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Who we are

As the only horticulture program in the Ivy League, our faculty, staff and students work to shape the food systems and landscapes of today and tomorrow.

If you've ever been shaded by trees on a city street, enjoyed an apple in winter, visited a farmer's market or watched a sporting event on natural grass, then it is likely you have been touched by our work.

Our faculty includes more than 40 scientists working across New York to make discoveries and share knowledge about fruits, vegetables and landscape plants. They are called on by farmers, golf course managers, urban foresters, government officials and many others to solve problems around the globe.


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bruce reisch with grapevines on a sunny day

Genetic marking discovery could ease plant breeders’ work

Jan 22, 2020

A team of grapevine breeders, geneticists and bioinformatic specialists at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York, has come up with a powerful new method to transfer genetic markers across species  to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins.

alternative turf and headstones at Green-Wood

Rethinking urban grasslands

Jan 6, 2020

Associate professor Frank Rossi is teaming up with world-famous Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn to manage grass and other vegetation on nearly 500 acres to reduce the cemetary's carbon footprint. "The urban grasslands at Green-Wood provide an ideal environment to study sustainable and ecological alternative to the manicured lawn in an era of climate change," says Rossi.