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Gene discovery may help growers battle grape downy mildew

Researchers at Cornell have discovered a new grape downy mildew resistance gene – giving the wine and grape industry a powerful new tool to combat this devastating disease.

  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Institute for Computational Sustainability are using big data and AI to model hidden patterns in nature – not just for one bird species, but for entire ecological communities across...

  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
Gretchen Wittmeyer '24 posing, smiling in front of a Japanese Maple

Field Note

Gretchen Wittmeyer, Cornell CALS agricultural science major ‘24, recently served as a Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) intern, learning about CCE and conducting soil research. Read on to learn about Wittmeyer’s internship experience. What led...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture Sciences Major
  • Animal Science
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The genetic material that species shed into their environments can reveal the presence of the species and a broad range of information about the genetics of entire populations.

  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biodiversity
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A new study testing the accuracy of existing methods used to predict the genetic variation that cause infertility found that relying on computational or in vitro experiments alone is insufficient.

  • Computational Biology
  • Biology
  • Genetics
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Arjun Khakhar


Seminar from the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems ( CROPPS ) Featuring Arjun Khakhar , assistant professor of biology at Colorado State University Tuesday, October 10 from 2-3 p.m. eastern time Hybrid event in Emerson 135 at...
  • school of integrative plant science
  • Biology
Celina Juliano


Seminar By Celina Juliano Associate Professor University of California, Davis Mechanisms of Development and Regeneration in Hydra Friday, May 19, 2023 | 3:30 PM G10 Biotech Building If you need accommodations to participate in this event please...
  • Biology
  • Genetics