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
“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
More than 200 farmers, representatives from Cornell's Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project and the Nepal government gathered for the inauguration of the Seed Systems for Nepal initiative Jan. 23. Read more
A new study analyzed close to 4,500 maize varieties bred and grown by farmers from 35 countries in the Americas to identify more than 1,000 genes driving large-scale adaptation to the environment. Read more
Cornell will receive $10.5 million in aid from the U.K. to help an international consortium of plant breeders, pathologists and surveillance experts fight diseases hindering global food security. Read more
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.
A $1.2M state grant announced Oct. 14 will update facilities at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as Cornell ramps up efforts to eradicate the golden nematode, which strikes potato crops. Read more
Margaret Mangheni of Makerere University in Uganda and Hale Tufan, Cornell adjunct professor, will lead a training course on “Gender Responsive Root, Tuber, and Banana Breeding,” September 12-21, in Kampala, Uganda. Read more
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.
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