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A mugshot of Nikolai Vavilov

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Soviet plant geneticist Nikolai Vavilov gathered thousands of specimens from around the globe with hopes of cultivating crops to eradicate hunger – and yet, he starved to death in a prison cell. His offense: Daring to criticize the flawed agriculture sponsored by Josef Stalin, which led to famine and the death of millions in the Soviet Union in the 1930s.
  • Mann Library
  • Plants
Phillip Griffiths stands outside a greenhouse with his Galaxy Suite of grape tomatoes.

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Moonshadow, a new variety of grape tomato, is a high-flavor, traditionally bred tomato derived from crosses with heirloom varieties. It’s aimed at organic growers, small farms and home gardeners.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Food
Composite image of two men including purple ribbon with text highly cited research 2021 Clarivate

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Mario Herrero and Johannes Lehmann each made the 2021 list of most influential scientists.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
trial bed outside Nevin Center

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Cornell researchers have published the 2021 results of their annual flowr and foliage plant trials, which they've conducted since 2014 and outside the Cornell Botanic Gardens' Nevin Welcome Center since 2019. Visit the annual trials program...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plants
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Capitalizing on time in the race to breed inclusive, resilient crops
Cowpea breeders across Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, with the support of the Feed the Future Innovation for Crop Improvement, are making it possible to expand breeding operations in less time by making more efficient use of water.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
A pea aphid.

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The word ‘honeydew’ sounds benign, but the sugary waste product of aphids can promote growth of bacteria that are highly virulent to the pests, according to a new study.
  • Microbiology
  • Animals
  • Microbiology
Bowl of freshly harvested eggplants

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The Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership is funded by a five-year $10 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section