanlon, professor of plant biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Integrative Plant Science, will use funding from the National Science Foundation to continue his studies of maize, the world’s largest staple crop.
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.
Cornell Orchards has long been known for its generosity in supporting the local community. So when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, leaving many students without regular access to meals, the orchards’ staff saw an opportunity to pitch in.
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.
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.
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.
Developed by Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of horticulture at Cornell Agritech, a new, flavorful and highly productive cherry tomato – that ripens green – promises to be the envy of tomato growers this spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agricultural land in China is scarce with farmers feeding 18.5% of the world’s population on 7% of the world’s arable land. SIPS faculty member Harold van Es and co-PIs have been funded by Atkinson and The Nature Conservancy to adapt and develop the Cornell Soil Health Assessment Framework, identify soil constraints, establish management solutions, and create educational and policy initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.