Purpose-driven science? We literally wrote the book on it.
The first undergraduate textbooks in , and ? Check. The first successful integration of botany and zoology in 1967’s ? Check. A 1925 handbook of that is still a primary resource on the subject? Check.
The research of Cornell CALS scientists, students and staff hasn’t just informed discovery and innovation, but it is also the foundation upon which fields of study have been built.
We accelerate purpose-driven science by supporting inquiry that crosses disciplinary boundaries and stretches from discovery to invention.
The world is complex and intertwined, and bringing global challenges into focus takes more than one lens.
That’s why we focus on three overlapping spheres of inquiry.
We work relentlessly to understand the systems that drive the human and natural worlds. We do this to promote the well-being of communities and to ensure access to sustainable food, energy and environmental resources.
Because no single discipline is able to address the complex problems facing our communities, CALS researchers collaborate across disciplines.
By working in and across multiple scientific areas, CALS is able to address the challenges and opportunities of the greatest relevance, here in New York, across the nation and around the world.
Opportunities include Andrew W. Mellon Student Research Grants, Arthur Boller Research Fund, Kieckhefer Adirondack Fellowships and Grant Proposal Application Instructions
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In the 1990s, he developed the first-ever transgenic, disease-resistant papaya that effectively saved Hawaii’s $11 million papaya industry.
He proposed the five-kingdom scheme of classification for organisms in 1969, adding three kingdoms – Monera (bacteria), Protista and fungi – to the previous two – animals and plants.
Nine plant patents
She holds nine U.S. plant patents: four sweet cherries, one tart cherry and four apple varieties, including SnapDragon™ and RubyFrost.™
First molecular maps
He developed the first molecular maps of both rice and tomatoes.
Red wine benefits
He was first to discover that resveratrol in red wine is beneficial for human heart health.
World’s first “gene gun”
They developed the world’s first “gene gun,” a prototype of which is found in the National Museum of American History.
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Cornell Atkinson will provide $1.6 million in seed funding to support research teams across nine colleges and 22 departments, many with external partnerships.
Microbes are by far the most important factor in determining how much carbon is stored in the soil, according to a new study with implications for mitigating climate change and improving soil health for agriculture and food production.
Humidity is as important as scent in attracting pollinators to a plant, new Cornell-led research finds, advancing basic biology and opening new avenues to support agriculture.
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