Cornell Orchards, founded in 1910, supports 10 to 15 research projects each year. Currently there are 22 acres of apples, grapes, stone fruits and berries in active research, including one certified organic acre.
Our mission is to provide high-quality ecosystems for world class perennial fruit crop research and hands-on teaching.
Research project highlights
Ground-nesting bees to enhance pollination
Weed control in perennial crops
Evaluate the performance of novel weed control technology, including electric weeders and vision-guided spray systems, to enhance the sustainability of fruit, berry, and grape production.
Researcher: Lynn Sosnoskie
Improve wine grape production systems
Improve both the environmental and economic sustainability of wine grape production systems in cool climates through vine and soil research.
Researcher: Justine Vanden Heuvel
Fruit production systems
Develop fruit production systems that facilitate the long-term economic and environmental viability of commercial tree-fruit growers, with a particular focus on hard cider production.
Researcher: Greg Peck
Develop sustainable production methods for berry crops, including the use of high and low tunnels for season extension in colder climates.
Researcher: Marvin Pritts
Storage life of apples
Maintain quality and nutrition of apples during storage, especially of new and emerging varieties, using new postharvest technologies such as dynamic controlled atmosphere storage.
Researcher: Chris Watkins
Tree root biology
Promote sustainable landscapes through a better understanding of tree root biology and provide a teaching resource for below-ground processes in plants.
Researcher: Taryn Bauerle
Metabolism in apples and grapes
Understand how the metabolism in apples and grapes responds to carbon and nitrogen, and provide guidelines for fertilizer applications in orchards and vineyards.
Researcher: Lailiang Cheng
Resources for Cornell Researchers
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