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Cassava is Genetically Decaying, Putting Staple Crop at Risk

Apr 27, 2017
A team at Cornell used genomic analysis of cassava varieties and wild relatives to reveal that mutations have corroded the cassava genome, producing many dysfunctional versions of genes and putting at risk a crop crucial to the survival of one-tenth of the world’s population. Read more

The secret to a really crisp apple

Mar 6, 2017
“When apples are mealy, the cells split apart from each other when you bite into the fruit, whereas with crisp fruits the cells rupture and release juice,” said Susan Brown, an expert in apple breeding at Cornell University who has helped develop several varieties. Read more

Coffman Named Tisch Distinguished University Professor

Dec 6, 2016
Ronnie Coffman, International Professor of Plant Breeding at Cornell and director of International Programs (IP-CALS), has been named the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor at Cornell. It is the university’s highest distinction awarded to a faculty member.

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Dr. Steve Tanksley win the Japan Prize

May 4, 2016
Steven D. Tanksley, a molecular geneticist who pioneered concepts essential to modern plant breeding while a professor at Cornell University, has won the prestigious Japan Prize. The award recognizes his development of molecular genetic analysis and contribution to the stable production of food crops.  

To see more on the life of Steven D. Tankley, please see his Japan Prize biography.   Read more

Michael Gore receives MGEC 2016 Early Career Maize Genetics Research Award

May 4, 2016
The MGEC is pleased to present the 2016 Early Career Maize Genetics Research award to Dr. Michael Gore. Dr. Gore received a BS and MS from Virginia Tech and performed his PhD research with Dr. Ed Buckler at Cornell University. Dr. Gore began his independent research career at the USDA Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa AZ 2009-2013 and then moved to the Plant Breeding and Genetics program at Cornell University as an Associate Professor in 2013. Dr. Gore has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of diversity and quantitative trait analysis in maize. He has a research program on basic and applied aspects of provitamin A carotenoid and vitamin E content in maize grain and is very active in the development and application of field-based plant phenotyping systems. He has received the National Association of Plant Breeders Early Career Scientist award in 2012 and the American Society of Plant Biologists Early Career award in 2013. Read more