Plant Biology Section News

CALS News, Spotlights, Field Notes and FutureCasts of interest to the Plant Biology Section community in the School of Integrative Plant Science.

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CHESS receives $20M from NSF for new X-ray beamline

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source $20 million to build a new precision X-ray beamline for research on biological and environmental systems.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Plant Biology Section
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Mandayam Parthasarathy, Ph.D. ’66, whose research shifted fundamental understanding of internal plant structures, died Aug. 7 in Ithaca. A professor emeritus of plant biology, Parthasarathy was 91.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
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 Plant biologist Laura Gunn has been awarded a Department of Energy Early Career Award to study ancient enzymes for potential use in modern photosynthesis.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Plants
Tobacco plants growing in rows in an agricultural field

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Cornell researchers have successfully transferred key regions of a highly efficient red algae into a tobacco plant to dramatically improve plant productivity and increase carbon sequestration.

  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Biology Section
  • Field Crops
Kenong Xu stands in an orchard and measures a weeping apple branch in an orchard at Cornell AgriTech

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Plant geneticists have identified a mutation in a gene that causes the “weeping” architecture – branches growing downwards – in apple trees, a finding that could improve orchard fruit production.

  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section

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