Assistant Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Ginny officially joined our faculty February 1, 2021. She comes to SIPS from the USDA Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab where she was a post-doctoral researcher and project manager for the Legume Cover Crop Breeding (LCCB) network, supported by a NIFA-AFRI postdoctoral fellowship. She earned her PhD in Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her research program at Cornell will focus on plant breeding for sustainable cropping systems, encompassing breeding for organic systems, for intercropping and polyculture systems, for pest resistance, and for ecosystem services. She works in a range of species, including cover crops, perennial forages, bioenergy crops, and hemp.
Breeding for sustainable cropping systems
Cover crops, intercropping, polycultures, organic farming systems
Legumes, forages, alfalfa, hemp
Virginia’s research focus is on plant breeding for sustainable cropping systems. She takes multiple approaches, including breeding for organic systems, for intercropping and polyculture systems, for pest resistance, and for ecosystem services. She works in a range of species, including cover crops, perennial forages, bioenergy crops, and hemp.
Virginia is interested in teaching core competencies for careers in plant breeding, and in teaching at the intersection of plant breeding and agroecology. She uses evidence-based teaching methods to promote inquiry and build inclusive learning communities in the classroom.
Virginia values mentorship as a tool to build an engaged, rigorous, and inclusive scientific community. Please contact her by email if you are interested in joining her research group.
- Moore, V., B. Davis, M. Poskaitis, J.E. Maul, L. Kissing Kucek, et al. 2020. Phenotypic and Nodule Microbial Diversity among Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum L.) Accessions. Agronomy 10(9): 1434. doi:10.3390/agronomy10091434.
- Moore, V.M., J.E. Maul, D. Wilson, W.S. Curran, D.C. Brainard, et al. 2020. Registration of ‘Purple Bounty’ and ‘Purple Prosperity’ hairy vetch. Journal of Plant Registrations 14(3): 340–346. doi:10.1002/plr2.20044.
- Moore, V.M., and S.B. Mirsky. 2020. Cover crop biomass production across establishment methods in mid-atlantic corn. Agronomy Journal. doi:10.1002/agj2.20414.
- Moore, V.M., and W.F. Tracy. 2020. Combining Ability of Husk Extension, Maysin Content, and Corn Earworm Resistance. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 1(aop): 1–10. doi:10.21273/JASHS04974-20.
- Moore, V.M., and W.F. Tracy. 2020. Survey of organic sweet corn growers identifies corn earworm prevalence, management and opportunities for plant breeding. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems: 1–4. doi:10.1017/S1742170520000204.
- Moore, V.M., and W.F. Tracy. 2019. Recurrent Full-sib Family Selection for Husk Extension in Sweet Corn. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 144(1): 63–69. doi:10.21273/JASHS04559-18.
- Dawson, J.C., V.M.Moore, and W.F. Tracy. 2018. Establishing Best Practices for Germplasm Exchange, Intellectual Property Rights, and Revenue Return to Sustain Public Cultivar Development. Crop Science 58(2): 469–471. doi:10.2135/cropsci2017.05.0320.
- Silva, E.M., and V.M.Moore. 2017. Cover Crops as an Agroecological Practice on Organic Vegetable Farms in Wisconsin, USA. Sustainability 9(1): 55. doi:10.3390/su9010055.
- Moore, V.M., P.D. Mitchell, E.M. Silva, and B.L. Barham. 2016. Cover crop adoption and intensity on Wisconsin’s organic vegetable farms. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 40(7): 693–713. doi:10.1080/21683565.2016.1181694.
Ithaca, NY 14853
vm377 [at] cornell.edu
- Moore Lab website
- Cover Crop Breeding Network
- Forage Breeding Program
- Google Scholar profile
- Meet our faculty: Virginia Moore
- Plant Breeding
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Master of Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Bachelor of Science
Virginia in the news
Eight graduate students from 1890 land grant institutions across the United States have been selected as part of the inaugural cohort of Thomas Wyatt Turner Fellows at Cornell University. Representing a wide range of research specialties...
- Animal Science
- Biological and Environmental Engineering
- Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
A Cornell-led national network of scientists and farmers is developing new varieties of cover crops that are better adapted to local regions and stressors – changes that could carry a bevy of long-term and sustainable benefits for organic growers.
- School of Integrative Plant Science
- Plant Breeding and Genetics Section