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Cornell-bred malting barley has a name: Excelsior Gold
Formerly called CU-31, the barley got its name as a result of a contest co-hosted this fall by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Richard Ball, commissioner of Ag and...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Study of fungi may improve baby food, agriculture, food safety
Researchers from Cornell, Oregon State University and the North-West University–Potchefstroom in South Africa will team up on the four-year Dimensions of Biodiversity grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding program requires...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Health + Nutrition
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Researchers identify genetics behind deadly oat blight
The study, “Victorin, the Host-Selective Cyclic Peptide Toxin from the Oat Pathogen Cochliobolus victoriae, is Ribosomally Encoded,” was published Sept. 15 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Victoria blight is caused...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Disease
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Name that grain: CALS’ barley will boost NYS beer industry
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets are co-hosting a naming contest, Nov. 12 through Dec. 3, for this promising new variety – currently called CU-31. All those...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Hudson Valley lab donates 47,000 pounds of apples to local food pantries
The Hudson Valley Research Laboratory (HVRL), a Cornell center for tree fruit research in Highland, New York, donated 47,000 pounds of apples and pears to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and Ulster Corps this fall. The contribution has helped...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Hudson Valley Lab
  • Horticulture Section
An apple tree outside against a blue sky with a banner that says "Grow-NY Food & Ag Summit: Virtual Pitch Competition & Symposium - November 17-18, 2020. Registration: FREE, VIP Package: $75. www.grown-ny.com

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Virtual Grow-NY Summit to feature food and ag innovation
Smart drones that distribute beneficial insects on crops, packaging materials to extend the shelf life of bread, and technology to transform food waste into nutrients for hydroponic farming – these are a few of the innovations to be featured at...
  • Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Study charts how orchards can leverage mechanical thinning and pruning without spreading fire blight
New findings from the lab of Kerik Cox, associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology, indicate that there may be hope for producers vying to use these technologies. Published by the American Phytopathological Society in...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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Ceres2030 project aims to help smallholder farmers cope with climate change
In academic publishing, one measurement of a work’s importance is how many other academics have cited it. This long-standing system has the benefit of simplicity and helping to form a common knowledge base. But especially for those working to...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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USDA team honored with gene stewardship award from Cornell's BGRI
A research team from the United States earned the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) 2020 Gene Stewardship award for their pioneering work protecting global wheat crops from vulnerabilities to fungal pathogens that threaten global food...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Grant will help researchers prevent apple fire blight in U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $779,000 grant to Cornell AgriTech researchers to combat fire blight, one of the most devastating bacterial diseases for the apple and pear industries...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Food