Research & Impact

Paper wasps creating a hive

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Paper wasps rapidly evolved ability to identify faces
New research indicates facial recognition abilities in paper wasps evolved relatively rapidly, suggesting that their increasing intelligence provided an incredible evolutionary advantage. This new research also sheds light on how intelligence evolves in general, which has implications for many other species – including humans.
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Evolution
  • Entomology

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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
A yellow colored moth on purple grapes

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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
A small blue and white tree swallow standing on a post

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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
In the foreground, a red sign reads Climate Change Garden. In the background, two women tend to leafy plants in a garden bed.

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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

News & Events

Two cows standing in a barn staring at the camera

News

Good role models can help dairy farmers reduce antibiotic use
To find out why, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Cornell and the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands used a social psychology approach to understand how dairy farmers’ views impact how and when they use antibiotics to treat...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Dairy
Soil sample pulled from field

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Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health
The study also breaks down how specific components of soil health – such as the abundance and activity of soil animals and soil stability – affect crop productivity. “With growing interest from farmers in being able to harness and exploit soil...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Entomology