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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.

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.