Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops
The combination of natural enemies, such as ladybeetles, with Bt crops, delays a pest’s ability to evolve resistance to the crops' insecticidal proteins, according to new research.
Horticulture project is a 'work of tart'
Horticulture assistant professor Kenong Xu Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva has a new grant to better to understand a key gene in acid production and deliver reliable tools to predict the acid-producing potential of tiny apple seedlings.
Watkins named Cornell Cooperative Extension director
Christopher Watkins, Cornell's Herman M. Cohn Professor of Postharvest Science, has been named director of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Engineer designs digital solution for pesticide drift
Andrew Landers, a senior extension associate at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, has developed sprayers that reduce excess pesticide use.
Small changes can reduce produce contamination
A new study shows how some agricultural management practices in the field that can boost or reduce the risk of contamination in produce from salmonella and listeria.
New micro water sensor can aid growers
Grape growers, food processors and even concrete makers all benefit from water sensors for accurate moisture readings. Cornell researchers have developed a fingertip-sized sensor that is a hundred times more sensitive than current devices, and they hope to produce it for as little as $5 each.
Geneva summer scholars study bees, tempeh, hummus
Twenty-eight students from top U.S. universities participated in the summer scholars program at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y.
SnapDragon and RubyFrost are new apple varieties
The two varieties have been a decade in the making, and how they’ve gone to market is a first for the Cornell apple-breeding program and the New York apple industry.
Hop yard takes root in Geneva
A one-acre hop yard was established June 30 as a research planting to bolster the hops revival in New York. The team will soon develop a New York hops grower’s guide as well.
Susan Brown named associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Susan Brown, associate chair of the Department of Horticulture and Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named associate director of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), effective July 1.
Geneva greenhouses to get $4.7 million upgrade
The two-year project, which begins in May and was funded by money released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will reconstruct 21,000 square feet of greenhouses at NYSAES. Improvements will boost research capacity and optimize energy efficiency.
Season-long leaf testing improves crop profitability
Cornell researchers are testing vegetable crop leaves to see if they're nutrient deficient, and if they are, they are nourishing the crops via 'fertigation' – delivering nutrients via irrigation.
Students bring better chemistry through Cajun cuisine
A Cornell team will participate in a contest to communicate the chemistry of Cajun cooking, April 9 during the American Chemical Society's spring convention in New Orleans.
Endowed directorship paves way for agricultural innovation
Larry Goichman '66 and his wife, Jennifer, have endowed the directorship of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y.
Contest harvests names for new wine grapes
After a naming challenge drew 1,100 suggestions from around the world, a Cornell breeder has revealed the secret identities of two new wine grapes - Arandell and Aromella.
New agricultural research funding model gains momentum
Cornell's Thomas Burr presented a new model to fund agricultural research in response to immediate problems, such as infestations, in the wake of reduced government support.
Future of East Coast broccoli looks bright
Cornell researchers are leading a team to foster more broccoli farming on the East Coast as a way to save energy and promote a healthful food.
Tiny fly is big trouble for berry growers
The invasive spotted wing drosophila is wreaking havoc on berry plants throughout New York state and nationwide. Cornell researchers are zeroing in on how to tackle the problem.
Willow workshop fires up Northeast bioenergy
A Dec. 18 workshop on willow biomass heating and biofuels attracted potential growers, manufacturers of harvesting and biomass heating equipment.
Specialty crop projects receive almost $1 million
Cornell projects that research, develop and promote specialty crops have received a total of almost $1 million in funding from N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Growers license new raspberries
Berry Different: Growers turn to new Cornell raspberries for better flavor, disease-resistance and a colorful fall crop.
Industry evaluates vegetables at NYSAES trials
Representatives from vegetable processors and seed companies visited the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station to evaluate 160 veggie varieties grown in research trials there.
Grad students fund scholarships with cider making
Graduate students at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station raise scholarship money for local students interested in agriculture through sales of apple cider.
Federal grants will fund study of food system, environment
Cornell's agricultural experiment stations and cooperative extension will allocate annual federal grants to land-grant universities of $9 million to study food systems, environmental problems.
Wang to succeed Scott as director of Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program
Ping Wang, associate professor of entomology, has been named to succeed Tang Cornell-China Scholars Program founding director, Norm Scott, biological and environmental engineering, effective November 1.
Workshops meet surging interest in micobreweries
Brewing Science and Technology, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences course, filled an auditorium at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., earlier this month.
Program has $9 million to develop better grapes
A multidisciplinary research project co-led by Cornell grape breeder Bruce Reisch will soon provide breeders tools they can use to develop more and better varieties of grapes.
Wild weather to yield better Finger Lakes wines
Unusual weather this year will benefit Finger Lakes wine growers, whose crops are expected to produce outstanding wines.
'Smart' pumpkin growing wins contest
Larry and Christine Smart, both associate professors, win a contest for growing the largest pumpkin.
Ag station students donate garden harvest
Bounty from a student garden at Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva is being donated to a local food pantry.
Professor Karl Siebert answers that question, and many others, in his courses on making and tasting beer.
Grant to study willow as promising bioenergy crop
Cornell has received $1.37 million to study the genetics of superior growth in hybrids of shrub willow, a fast-growing, perennial cool-climate woody plant.
Contest seeks names for two new wine grapes
A contest and social media campaign seek names for new two wine grape varieties from Cornell.
Berry growers to test new varieties in new partnership
Through a new agreement between the New York State Berry Growers Association and the Cornell berry breeding program, growers across the state will evaluate elite selections from the university in their own fields.
Analyst has been at seed lab for almost 60 years
As the New York State Seed Testing Lab at the NYS Ag Experiment Station celebrates its centennial, Joyce Wicksall has a unique view - She's worked there for more than half of its 100-year history.
Love blooms in horticultural proposal
A graduate student planted red tulips in the fall; in the spring he took his girlfriend to see them blooming. It said, 'Marry me, Kelly.' She said yes.
Graduate students honor Cowen, Ndulo and Smart for excellence in mentoring
For the first time in Cornell's history, graduate students have created an award to honor the people who have the greatest impact on their academic careers: faculty mentors.
Cornell releases two new raspberry varieties
Double Gold and Crimson Night are new raspberries that are well suited for small-scale growers and home gardeners who want showy, flavorful raspberries on vigorous, disease resistant plants.
Strawberry lovers: Check out Purple Wonder
Cornell's newest and darkest strawberry variety - Purple Wonder - will make its debut at the Philadelphia International Flower Show March 5. It is a burgundy berry.
Rugged new strawberry has a hint of pineapple
Herriot is a new tasty strawberry variety with high yields, vigor, disease resistance, eye appeal and a hint of pineapple flavor.
Wasp rediscovered after almost 100 years
Two tiny wasps have been found in Geneva, N.Y.: One hasn't been seen on this continent since its initial discovery by Cornell scientists in 1915, and the other has never been seen here.
Willow biofuels program ignites with new boiler
The willow bioenergy program has a new $950,000 grant for breeding willow and installing a boiler to heat two buildings at Cornell's experiment station in Geneva.
Strep-resistant fire blight found in New York orchards
Cornell plant pathologists are warning New York apple and pear growers after discovering that a strain of fire blight is resistant to traditional treatments.
Custodians go 'green' in Ithaca and Geneva
Custodians on campus have been 'green cleaning' for years; their systems have now been adopted by the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, where custodians continue to get 'greener.'
Three grants will help sweeten N.Y. apple crop
Researchers have received three grants to reduce apple tree losses and enhance production efficiency among growers.
Researchers attack a very, very bad stink bug
Cornell researchers have received almost half a million dollars to help in the fight against the new invasive, the the brown marmorated stink bug, which has the potential to destroy New York's crops.
Honey compound is a natural preservative
Microbiologist Randy Worobo has discovered an antimicrobial compound from honey that could be a promising candidate as a natural preservative to prevent food-borne illness and food spoilage.
Researchers get $4.5M for next generation grapes
Cornell has received $4.5 million to make grape breeding more efficient and to develop new disease-resistance, cold hardy generations of grapes.
New CU raspberry extends harvest into November
A new Cornell raspberry variety, Crimson Giant, was developed specifically for the New York climate and can extend the harvest window for fresh, local raspberries to the beginning of November.
Hotline and wine lab relaunch after 25 years
The New York State Wine Analytical Lab at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., with new equipment, serves as a troubleshooter for state wineries.
Cornell showcased at Northeast's largest farm show
From apples and corn to onion jellies and solar smoothies, thousands of visitors to the 78th annual Empire Farm Days got a taste of Cornell's contributions to the agricultural community.
Geneva lab saves money by testing viable crop seeds
The New York State Seed Testing Laboratory saves growers and New York state significant sums by preventing crop losses.
Common eastern bumblebee can boost pumpkin yields
A Cornell entomologist has identified the common eastern bumblebee as the best native pollinator for pumpkins and is studying its role in other vegetables as well.
Students take top prize for cassava cookies
Various Cornellians reaped prizes at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, June 11-14, including a student team who took first prize for developing cassava cookies for poor countries.
Summer scholars hosted by CALS learn about careers
The Departments of Food Science and of Plant Pathology each host about one dozen undergraduates from around the country as summer scholars to garner career interest in their fields.
Exhibit to feature Big Red apples trees silhouetted
Los Angeles artist Jessica Rath worked with Professor Susan Brown to use Cornell apple trees as a basis for a photography exhibit in Pasadena next year.
Ag station sows science literacy in Geneva
Professors from Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station are working with third graders in Geneva in a hands-on science program to teach elementary school students about plant science.
Urban Eden class plants in Ithaca and Geneva
Students in Cornell's Creating the Urban Eden course gave the horticulture hall in Geneva a landscape makeover this semester.
Honorary Degrees for Experiment Station Leaders
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) Director Thomas Burr and his predecessor, James Hunter, were awarded honorary degrees at Hobart and William Smith Colleges during commencement ceremonies in Geneva on May 15, 2011.
Andrew Landers receives Research Award
The New York Wine and Grape Foundation presented its Research Award to Andrew Landers at its annual Unity Banquet on February 18.
April showers bring May glowers, from growers
April's record rainfall has prompted New York farmers to delay planting many crops, say Cornell experts, who give advice on what to do.
NYS Experiment Station goes green behind the scenes
The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva is going 'green' in a variety of ways, from using electric vehicles to exploring wind energy and bioenergy.
New York produces eco-friendly vines and wines
Cornell is teaching students and producers how to incorporate sustainable practices in growing grapes and developing wines through a course for students and workbook for professionals.
Wine conference addresses aging and keeping of wines
The 40th Annual New York State Wine Industry Workshop in Geneva, N.Y., April 13-15, examined winemaking and its challenges in eastern, cool-climate wine regions.
Alliance works toward safer fresh food
The Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell calls on farmers, researchers, state officials, produce industry experts and others interested in produce safety to join one of 10 alliance working committees.
Grant will attack late blight outbreaks
Cornell researchers were recently awarded $1.5 million as part of a $9 million grant to develop a unified, interdisciplinary and tech-savvy approach to outpace the pathogen.
N.Y. wine industry facing stinky threat, professor warns
The pests - spotted wing fruit flies and brown marmorated stink bugs - could hit Finger Lakes vineyards this summer, said experts at the Finger Lakes Grape Growers' Conference in Geneva, N.Y.
'NY Nightly News' features Cornell Enologists
Anna Katharine Mansfield, assistant professor of Enology and Christopher Gerling, Enology extension associate, stop by NBC's "New York Nightly News" to talk about New York's fine wines.
Robert Becker Memorial Library Continues to Grow
In this month’s newsletter from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries there appears an update on the Robert Becker Memorial Library located on the Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) campus in Decorah, IA. The following is adapted from that article with the author’s permission.
$1.3 million grant to boost eastern wine industry
Cornell has received some $1.3 million as part of a larger grant to help East Coast vineyards be more productive.
Cornell University, U.S. government launch new $1.15 million produce safety alliance
The three-year, $1.15 million partnership funded by the FDA and USDA, that will be housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will extend Cornell’s national Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) program.
FDA, USDA, CU announce alliance for produce safety
The FDA, USDA and Cornell join together to give produce growers and packagers on-farm food safety knowledge in advance of a proposed produce safety regulation.
Cornell-led team develops eastern broccoli industry
The project aims to develop a more sustainable industry that produces broccoli locally, reduces emissions from cross-country trucking and conserves scarce western U.S. irrigation water.
Geneva to Host International Conference on Grapevine Genetics and Breeding
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences hosts the 10th International Conference on Grapevine Genetics and Breeding at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.
Summer scholars focus on plant disease
The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station hosts 11 undergraduates from around the country in a new plant sciences program.
Cornell plans large presence at Empire Farm Days 2009
Cornell to highlight value-added agriculture at largest outdoor agricultural fair in the Northeast.
SAGES awards inaugural scholarship to Geneva-area student
The Student Association of the Geneva Experiment Station (SAGES) selected High School senior for "commitment to the advancement of agriculture."
Plant pathologists put the squeeze on citrus disease
Researchers have developed genetically engineered orange trees to fight a deadly bacterial citrus disease in Florida. The trees will soon be put to the test.
Cornell helps develop robotic tractor and sprayer
Andrew Landers, a pesticide application engineer at NYSAES, is part of a $3.9 million USDA-funded project to develop, test and evaluate a fleet of autonomous tractors designed for precision agriculture applications.