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Spotlight

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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Spotlight

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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News

Pimentel, professor emeritus and environmental scientist, dies at 94
Pimentel published more than 700 studies and 40 books, and was a pioneering voice calling for protection of the environment and promoting sustainability. He was the first agricultural researcher to argue against DDT use before it was banned, and...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
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News

Cornell, Nature Conservancy to study key climate projects
The funded research will: assess state buyout programs of homes built on flood plains; gauge optimal fishing policies in Alaska; and examine sustainable, agricultural land management in China. Each of these two-year, $200,000 projects – funded...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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News

Howarth appointed to New York’s new Climate Action Council
The Climate Action Council was created under the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which was signed into law July 18, 2019, and took effect Jan. 1. Howarth – a fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology