Research Highlights 2019

2019 exemplified the important impact that Cornell AgriTech research has on food and agriculture industries across New York state. Our research findings this past year will shape the decisions that producers and processors make to produce, protect and sustain products for years to come.

Key research achievements


Peer-reviewed papers in 2019


Peer-reviewed research citations to date for current faculty


Grants started in 2019 to begin groundbreaking research

Galaxy Suite tomatoes make their debut

Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of horticulture, developed several unique, flavorful and attractive tomato varieties in 2019. The varieties were developed with the latest consumer and marketplace trends in mind.

Eastern Broccoli Project on track to meet $100M goal

Prior to the work of Thomas Björkman, professor of horticulture, the broccoli industry on the East Coast was small, with most broccoli being produced on the West Coast. Thanks to Björkman, the East Coast broccoli industry is now valued at close to $100 million.

Program educates onion farmers to fight pests, cut chemical sprays

Research and pest management techniques developed by Brian Nault, professor of entomology, helped protect New York’s onion industry which is valued between $40 million to $50 million annually.

UV light may be ripe to replace chemicals in fungal fight

Farmers may no longer have to rely exclusively on fungicides to suppress destructive plant pathogens like powdery mildew fungi (PM) thanks to David Gadoury, senior research associate. Gadoury has spent the last five years refining the science and applied technology behind using ultraviolet light to kill the fungi that cause PM, opening the door for the technology’s use to control other plant pathogens.

Team fights invasive pest, supports New York berry industry

Our berry researchers are members of the only comprehensive berry team in the Northeast, combining expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, plant breeding and management practices. Their work has helped support New York’s $20 million berry industry.

Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health

Research from the lab of Kyle Wickings, associate professor of entomology, found that prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields. Wickings research is important because unsustainable farming practices are depleting soils of biological activity and nutrients, leading to widespread concern about farmers’ ability to grow enough food to keep up with global population growth.

A man picks tomatoes in a field
A person holds broccoli just picked from a field
A field of onions
UV light technology being used at night to suppress powdery mildew on grapevines at a Cornell AgriTech research field
A hand holds black raspberries over the bush
person taking soil sample