SIPS was launched by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 2014 to provide a unifying framework for plant, soil, and agricultural research at Cornell. The five sections are associated with distinct disciplines, graduate fields, and knowledge bases, but are connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists.

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Scientists map soils’ potential to combat climate change
With that in mind, two Cornell soil scientists have helped develop a powerful new tool that will help researchers and policymakers map the global potential for carbon sequestration. Soils Revealed is an open-access, interactive platform that...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Soil
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Worm-like, soil-swimming robots to measure crop underworld
Now, a Cornell project funded by two separate three-year grants will develop worm-like, soil-swimming robots to sense and record soil properties, water, the soil microbiome and how roots grow. A $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant...
  • Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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Researchers identify genetics behind deadly oat blight
The study, “Victorin, the Host-Selective Cyclic Peptide Toxin from the Oat Pathogen Cochliobolus victoriae, is Ribosomally Encoded,” was published Sept. 15 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Victoria blight is caused...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
  • Disease
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Cornell tool connects farmers to Walmart climate goals
To address this need, researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) have developed an online greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting tool, FAST-GHG, to help quantify these emissions in crop production. Walmart Inc. is...
  • Atkinson Center
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Meet our faculty: Louis Longchamps
Academic focus: I research how precision agriculture, on-farm experimentation, data science, and soil, crop and environment sensing can improve the way we manage our crops — to the benefit of farmers and the environment. Research summary: I did...
  • Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section