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Solanum lycopersicoides growing in a BTI greenhouse


Wild tomato genome will benefit domesticated cousins

A team of researchers has assembled a reference genome for Solanum lycopersicoides, a wild relative of the cultivated tomato, and developed web-based tools to help plant researchers and breeders improve the crop.

  • Boyce Thompson Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
lesions on eelgrass in an underwater meadow


A combination of ecological field methods and AI has helped an interdisciplinary research group detect eelgrass wasting disease from San Diego to southern Alaska, and determine that it’s caused by warmer-than-normal water temperatures.

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
  • Climate Change
A man walks in the woods.


Alumnus Andy Zepp started the Finger Lakes Land Trust one night in a Fernow Hall lecture hall. Now executive director, he’s preserving the region’s iconic landscapes one acre at a time.

  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environment
  • Nature
People collaborate in a warehouse


Solving problems like climate change could require dismantling rigid academic boundaries, so that researchers of various backgrounds may collaborate through an “undisciplinary” approach.

  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
sheep in solar field


Solar energy developers and farmers need land to operate, and a Cornell research project aims to demonstrate how co-locating solar arrays on farmland can be an environmentally friendly way to benefit both the renewable energy and agriculture industries.
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Animal Science
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Food for all: International organizations and the transformation of agriculture
Perspectives in Global Development Seminar Series: Spring 2022 The Sustainable Development Goals are off track. The prospects of the SDGs being realized by 2030 are bleak. The rapid pace of consistent decline in poverty and hunger until 2015 had...
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
  • Plants
a double handful of soil with bracelets


As part of the inaugural visit, newly appointed A.D. White Professor-at-Large Bram Govaerts, Director General of CIMMYT headquartered in Mexico, is joined by Neema Kudva, Anna Davidson, Prabhu Pingali and Mario Herrero to discuss university...
  • Plants
  • environment
Bram Govaerts


Perspectives in Global Development Seminar Series: Spring 2022 Climate-focused research aims to help smallholder farmers adapt to climate shocks and to raise and maintain high yields profitably and, most of all, sustainably by reducing GHG...
  • global development
  • Global Development
  • school of integrative plant science