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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New committee drives diversity, equity and inclusion at Cornell AgriTech
At Cornell AgriTech, CALS’ preeminent center for agriculture and food research in Geneva, New York, the success of research and extension activities are also shaped by a diversity of faculty, staff and students. Their unique perspectives enable...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Harvest of generosity
As hunger rose in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Rick and Laura Pedersen responded by sharing the bounty of their farm with their local food bank in upstate New York. “It’s distressing to think about that many people in our community...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Borlaug Global Rust Initiative story map documents dozen years of impact
An international community of hunger fighters called the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) joined forces starting in 2005 to confront climate change and diseases that threatened wheat — one of the world’s most important crops. For 15 years...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Cornell-bred malting barley has a name: Excelsior Gold
Formerly called CU-31, the barley got its name as a result of a contest co-hosted this fall by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Richard Ball, commissioner of Ag and...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
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Next generation cassava varieties approved for release in Nigeria
Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava have been approved for release in Nigeria. These next generation varieties deliver promising options for smallholder farmers in resisting cassava diseases and marketing their...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section