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.
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, working across disciplines to ensure women farmers and scientists are fairly represented in the lab, in the field and at the table.
Congratulations to the 36 graduate students and 58 undergraduates recognized by SIPS as part of the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies. Graduates included nine PhD students and one MS student in the Field of Plant Breeding in addition to undergraduates advised and mentored in the Section.
Mike Gore, Ph.D. '09, professor of plant breeding and genetics, is working on a more efficient way to develop crops that produce higher yields and better nutrition profiles as the world's population grows.
Thirty early-career plant scientists from 15 institutions across the U.S. honed their science communication skills in a course conducted by the Cornell Alliance for Science and supported in part by the SIPS Plant Breeding Section. Several SIPS graduate students participated.
New technology is changing the game for plant breeders. Before long, drones could become like farmworkers, scouting crops for disease and helping farmers react with the right fungicide or pesticide, before an outbreak of disease spreads out of control.
Susan McCouch, professor in the SIPS Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, talked with Ken Folta for his podcast, providing an overview of rice evolution, cultivation, and issues related to breeding rice for higher nutrient content. Talking Biotech, hosted by Folta and Cornell alumnus Paul Vincelli, seeks to explain new tools for improvement of food security and agricultural and medical practices.
Speaking with the Borlaug Blog, Plant Breeding & Genetics Section's Ronnie Coffman reflected on his experience as Borlaug's only PhD student and the ongoing initiatives that are enhancing wheat productivity in the face of diverse biotic and abiotic stresses.
SIPS researchers Bergstrom and Sorrells are leading a multiyear project aimed at bringing malting barley back to New York and helping farmers take advantage of the economic opportunities offered by the crop.
Cornell scientists and colleagues from other institutions combined different types of genetic association analyses to identify 14 genes across the genome that were involved in the synthesis of vitamin E.
Zhangjun Fei (BTI and SIPS Plant Pathology Section) and Jeff Doyle (Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Biology Sections) are co-authors of a paper comparing the genome sequences of pumpkin species Cucurbitamaxima and Cucurbitamoschata. The study provides insights into polyploid genome evolution and valuable resources for genetic improvement of cucurbit crops.
Kelly Robbins is an assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Breeding and Genetics Section. He is currently collaborating with multiple international agricultural research institutions to develop advanced statistical models and computational tools to utilize genomic information and improve the efficiency of breeding programs in Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia.