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Betsy Lamb

Accolades earn Lamb ‘Excellence in IPM’ award

Aug 15, 2013

“Impressive.” “The best workshop I’ve ever been to.” “She was committed to my success every step of the way.” Accolades like these have earned Elizabeth Lamb the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program’s (NYS IPM) Excellence in IPM award. This award honors people who make outstanding contributions to preventive and least-toxic tactics for dealing with pests.

Touring annual flower trials at Bluegrass Lane

100 attend Floriculture Field Day

Aug 14, 2013

About 100 greenhouse growers and retailers, florists, educators and others attended the annual Cornell Floriculture Field Day August 13. The day started on campus with presentations on the latest show-stopping flower and foliage annuals and summer bulbs, invasive species, biological pest control, and alternatives to impatiens, a popular shade-loving annual that has been plagued in recent years by a new disease, impatiens downy mildew.

arboriculture course

New course: Arboriculture – applied tree care

Aug 6, 2013

This course (new for Fall 2013) will prepare you to take International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) certification exam. You’ll get hands-on experience with: Tree establishment Assessing plant health Worker safety Pruning techniques Urban forestry

New apples from Cornell

SnapDragon and RubyFrost are new apple varieties

Aug 4, 2013

GENEVA, N.Y. — Cornell has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1 and NY2. The new names were revealed Aug. 1 by Jeff Crist, vice chairman of the NYAG board of directors, at a field day at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, where Cornell breeder Susan Brown developed the varieties. “SnapDragon is a great name for this apple because consumers found its crispy texture and sweet flavor so appealing,” said Mark Russell, an apple grower and NYAG member. He anticipates it will be a popular apple for snacking, especially for children.

Chris Wien

Pineapple lily could help N.Y. nursery industry bloom

Jul 26, 2013

With its long, speckled stalks, vibrant flowers and long vase life, the pineapple lily appeals to those who appreciate brash, beautiful blooms. It could also provide new opportunities for Northeast nurseries, according to Cornell horticulturists who would like to see the South African native take root in upstate New York. Chris Wien, professor of horticulture, experiments with cut flowers to determine which varieties hold the most promise for the state’s $6.3 billion nursery industry, and he believes he’s found a winner in Eucomis.

Thomas Bjorkman

Mother Jones: Monsanto. Broccoli. I Love This. Really!

Jul 25, 2013

[Mother Jones 2013/07/17] – Thomas Bjorkman explains that partners in the Eastern Broccoli Project include relatively small players like Maine-based Johnny’s Selected Seeds, a purveyor widely used by small- and mid-size farmers, as well as seed giants like Monsanto. “Our goal is to get seeds of better-adapted broccoli varieties out to Eastern growers so that they can grow more local broccoli,” he says. And working with private players with established distribution networks is the fastest way to do that, he added. S


Bridgen named Fulbright Scholar

Jul 24, 2013

His cut flower cultivar creations have brightened many homes and gardens, and now a prestigious grant will allow horticulture professor Mark Bridgen to spend a semester studying Alstroemeria flowers in their native habitat.

Lindsay Jordan

Jordan wins “Best student paper in Viticulture”

Jul 24, 2013

From Justine Vanden Heuvel: I just wanted to share the good news that Lindsay Jordan won “Best student paper in Viticulture” at the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section meeting in Winston-Salem, NC last week. It was actually a Cornell sweep for the two Lindsays: – Lindsay Springer (from Gavin Sacks’ lab) won best student paper in enology.


Pritts: Fruit crops looking good

Jul 24, 2013

“Everybody should be pretty happy with their prospects this year. Every fruit crop in the Northeast has really set up nicely. Apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries — they’re all looking good.” — Horticulture professor Marvin Pritts talks to the Associated Press about sweet treats in store for us this season.

Thomas Bjorkman

Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli (NY Times)

Jul 17, 2013

Thomas Björkman is featured in this July 9 New York Times article. Here’s an excerpt: “If you’ve had really fresh broccoli, you know it’s an entirely different thing,” he said. “And if the health-policy goal is to vastly increase the consumption of broccoli, then we need a ready supply, at an attractive price.”