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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.

CCE podcast helps navigate industrial hemp issues

Sep 16, 2019

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.

‘Corpse flower’ poised to make another big stink

Sep 11, 2019

Carolus, one of Cornell’s two giant Titan arum plants, also known as “corpse flowers,” is getting ready to once again unleash its fetid odor in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory on Tower Road.

Digital Plant Science training grant to implement new model for cross-disciplinary education

Sep 6, 2019

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 welcomes Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in Horticulture

Sep 4, 2019

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.

Michael Rosato: Creating a more sustainable and affordable future for New York growers

Aug 23, 2019

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. 

Tufan receives Borlaug Award for Field Research

Aug 14, 2019

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 team fights invasive pest, supports NY berry industry

Aug 8, 2019

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. 

Schumer announces funding for hemp seed bank at Cornell

Aug 5, 2019

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. 

Martinson receives Outstanding Achievement Award from ASEV-Eastern Section

Jul 30, 2019

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.

Worm pheromones protect major crops, BTI scientists find

Jul 25, 2019

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.

Gandolfo-Nixon on Secrets of an Extinct Landscape

Jul 15, 2019

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.

South Asian scientists trained on ‘art and science’ of wheat rust research

Jul 15, 2019

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.

CALS signs new admissions agreement with Binghamton University

Jul 10, 2019

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.

Kao-Kniffin one of four Cornell recipients of White House early career awards

Jul 7, 2019

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.

Wolfe offers ag fixes to ‘complex, severe’ climate change

Jun 14, 2019

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.