The Department of Horticulture is housed in the Plant Science Building on Tower Road. The world-renowned Mann Library facility with its vast agricultural holdings on the Ithaca campus is physically attached to the Plant Science Building. Most departments at Ithaca and Geneva maintain small libraries and reading rooms as well. These contain commonly used scientific journals, recent bulletins, trade papers, magazines, and miscellaneous literature. In addition, the entire catalog of the Mann library and many electronic publications are available on the web, thus are available at many remote sites.
At both the Plant Science Building and the Kenneth Post Laboratory building, there are laboratories specifically equipped for investigations of plant growth regulators, stress physiology, postharvest physiology, conventional and micropropagation (tissue culture), nutrition (foliar and soil analysis), and other physiological and anatomical studies. Controlled environment units range in size from reach-in growth cabinets to walk-in growth rooms.
Attached to the Kenneth Post Laboratory are twelve greenhouses, totaling 35,000 square feet. The Guterman Bioclimatic Laboratory, about half a mile away from Plant Science, contains ample greenhouse space and associated laboratories, along with growth chamber facilities and two teaching labs.
The Bluegrass Lane Turf and Landscape Research Center provides an effective, flexible, and friendly environment supporting research, extension, and teaching activities including:
- Golf, sports and lawn turfgrass
- Woody plants
- Bulbs and perennial and annual flowers
The 28 acre site (with an additional 17 acres slated for development) is conveniently located near the Cornell campus, adjacent to the Robert Trent Jones golf course.
Vegetable research is conducted at the 200-acre Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 10 miles from campus. Adjacent to the Thompson Farm is the Freeville Organic Research Farm where researchers from several departments conduct organic cropping systems research, variety trials, and other experiments. More vegetable field plots are available closer to campus at the East Ithaca Research Area, where high-tunnel research is conducted.
The 60-acre Cornell Orchards research orchard, within walking distance of campus, includes fruit crops for teaching and research programs. The cold storage building at the Ithaca orchard contains a modern research and demonstration facility with a large central storage room, a large teaching and research laboratory, grading and packing facilities, a salesroom, and workshop.
The 98-acre Lansing Orchard 15 miles north of campus on the east shore of Cayuga Lake is also used for fruit research and teaching activities.
While it is not used for research, the Dilmun Hill Student Farm provides students with opportunities for hands-on experience with organic vegetable growing and marketing.
About a third of the faculty in the Department of Horticulture is based at the Geneva Campus of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, which houses four academic departments focusing on fruits and vegetables. On campus or nearby you'll find:
- New York State IPM Program
- USDA-ARS Plant Germplasm Research Unit
- New York State Seed Testing Laboratory
- Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park
Geneva is a city of 19,000 located at the north end of Seneca Lake, 50 miles northwest of Ithaca.
Research facilities for the department include two laboratory buildings, Hedrick and Sturtevant Halls, with modern research and office space for faculty, technical staff, and graduate students. Well-equipped laboratories are available for various "-omics", molecular biology, physiology, transformation, tissue culture, anatomy, and seed technology. Department researchers make use of the Station's eight nearby research farms, totaling 850 acres of prime fruit and vegetable soil, and 65,000 square feet of greenhouse space each with their own support staff. A Raw Products Building provides fruit and vegetable processing facilities as well as refrigerated and controlled atmosphere storage. A wide range of apple, grape, tart cherry, and vegetable germplasm is available at the National Germplasm Repository. Geneva also hosts the Department of Horticulture's willow biofuel program.
Other Field Stations
The Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center is located in Riverhead, in the heart of the grape and vegetable production area of eastern Suffolk County. The Laboratory staff consists of seven members representing research and extension interests in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, and IPM. The facilities consist of approximately 70 acres of irrigated field research plots. In addition, there is ample greenhouse space, as well as growth chamber and incubator availability. There are laboratories equipped for general physiological studies, water relations, photosynthesis, and enology research.
There are approximately 15,000 acres in commercial vegetable, potato, grape, and nursery production in the immediate vicinity of the Lab. These are located on both the North and South forks of the Island, which have distinctly different temperature and humidity conditions and soil types. The different growing conditions within a small geographic area have resulted in a multitude of crops and research projects for students. In addition, the location of the Center in the heart of the production area of Suffolk County offers students ample opportunity to have contact with growers and extension personnel. The small staff at the Center provides a unique environment for interdisciplinary research.
The Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, New York (Ulster County) consists of 19 acres of land for research in fruit, with laboratory and greenhouse facilities. The laboratory building and the land on which the building is situated are owned by the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, Inc. (a grower-owned organization) and are rented by the Experiment Station. The academic staff includes a pomologist, an entomologist, and a plant pathologist.
The Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory is home to 28 acres of research vineyards and laboratory facilities near Fredonia, N.Y., in Chautauqua County, the heart of New York’s prime Labrusca grape-growing region, where more than 30,000 acres of American varieties such as 'Concord' and 'Niagara' ar grown.