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Spotlight

Waterless world
For decades, everyone from the United Nations to the New York Times quoted the same agricultural statistic: “70 percent of all the world’s food is produced by small-scale farmers.” Working in international development in places like Cambodia...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Water
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Field Note

5 things we learned about making online plant biology fun for K-6 kids
This summer, we collaborated with Cornell Botanic Gardens to lead a 4-week online course for school-aged students called “Plants Have Families Too!” The material was adapted from the Botanic Gardens’ annual family botanical event, Judy’s Day...
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section

Field Note

Hunting eelgrass disease in the San Juan Islands
During summer 2020, Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, postdoc Lillian Aoki and Ph.D. student Olivia Graham traveled to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state to study the pathogenic causes of seagrass...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Disease
  • Plants
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Spotlight

Benjamin Z. Houlton: Investing in agriculture for a climate resilient future
If all goes as planned, the addition of rock dust — rich in potassium, iron and zinc — will help increase the crop’s overall yield, nutrient density and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. “Each time these natural rock particles...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Global Development
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Field Note

Grace Tucker '17: Helping coastal communities become more resilient
Grace Tucker '17 is a program coordinator for the coastal resilience team at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, DC. In this role, she conducts science and policy analysis related to coastal resilience, natural infrastructure and...
  • Environment
  • Nature
  • Planet
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News & Events

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News

Dairy farm manure cover and flare off systems reduce odors and methane
New York Farmers are implementing innovative manure management techniques for environmental stewardship, farm viability, and the community. Cornell Cooperative Extension and Cornell PRO DAIRY partner with New York State and County Soil & Water...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
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News

Using microbes, scientists aim to extract rare-earth elements
Most of the world’s rare-earth elements – there are 17 on the periodic table – have been mined in China for the past quarter-century, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. But the mining and finishing processes there create toxic waste and...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences