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Genetic marking discovery could ease plant breeders’ work
To do this, breeders use genetic markers to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins. Transferring those markers across species has been difficult at best, but a team of grapevine breeders, geneticists and...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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Wild tomatoes resist devastating bacterial canker
In a new paper, Cornell researchers showed that wild tomato varieties are less affected by bacterial canker than traditionally cultivated varieties. The paper, “Characterizing Colonization Patterns of Clavibacter michiganensis During Infection...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

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Plants speak ‘roundworm’ for self-defense, study shows

Led by faculty member Frank Schroeder, the group studied a group of chemicals called ascarosides, which the worms produce and secrete to communicate with each other. As described in a paper published Jan. 10 in Nature Communications, the...

  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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Vice provost illuminates Cornell’s global role and impact
Your background includes work on international development, social mobilization, land use and critical ethnography. How have these experiences shaped your worldview and what you bring to your role? Wolford: I always laugh because when people...
  • Global Development
  • Global Development
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CLASP participants connect through lifelong learning
Staff members who paired with student mentors for the fall semester attended a Dec. 12 luncheon in Warren Hall for a “midyear celebration of learning” at which they thanked their mentors and spoke briefly about their learning partnerships. The...
  • Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Development
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Research explores how grape pests sniff out berries
A new study, published Nov. 21 in the Journal of Chemical Ecology, investigates how these pests find their target amid a sea of other plants in the landscape. The researchers originally hypothesized that grapes might have a unique profile of...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Entomology
  • Department of Entomology
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Young tree swallows carry environmental stress into adulthood
When they analyzed breeding and hormone data, the team found a negative relationship between the temperature during the birds’ development and their hormonal response to stressors as adults. Specifically, they found that colder temperatures...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Animals
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CALS propels Cornell's climate change research
Of course, there has always been occasional mixing, as animals and underwater waves move through the lake. But global warming is driving a bigger wedge between Lake Tanganyika’s warm and cool water zones. As the surface warms at an accelerating...
  • Atkinson Center
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Natural Resources
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An unconventional quest to change the future of food
In fact, she didn’t have a specific plan at all. Just a desire to solve problems, and a willingness to listen. Much of Africa’s current economy is focused on mining or trade. But Adelman wanted to grow businesses that would create jobs for youth...
  • Global Development
  • Agriculture
  • Food
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Cornell support for NY farmworkers wins national recognition
The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which includes $20,000, was announced Nov. 10 at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) annual meeting in San Diego. “We applaud Cornell for its comprehensive...
  • Agriculture