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
Ariel Chan, a graduate student at Cornell University, discusses how advances in plant breeding and genetics are essential to secure the world's food supply in the face of growing human population and climate change. This video was created for the National Science Foundation's Create the Future Video Contest. Permission to use this video provided by NSF and Ariel Chan. Read more
Try a New Breed
Butternut, meet the Honeynut. With twice the flavor and nutrients at half the size, this new squash variety, developed by Cornell plant breeder Michael Mazourek with help from Barber himself, is not only adorable, it’s the future of produce. Read more
Barber spoke of the process with researcher Michael Mazourek during Season 1 Episode 2 of Chef’s Table on Netflix (at the 39-minute mark), where he visited the Vegetable Research Farm at at Cornell University. Read more
by Tamara Scully
Cereal grains are no longer regulated to commodity grain markets or cover crop use. Instead, they are in demand by the growing population of craft maltsters and brewers, and are fueling the growth of this rapidly emerging market. Read more
AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center joined with the Tropical Vegetable Research Center (TVRC) to present a variety of global and traditional vegetables in a quiet garden near the central lake, offering an oasis of tranquility for visitors amid the hustle and bustle of the stands. With benches to rest on, visitors could contemplate the thriving crops while sipping hot tea made from traditional vegetables provided by James Keach, an intern to TVRC from Cornell University. Read more
One plant variety leading the way in this movement is a series of mini-butternut squash developed by Cornell University researcher, Michael Mazourek. He began the project as part of a $2.5 million Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) grant awarded to Oregon State University, which resulted in a national network of organic plant breeders, the Northern Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC). The grant is funded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Read more
While many students and faculty take a short breather over spring break, Mark Sorrells – professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science – is spending his vacation traveling to Thailand and teaching a one-week workshop at Kasetsart University. Read more