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: Steve Reiners
sr43 [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

Grape flowers

News

Grape genetics research reveals what makes the perfect flower
When today’s growers cultivate new varieties — trying to produce better tasting and more disease-resistant grapes — it takes 2-4 years for breeders to learn if they have the genetic ingredients for the perfect flower. Females set fruit, but...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

Vegetable expert shares gardening advice
It was March 2020. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic were becoming apparent. It looked like the world was going to be in for an uncertain and possibly painful spring and summer – if not longer. “It really had me doing some soul-searching,”...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

Society recognizes Cheng as outstanding horticulture grad student
The American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) has recognized Liang Cheng, a doctoral candidate in Jenny Kao-Kniffin’s research program, as a 2021 ASHS Outstanding Graduate Horticulture Student. Winners are chosen based on their academic...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
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News

Cornell experts advocate for ag diversity, food security
“They’re highly experienced, have managed large farms, have all sorts of skills, and most plan to spend a lifetime in agriculture,” Anu Rangarajan, director of the Cornell Small Farms Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section

News

Romar to bolster SIPS civic and urban engagement

Shari Romar has joined the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) as a communications specialist to help elevate awareness of the school's longstanding engagement efforts with communities across the state, nationally and globally. “Shari...

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
  • Plant Biology Section