Our scientists in Ithaca, Geneva and other locations around New York conduct research that is broad and diverse. It runs the gamut from the basic molecular and physiological research through theoretical and applied field and ecosystem research to plant-human interaction. It also covers a broad range of plant types, including fruits and vegetables, landscape plants, turfgrasses, woody plants and more.
Learn more about our research:
- See our faculty directory, which includes research focuses for each faculty member and links to their profile page and featured publications.
- Visit our lab and research program websites.
- Graduate student research - Lists recent theses and dissertations.
- See guide below.
Guide to research in the Horticulture Section:
Horticulture production and management:
- Agroforestry, biomass and forest farming (Mudge, Smart)
- Floriculture production (Bridgen, Mattson, Miller)
- Fruit production – tree fruits and berries (Hoying, Lakso, Pritts, Robinson)
- Plant breeding (Bridgen, Brown, Fazio, Griffiths, Reisch, Smart, Weber)
- Postharvest management (Watkins)
- Season extension (Pritts, Wien)
- Seed science and technology (Taylor)
- Turfgrass (Kao-Kniffin, Rossi, Petrovic)
- Urban horticulture (Bassuk, Kao-Kniffin, Whitlow)
- Vegetable production (Bjorkman, Halseth, Rangarajan, Reiners, Wien)
- Viticulture (Bates, Cheng, Lakso, Martinson, Vanden Heuvel)
- Weed science (Kao-Kniffin)
Biology of horticultural crops:
- Biocontrol (Kao-Kniffin)
- Bioremediation and habitat restoration (Whitlow)
- Climate change (Wolfe)
- Soil health (Drinkwater, Wolfe)
Plants and human well-being:
- Ethnobotany (Mt. Pleasant)
- Garden-based learning (Brewer, Eames-Sheavly)
- Public garden leadership (Rakow, Skelly)