People in Horticulture

Our mission

The Horticulture Section serves professionals, students and citizens of New York State, the nation, and the world, by generating and extending knowledge about fruits, vegetables and landscape plants, for the purpose of sustaining the environment, enhancing economic vitality, and improving the quality of life of individuals and their communities. 

Horticulture contacts

Chair: Justine Vanden Heuvel
justine [at] cornell.edu

Chair's Assistant: Michele Blackmore
mb2525 [at] cornell.edu

Ithaca campus
Horticulture Section
Cornell University
135 Plant Science Building
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
Phone: 607-255-8659
Fax: 607-255-0599

Geneva campus
Horticulture Section
Hedrick Hall - Cornell AgriTech
635 West North Street
Geneva, New York 14456
Phone: 315-787-2394
Fax: 315-787-2216

 

Director of Graduate Studies
Thomas Bjorkman
hortgrad [at] cornell.edu

Graduate Field Assistant
Josh Balles
jeb527 [at] cornell.edu
607-255-9573

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Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty, Senior Research Associates, Senior Extension Associates, and Senior Lecturers

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These faculty have primary affiliations with other SIPS sections and Cornell units or with USDA-ARS

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Faculty emeriti and other retired academics

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Graduate students in the Field of Horticulture

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Post-doctoral associates, research associates, extension associates, and lecturers

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Staff members support research scientists, maintain greenhouses and research fields, and manage administrative functions

Horticulture by the numbers

50+ Horticulture Section faculty and adjuncts

100+ support staff, post-doctoral associates & other academics

40+ horticulture graduate students & 60+ plant sciences majors

Horticulture News

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Spotlight

Meg McGrath battles the 'pesto pest' basil downy mildew
Nothing spells disappointment more during pesto-making season than visiting your basil patch only to find your carefully tended crop ravaged. But that is exactly what happened to Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist based at Cornell’s Long Island...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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News

Cornell Atkinson has awarded eleven Academic Venture Fund (AVF) seed grants for research by 40 faculty researchers representing eight Cornell colleges and 19 academic departments. The 2021 awards span 11 countries on five continents and many...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Department of Global Development
  • Statistics and Data Science
Hops growing on a vine

News

The program – to be led by Larry Smart, professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – will integrate AgriTech expertise to help the state’s hops growers overcome breeding and disease-management challenges. Craft...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Craft Beverage Institute
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

A Schuyler County-Cornell pilot project could help New York farmers diversify their crops and give regional food manufacturers a cost-effective source for the popular legume.
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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News

No single organic weed control option works particularly well alone to control weeds in apple orchards during establishment. But strategies combining techniques do work well, particularly using wood chip mulches with organic herbicides. That’s...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Organic