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Research & Impact

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Spotlight

Meet our faculty: Clare Casteel
Academic focus: Plant-microbe interactions, virology, plant-virus-vector interactions Previous position: Assistant Professor, Plant Pathology, University of California – Davis, 2014-2019. Academic background: PhD, Plant Biology, University of...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Plants
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Spotlight

Meet our faculty: Xiangtao Xu
Academic focus: Ecological modeling, vegetation-environment Interactions, plant functional ecology, plant hydraulics, ecological remote sensing, global change biology Previous positions: Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Organismic...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Environment
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Spotlight

Eastern Broccoli Project on track to meet $100M goal
“I think we’re going to hit it,” said Thomas Björkman, Cornell professor of horticulture and the project’s principal investigator. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of New York state broccoli farms increased from 290 to 535, and the number of...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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FutureCast

Can rice be grown in New York's climate?
“I said, ‘That’s the one I’m looking for, the wetland is good for the rice,’” Badjie said, flashing an easy smile. “Dawn said, ‘No, you can’t grow rice here. Are you crazy?’” Few farmers attempt to grow a warmth-loving crop like rice in the...
  • International Programs
  • Agriculture
  • Plants

News & Events

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Field Note

Ali Cala: Helping New York state hemp growers manage plant pathogens
What is the focus of your research at Cornell AgriTech? Since beginning my graduate work at Cornell, I have been involved in several research projects involving various fungal pathogens of hemp. Powdery mildew in particular has emerged as a...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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Spotlight

New variety challenges ‘Jaded’ attitudes to green tomatoes
The new variety, dubbed Jaded, was developed by Phillip Griffiths, associate professor of horticulture at Cornell Agritech, who bred it from four heirloom tomato varieties. The green cherry is on sale now through local organic seed company...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Horticulture Section
  • Fruits