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Spending time in nature reduces stress, research finds

Feb 26, 2020

New research from an interdisciplinary Cornell team including Donald Rakow, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, has found that as little as 10 minutes in a natural setting can help college students feel happier and lessen the effects of both physical and mental stress.

Phillip Griffiths, a plant breeder and associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, poses with several of his new kale varieties.

New, more appealing varieties of kale in the works

Feb 5, 2020

Sales of the dark green, leafy vegetable are beginning to plateau. But vegetable breeder Phillip Griffiths, an associate professor of horticulture at Cornell Agri-Tech, hopes to change that by creating varieties of kale with new flavors, textures and colors. "It's mainstreaming kale, to some extent," he says.

customers at the Cornell Orchards store

Cornell Orchards Store to close Jan. 31

Jan 30, 2020

The Cornell Orchards Store – long a retail outlet for the university’s apples, fresh cider and other fruit grown at the Cornell Orchards, along Route 366 – will close Jan. 31. Administrators from the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station in Ithaca are exploring options for future seasonal retail apple sales.

hemp plant

Genetics, not field conditions, makes hemp ‘go hot’

Jan 30, 2020

In a new study, Cornell researchers have determined that a hemp plant’s propensity to “go hot” – become too high in THC – is determined by genetics, not as a stress response to growing conditions, contrary to popular belief.