MS/PhD Field of Plant Breeding

Genetic improvement of crop plants for the benefit of society

Graduate study in Cornell's Integrative School of Plant Science is organized into five Graduate Fields providing unparalleled opportunities to connect disciplines, creatively solve problems, and integrate complex systems, preparing graduates for diverse careers and futures as leaders in science and society.

Students specializing in Plant Breeding and Genetics are prepared with a solid foundation of coursework and participate in cutting-edge research to improve cultivated plant species though the application of genetics and related sciences. Graduates of this program are ready for many exciting opportunities, including careers in industry, research, agricultural extension, international programs, and the public sector.

Most of the faculty advisors in the Field of Plant Breeding are affiliated with the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Graduate Field Concentrations

The MS/PhD Graduate Field of Plant Breeding has two concentrations:

Plant Breeding: Development of plant materials for greater yield, disease resistance, climate resilience, and quality

Plant Genetics: Molecular genetic studies to identify important genes, compare genomes, assess diversity, and develop bioinformatic tools

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What's happening in Plant Breeding?

Learn more about research, education, and outreach in the Field of Plant Breeding

Spotlight

Romar to bolster SIPS civic and urban engagement
Shari Romar has joined the School of Integrative Plant Science’s (SIPS) communications team to help elevate awareness of the School’s longstanding engagement efforts with communities across the state, nationally and globally. “Shari brings a...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Biology Section
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Spotlight

Meet our faculty: Virginia Moore
Academic focus: Breeding for sustainable cropping systems, cover crops, intercropping, polycultures, organic farming systems, Legumes, forages, alfalfa, hemp Research summary: My research focus is on plant breeding for sustainable cropping...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Agriculture
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Egesi earns highest honors for biotechnology work in Nigeria

  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Study: genomic selection approach paves way for faster plant breeding
The ultimate challenge for crop breeders is to increase genetic gain of a crop: literally, to increase the crop’s yield on farmers’ fields. Wheat and maize breeders from Cornell University, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Residence hall names honor McClintock, Hu, Cayuga Nation
For the Indigenous Cayuga Nation, who call themselves Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (pronounced Guy-yo-KO-no), Cornell will use the word Ganędagǫ: (pronounced Gah-NEN-dah-go) – meaning “hill” in the Gayogo̱ hó꞉nǫ' language. This is the ancestral name for the...
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section