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Iroquois Corn: New book by Jane Mt. Pleasant

New book by Jane Mt. Pleasant

New book by Jane Mt. Pleasant

From Susan S. Lang, originally posted on The Essentials, a daily blog from the staff of the Cornell Chronicle. (Slightly edited.)

Everything you wanted to know about Iroquois corn but didn’t know to ask is available in the new book, Iroquois Corn: Its History, Cultivation and Use from the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service.

The book is written by Jane Mt. Pleasant, associate professor of horticulture and former director of the American Indian Program at Cornell. The 59-page treatise, with 19 illustrations, focuses on the traditional, open-pollinated Iroquois varieties of corn similar to the varieties European colonizers found when they first landed in North America and that are still cultivated today.

The book explores the importance of corn to Iroquois and North American history and culture; the botany of corn and corn types; and planting and preparing corn.

View sample pages.

NRAES is currently accepting pre-printing bulk orders of 20 or more copies. Single copy sales will likely begin in December.

Podcast/video: Wes Jackson seminar

If you missed the talk Monday by Wes Jackson, President of The Land Institute, Salina, Kansas on “The Necessity and Possibility of the Ecosystem as the Conceptual Tool for a New Agriculture,” you can listen to it via podcast (.mp3 file) or view the video below.

Wes Jackson: The Necessity and Possibility of the Ecosystem as the Conceptual Tool for a New Agriculture from Cornell Horticulture on Vimeo.

Grad program highly rated in NRC report

A study by the National Research Council confirmed what most of us already know: Cornell is a great place to pursue a graduate degree in horticulture.

The 2010 NRC study, based on data collected in 2006, compares 4,838 individual research doctorate programs in 62 subject areas across 212 surveyed institutions. It does not give each program a specific numbered ranking overall, but rather produces a range of rankings for each graduate program, derived from 20 key variables.

One ranking, based on a regression analysis linking reputational factors to program factors (the R-ranking) placed the Graduate Field of Horticulture among 29 Cornell research doctorate graduate fields in the top 10 range of rankings.

The Graduate Field of Horticulture ranked second out of the 18 horticulture programs in the plant science category based on the midpoint of the R-ranking, and 31st out of all 115 plant science programs.

“Most of the top-ranked plant science programs are plant biology, plant pathology and similar departments that do not put as much effort in extension and outreach,” says Marvin Pritts, chair of Cornell’s Department of Horticulture. “To be ranked so high in graduate study while also investing so much in making sure our research gets used is what makes us unique.”

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