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James Keach

James Keach

We have more good news at Cornell University today because my PhD student, James Keach, is the recipient of the $5,000 Proven Winners Innovations in Plant Breeding Scholarship.

James is in the Graduate Field of Plant Breeding and is researching interspecific compatibility and trait introgression between Impatiens species and integrating and understanding the basis for resistance to Impatiens Downy Mildew.

Congratulations James!

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plant science signU.S. News and World Report released its rankings of the best university programs on the planet, ranking Cornell #1 in Plant and Animal Science and #3 in Agricultural Sciences.

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berry class viewing blueberries

From Erica Anderson, MPS candidate, Graduate Field of Horticulture:

Last week, students in the course, ”Berry Crops: Culture and Management” (HORT 4420), taught by Marvin Pritts, visited Grisamore Farms in Locke, N.Y. — one of many field trips they’ve taken this semester. Above, they view a field of blueberry bushes turning brilliant red.

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The votes have been tallied. Rachel Hestrin, PhD candidate in the Graduate Field of Crop and Soil Sciences (Johannes Lehmann lab) won ‘Best Poster’ at the School of Integrative Plant Science retreat October 14.

Congratulations Rachel!

Rachel Hestrin

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From Justine Vandenheuvel, associate professor, Horticulture Section:

The HORT 2205 (Grapes to Wines lab class) went to Long Island the weekend of October 4-5 to learn about the growing grape and wine industry there. We visited with Alice Wise, viticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead, N.Y., to learn about her research and extension program. We also had stops at the Shinn Estate Vineyards, and Channing Daughters Winery (co-owned and managed by Cornell alum Larry Perrine).

Larry Perrine guides student Anne Repka in the art and science of a "punch-down" on Lemberger.

Larry Perrine guides student Anne Repka in the art and science of a “punch-down” on Lemberger.

 

Barbara Shinn and David Paige (right) talk with students at a Shinn Estate Vineyards.

Barbara Shinn and David Paige (right) talk with students at Shinn Estate Vineyards.

 

Alice Wise (second from left) takes the class on a tour of her viticulture research at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. (Camila Tahim photo.)

Alice Wise (second from left) takes the class on a tour of her viticulture research at the Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center. (Camila Tahim photo.)

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Miles with Aloidendron dichotoma

Miles with Aloidendron dichotoma

From Dreer Award recipient Miles Schwartz-Sax (MPS ’14) who is studying Plant Conservation in South Africa:

Hope you are doing well and that the semester has started off smoothly. So far South Africa has been an exciting experience. I have had adventures botanizing in the mountains, high deserts, ocean sides, natural areas and already visited a handful of private and public gardens. At Stellenbosch Botanical Garden, I have been busy helping mainly in the curatorial aspects of the garden, so plant identification, labeling, propagation, database management and development and so on.The state of urban horticulture is almost non existent in South Africa, so it has been very interesting to see the creative approaches people are implementing. The city of Stellenbosch is known for its extensive oak plantings throughout the city that go back to the city’s development. The city is currently undertaking a Million Tree campaign and I have been able to sit in on a few of these events to get a sense of how they are planning to go about the project.

Mostly the soils are sandy in this area, so some street tree plantings can obviously deal with the high bulk density. But it would seem they would benefit from the development or implementation of skeletal structural or Amsterdam structural soils.  Martin Smit the curator here is trying to get me in contact with a few municipal folks to see if we can’t set up a seminar or talk to some key folks on soil quality, street tree planting, site prep. We will see how this develops. Things have there own way of working  down here compared to fully developed nations.

As a means of reporting on my activities over here I have developed a blog that you can follow: Dreer South Africa. Hopefully this will work as my way of keeping folks updated on my activities.

All my best and hope you are enjoy the start of fall colors and the bounty of the apple harvest.

See the application and instructions for the 2015 Dreer Award cycle. Deadline is March 2, 2015 .

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Lindsay Jordan

2013 Dreer Award Winner Lindsay Jordan explored cool-season viticulture in New Zealand

From Nina Bassuk:

The Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science offers a wonderful opportunity once a year, the Frederick Dreer Award, that allows one or more students to spend 4 months to up to a year abroad pursuing his or her interests related to horticulture.

See the application and instructions that spells out the procedure for applying. Basically it is quite simple. Submit a written proposal to the Dreer Committee by the deadline (March 2, 2015 in this cycle), which is followed by an informal interview, generally in a week or two. The faculty receives the recommendation of the Dreer Committee and votes on the nominee.

The only obligation of the Dreer award winner is to write to the Dreer Committee monthly while overseas, and upon return to the United States, give a presentation about their time abroad to students and faculty.

Please look into this opportunity seriously. It can be taken as a summer and a semester’s leave or a year’s leave of absence during school or upon graduation. If you would like to talk over a potential idea for the Dreer with a member of the Committee (and we encourage you to do so), please contact Nina Bassuk (Horticulture) Josh Cerra (Landscape Architecture) or Marvin Pritts. (Horticulture).

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Kao-Kniffin in Landscape and IrrigationVia Michelle Sutton (MS Horticullture ’00), Editor, Taking Root, the blog of the New York State Urban Forestry Council:

Jenny Kao-Kniffin’s lab is featured in the September 2014 issue of the trade journal Landscape and Irrigation. (See page 22.)
In the article, Kao-Kniffin offers advice for how grounds people can manage turf in light of New York’s 2010 Child Safe Playing Fields Law, which restricts the use of conventional pesticides on K-12 school grounds, playing fields and daycare centers.

“Some contractors go overboard with adding fertilizers. This can result in extensive phosophorus application, whereas nitrogen should really be the focus when it comes to turf density in most sites,” she says.

The article also details research by horticulture PhD candidate Grant Thompson, who is comparing polycultures of turfgrass species with monocultures. “In the polycultures, we found some moderate increases in biomass and some moderate retention of nitrogen,” he says. He also found more diverse bacterial and fungal communities in the root zones of the polycultures.

On a related note, research at the Horticulture Section’s Urban Horticulture Institute was recently featured on the Taking Root blog, which has replaced the New York State Urban Forestry Council’s print newsletter.

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SoHo members Jeremie Blum and Annika Kreye, PhD candidates in the Graduate Field of Horticulture, load the apple machine in its new location in the entrance to Mann Library.

SoHo members Jeremie Blum and Annika Kreye, PhD candidates in the Graduate Field of Horticulture, load the apple machine in its new location in the entrance to Mann Library.

The apple machine is back for the season, but has a new home: Just inside the entrance to Mann Library.

Members of the Society of Horticulture for Graduate Students (SoHo) hope that the new high-traffic location will boost sales. SoHo members pick the apples at Cornell Orchards as well as manage the machine.

SoHo uses proceeds from sales to fund guest speakers, purchase academic supplies, and support education and outreach programs and other SoHo activities.

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Group shot at August 2014 Horticulture Graduate Field Review

Faculty, graduate students and others in the Graduate Field of Horticulture gathered August 22 in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station for the biannual Graduate Field Review.

In the morning, new graduate students introduced themselves, and a dozen continuing graduate students gave presentations and answered question on their research progress.

During the afternoon faculty meeting, graduate students toured research plots at the Experiment Station:

Horticulture graduate students learn about high tunnel cherry research.

Horticulture graduate students learn about high tunnel cherry research.

Eric Fabio, PhD candidate in Larry Smart's lab, explains his willow biofuel research.

Eric Fabio, PhD candidate in Larry Smart’s lab, explains his willow biofuel research.

Ali Bennett, MS candidate in Phillip Griffiths' lab, braves the rain to explain her work on breeding cabbage and other crops for anthocyanins for natural food pigments.

Ali Bennett, MS candidate in Phillip Griffiths’ lab, braves the rain to explain her work on using anthocyanins from cabbage and other crops for natural food pigments.

 

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