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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SIPS Community Commits to Diversity and Inclusion
In response to the growing awareness of the need to support marginalized groups, faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students in Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) began meeting last fall to map out...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Buckley elected to American Academy of Microbiology
Congratulations to SIPS Professor Dan Buckley, elected in February as one of 65 new Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows represent an honorific leadership group with the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) elected annually...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Microbiology

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Robert Seaney, forage management expert, dies at 93

“Dr. Seaney was an excellent communicator and was widely respected by colleagues, extension agents and farmers,” said Danny Fox, professor emeritus of animal science. “Through his research and extension program, he had a large impact on...

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Soil
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Field Note

Brennan Hyden: Exploring willow’s potential as a sustainable bioenergy crop
Brennan Hyden is a Ph.D. candidate working in the lab of Larry Smart, professor of horticulture at Cornell AgriTech, where his work focuses on using willow as a sustainable bioenergy crop. For his excellence in bioenergy research, Hyden was...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section

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Communication Professor Sahara Byrne to join CALS senior leadership team

“I am honored to serve the legacy of CALS in this capacity,” Byrne said. “CALS is a college focused on collaborative and innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing our planet and our place as humans thriving upon it.” In this new...

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Department of Communication

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