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 Olivia Graham examines a seagrass meadow at low tide on the San Juan Islands

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NSF grants $2.5M for seagrass, marine ecosystem research
To seek solutions, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences and Environmental Biology awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant to Drew Harvell, professor emeritus in ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology
Scientists look at plants.

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A new multi-institution, transdisciplinary center will develop systems for two-way communication with plants, allowing scientists to remotely sense a plant’s biology and its immediate ecosystem, in hopes of one day using the information to improve plant growth.
  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
 Margaret Ball tending to plants growing in a tray in a grow room.

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Judiciously decomposing organic matter from 700 degrees Fahrenheit to 1,200 degrees F, without oxygen – a process known as pyrolysis, very different from incineration – and retaining nutrients from dairy lagoons can transform manure into a...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Agriculture
A lake in a field

News

Scientists and water managers are working to predict conditions that create color changes and algal blooms, but that’s easier said than done. Researchers have mostly assumed that the ecosystem relationships that lead to these shifts are linear...
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environment
  • Water
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This year the BGRI will host a virtual conference October 6-8 with the theme “Global Resilience: Science, Pandemics, and the Future of Wheat.” The 2021 BGRI Virtual Technical Workshop will explore how nearly two decades of monitoring and responding to wheat rust epidemics can provide lessons for other global disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Keynote speakers will draw attention to how we can apply the lessons learned from wheat research and epidemic response to other pandemic diseases facing today’s world.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
food analysis

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Webinar

Everyone’s Earth: Conversations on Race and Environment
Voices of National Leadership in Anti-Racism in the Outdoors Join us for a conversation with those leading the nation’s effort to address racism and the outdoors. Together, we will explore ways we can increase diversity and equity as it relates...
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • school of integrative plant science
  • Horticulture
lavender plants

Webinar

Learn about the diverse cultural uses of lavender and the history of lavender cultivation in this special encore presentation of Verdant Views.
  • Plants
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens
lavender bushes

Webinar

Learn about the diverse cultural uses of lavender and the history of lavender cultivation in this installment of Verdant Views.
  • Plants
  • Cornell Botanic Gardens