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Urban Eden students plant Tower Road bioswale

Planting Tower Rd bioswale
Sep 18, 2014
Students planted more than 1,000 feet of beds along Tower Road from Plant Science Building to Stocking Hall with nearly 1,000 woody shrubs in bioswale designed to reduce runoff and increase groundwater recharge. Read more

Cornell Extension director sees challenges ahead

Chris Watkins
Aug 23, 2014
In February, Chris Watkins became CCE’s new director, overseeing the extension’s 57 offices across the state. Watkins recently spoke with The Ithaca Journal about his role at CCE, the challenges of coordinating efforts for so many diverse regions, and how research-driven outreach has changed over the years. Read more

Genetics used to improve plants for bioenergy

Aug 21, 2014
A genetics investigation into the symbiosis between soil fungi and plants for bioenergy production could lead to more efficient uptake of nutrients, which would help limit the need for fertilizers. Read more

Poetry's evolutionary niche at Cornell Plantations

Aug 19, 2014
Poet Joanie Mackowski will present, “You're the Bee's Kinesis: Poetry and Coevolution,” as part of the Cornell Plantations’ William and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium. Read more

CALS invests in ‘greener’ greenhouses

greenhouse workshop
Aug 18, 2014
CALS is about to become a whole lot “greener” thanks to a major greenhouse renovation scheme now underway at both the Ithaca and Geneva campuses that along with new 'lean' management will save money and reduce the greenhouses' carbon footprint. Read more

More than 100 attend Floriculture Field Day

viewing bed
Aug 8, 2014
 Greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others from around the state enjoyed morning presentations on campus followed by afternoon walkabouts on flower trials and pests and diseases at the Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Facility. Read more

Field day offers insight into hops industry

Jul 28, 2014
Brewery owners, farmers and home brewers gathered at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., July 12 to see its new hop yard and hear advice about growing hops from experts and peers alike. Read more

Rebuilding NYSAES for generations to come!

nysaes greenhouses
Jul 2, 2014
Demolition began this week on the Old Range Greenhouses, as contractors continue with the $4.7 million greenhouse renovation. The multi-year state-funded project will result replace 21,000 square feet of greenhouses originally built from the mid-50s to the early 70s.  Read more

Tasty tomatoes

tasty tomatoes
Jun 11, 2014
NPR’s Salt blog wondered whether tomatoes grown in greenhouses are just as tasty as those outdoors. And they turned to CALS horticulturist Neil Mattson for answers. Read more

Irish potato famine pathogen originated in Mexico

Jun 2, 2014
Settling a long-established debate over the origin of Phytophthora infestans – the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine in the 1840s – plant scientists now conclude from genetic analyses that it came from Central Mexico and not the Andes. Read more

Art work celebrates graduation, thanks friends

Paya and art installation
May 19, 2014
A horticulture grad student has created a work of art along Tower Rd. to celebrate commencement and say thank you to the friends, family and fellow students who helped him through his time at Cornell. Read more

CALS students aim to stem plastic tides

Celine and Christian
May 14, 2014
Plant Sciences major Céline Jennison ’14 and CALS Interdisciplinary Studies major Christian Shaw ‘14 will travel to Bermuda for a ten-day, muscle-powered, stand-up paddle expedition to raise awareness about coastal plastic pollution. Read more

David Wolfe on National Climate Assessment

David Wolfe
May 6, 2014
Climate change is no longer a distant threat, but a real and present danger, according to a government report issued Tuesday. This report, said  David Wolfe, coauthor of the chapter on the Northeast, signals that the country is "beginning to move beyond the debate about whether climate change is real or not, and really getting down to rolling up our sleeves" and addressing it. Read more

Juneberries gain popularity with Northeast farmers

May 5, 2014
Associated Press: If you like the taste of cherries, raisins and almonds all in one, try juneberries. They're less fussy about soil than blueberries, very tolerant to the cold and require less pesticide than apples and grapes says Cornell Cooperative Extension's Jim Ochterski.  Read more

Libe Slope features living art display

Apr 24, 2014
Recent transfer student and horticulture enthusiast Justin Kondrat ’14 has led a project with the help of nearly 100 Cornellians to plant some 50,000 blooming flowers that spell out the word “rooted” in 10-foot letters on Libe Slope; the display will glow nightly until May 1. Read more

Dr. Watkins Goes to Washington

Chris Watkins and others with Congressman Bill Owens, D-NY 21st District
Apr 16, 2014
Last week, new Cornell Cooperative Extension Director Chris Watkins led a group of extension volunteers, CCE executive directors, and 4-H and agricultural issue leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C.  Read more

Small Farm Summit postponed to March 24

small farm summit locations
Mar 12, 2014
Due to heavy snow and freezing rain forecast across upstate New York, the 2014 NY Small Farms Summit, Beyond Direct Marketing: Exploring New Ways to Sell, is rescheduled for March 24th. Read more

Greenhouse Open House March 18

Ornithogalum research at KPL
Mar 12, 2014
Free, informal open house from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cornell campus to highlight some of the research being conducted at the Ken Post Lab Greenhouses and East Ithaca high tunnel facility. Read more

Seeley Summit back after 2-year hiatus

Mar 11, 2014
Floriculture leaders will gather June 22-24 in Lisle, IL (outside Chicago) to consider how water scarcity will affect their industry’s entire supply chain — including growers, retailers, landscapers, and consumers. Read more

Reiners assumes associate chair

Mar 6, 2014
Associate professor Steve Reiners is now associate chair of the Department of Horticulture, replacing Susan Brown, who last July assumed the position of associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva. Read more

Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

Mar 4, 2014
The combination of natural enemies, such as ladybeetles, with Bt crops, delays a pest’s ability to evolve resistance to the crops' insecticidal proteins, according to new research. Read more

Indoor urban farms called wasteful, 'pie in the sky'

Feb 19, 2014
Department seminar speaker warns that “high in the sky” projects intended to reduce food miles and rejuvenate communities may prove to be “pie in the sky” concepts with detrimental impacts on the environment. Read more

Horticulture project is a 'work of tart'

Feb 19, 2014
Horticulture assistant professor Kenong Xu Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva has a new grant to better to understand a key gene in acid production and deliver reliable tools to predict the acid-producing potential of tiny apple seedlings. Read more

Cold snap could harm Finger Lakes grapevines

Justine Vanden Heuvel
Feb 12, 2014
"We’re anticipating considerable damage in our Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay and Lemberger,” says Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor, Department of Horticulture. Read more

Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

Feb 10, 2014
The combination of natural enemies, such as ladybeetles, with Bt crops, delays a pest’s ability to evolve resistance to the crops' insecticidal proteins, according to new research. Read more

Bob Sweet, 1915-2014

Feb 4, 2014
The emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Vegetable Crops (a precursor to the Department of Horticulture) “was among the first generation of weed scientists and a giant in vegetable crops at Cornell after World War II." Read more

'Silver Slicer' a top new vegetable

Feb 3, 2014
The cucumber, Michael Mazourek with the help of farmer Michael Glos, was recently named by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the top new edible plants of 2014. Read more

Undergrad opportunities at Dilmun Hill

Jan 31, 2014
Cornell’s student-managed farm, is looking for undergraduate students to fill student researcher and market garden manager positions. Application deadline is February 12. Read more

Cornell Small Farms Program internship

Cornell Small Farms Program logo
Jan 15, 2014
Requires strong communication skills and enthusiasm for New York small farms. Responsibilities include writing farmer profiles and helping to manage website, social media and other communications. Read more

Cornell Orchards internships

Working at Cornell Orchards
Jan 14, 2014
If you’re a Cornell student with an interest in fruit crop production and physiology, a new internship program at Cornell Orchards could be a great career stepping stone. Read more

Cuomo Nominates Richard Ball to head Ag and Markets

Richard Ball
Jan 10, 2014
Ball owns and operates Schoharie Valley Farms where he and his family grow vegetables, small fruits and greenhouse crops on 200 acres for both retail and wholesale customers locally and in the New York City area. Read more

'Scary dancers' chase birds from fruit

Dec 4, 2013
Those large, inflatable plastic characters that loom over used car lots have a new purpose: scaring away birds that cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. orchards and vineyards. Read more

RubyFrost And SnapDragon Getting Closer To Market

Susan Brown
Nov 22, 2013
 “It can take four years from planting seedling to having fruit. In the case of SnapDragon, as soon as we tasted the fruit, we decided to fast-track it and put it in test orchards at Cornell and on commercial farms," Susan Brown tells Growing Produce magazine. Read more

CCE Director Helene Dillard named dean at UC Davis

Helene Dillard
Nov 20, 2013
Helene Dillard, director of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), will become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at her graduate alma mater, the University of California, Davis, Jan. 27. Read more

New course: Coffee, Cloves and Chocolate

Coffee, Cloves, and Chocolate poster
Oct 29, 2013
Examines a botanical treasure-trove of important culinary, medicinal, industrial, and ornamental crops over time. Discover the critical roles plants have played throughout history—from saving lives, to enslaving multitudes, to pitting nation against nation. Read more

New micro water sensor can aid growers

Vinay Pagay with chip
Oct 10, 2013
Alan Lakso and Vinay Pagay are working to develop and test a low-cost, fingertip-sized "lab on a chip" that measure moisture in soil or even be embedded directly into plants. Read more

Family Field Day attracts more than 120

Sep 10, 2013
Sessions focused on techniques home gardeners can use – such as cover crops, mulches and hand tools to control weeds, seed saving, and trickle irrigation and more. Read more

Farmers who donate to food banks can reap cash

Sep 6, 2013
New York growers who donate produce to food banks as part of the “Glean NY” initiative will be reimbursed for the cost of harvesting, thanks to a partnership that includes Cornell's College of Agriculture and Sciences. Read more

‘Fountain of youth’ for leaves discovered

Susheng Gan
Aug 22, 2013
What plant scientists call senescence, consumers experience as wilted produce and overripe fruit. A team led by Cornell horticulture professor Su-Sheng Gan has identified an enzymatic fountain of youth that slows the process of leaf death, a discovery that lays the foundation for the genetics of freshness. In a series of experiments using the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, Gan and colleagues discovered a key regulator – S3H – that acts as a brake on the process of leaf death. When its levels are low, leaves senesce early; when it is present in high levels, it results in longer leaf longevity. Read more

Gardening in a Warmer World Conference October 4-5

vegetable harvest
Aug 21, 2013
This gathering of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, volunteers and key partners will provide in-depth information on climate change impacts on gardening and adaptive and innovative methods to help meet this challenge. Sessions will be presented in a variety of formats to ensure participants’ time at the conference will benefit both themselves and their communities in positive and productive ways. Read more

Accolades earn Lamb ‘Excellence in IPM’ award

Betsy Lamb
Aug 15, 2013
“Impressive.” “The best workshop I’ve ever been to.” “She was committed to my success every step of the way.” Accolades like these have earned Elizabeth Lamb the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program’s (NYS IPM) Excellence in IPM award. This award honors people who make outstanding contributions to preventive and least-toxic tactics for dealing with pests. Read more

100 attend Floriculture Field Day

Touring annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane
Aug 14, 2013
About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13. The day started on campus with presentations on the latest show-stopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew. Read more

New course: Arboriculture – applied tree care

arboriculture course
Aug 6, 2013
This course (new for Fall 2013) will prepare you to take International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) certification exam. You’ll get hands-on experience with: Tree establishment Assessing plant health Worker safety Pruning techniques Urban forestry Read more

SnapDragon and RubyFrost are new apple varieties

New apples from Cornell
Aug 4, 2013
GENEVA, N.Y. — Cornell has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1 and NY2. The new names were revealed Aug. 1 by Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the NYAG board of directors, at a field day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, where Cornell breeder Susan Brown developed the varieties. “SnapDragon is a great name for this apple because consumers found its crispy texture and sweet flavor so appealing,” said Mark Russell, an apple grower and NYAG member. He anticipates it will be a popular apple for snacking, especially for children. Read more

Pineapple lily could help N.Y. nursery industry bloom

Chris Wien
Jul 26, 2013
With its long, speckled stalks, vibrant flowers and long vase life, the pineapple lily appeals to those who appreciate brash, beautiful blooms. It could also provide new opportunities for Northeast nurseries, according to Cornell horticulturists who would like to see the South African native take root in upstate New York. Chris Wien, professor of horticulture, experiments with cut flowers to determine which varieties hold the most promise for the state’s $6.3 billion nursery industry, and he believes he’s found a winner in Eucomis. Read more

Mother Jones: Monsanto. Broccoli. I Love This. Really!

Thomas Bjorkman
Jul 25, 2013
[Mother Jones 2013/07/17] – Thomas Bjorkman explains that partners in the Eastern Broccoli Project include relatively small players like Maine-based Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a purveyor widely used by small- and mid-size farmers, as well as seed giants like Monsanto. “Our goal is to get seeds of better-adapted broccoli varieties out to Eastern growers so that they can grow more local broccoli,” he says. And working with private players with established distribution networks is the fastest way to do that, he added. S Read more

Bridgen named Fulbright Scholar

Jul 24, 2013
His cut flower cultivar creations have brightened many homes and gardens, and now a prestigious grant will allow horticulture professor Mark Bridgen to spend a semester studying Alstroemeria flowers in their native habitat. Read more

Jordan wins “Best student paper in Viticulture”

Lindsay Jordan
Jul 24, 2013
From Justine Vanden Heuvel: I just wanted to share the good news that Lindsay Jordan won “Best student paper in Viticulture” at the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section meeting in Winston-Salem, NC last week. It was actually a Cornell sweep for the two Lindsays: – Lindsay Springer (from Gavin Sacks’ lab) won best student paper in enology. Read more

Pritts: Fruit crops looking good

Jul 24, 2013
“Everybody should be pretty happy with their prospects this year. Every fruit crop in the Northeast has really set up nicely. Apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries — they’re all looking good.” — Horticulture professor Marvin Pritts talks to the Associated Press about sweet treats in store for us this season. Read more

Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli (NY Times)

Thomas Bjorkman
Jul 17, 2013
Thomas Björkman is featured in this July 9 New York Times article. Here’s an excerpt: “If you’ve had really fresh broccoli, you know it’s an entirely different thing,” he said. “And if the health-policy goal is to vastly increase the consumption of broccoli, then we need a ready supply, at an attractive price.” Read more