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Tree of 40 Fruit
Art meets horticulture in this artist’s grafted stone fruit trees, using varieties gleaned from orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

The Tree of 40 Fruit Is Exactly as Awesome as It Sounds [epicurious.com interview]

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From Marvin Pritts, Horticulture Section chair:

Last Monday, 15 interns from Cornell Plantations and Cornell Orchards visited the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., to learn more about the research conducted there, including the berry, grape and apple breeding programs and the USDA germplasm repository. Interns also toured the food science processing plant, walked the station grounds to learn about the landscaping, and were joined for lunch by about 20 summer interns from the experiment station.

Cornell Orchards and Cornell Plantations interns sample  berries growing in high tunnels at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., June 30.

Cornell Orchards and Cornell Plantations interns sample berries growing in high tunnels at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., June 30.

 

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Reposted from Station News [2014-06-30]:

nysaes greenhouse exteriorDemolition began this week on the Old Range Greenhouses, as contractors continue with the $4.7 million greenhouse renovation at the Station. Once completed, the multi-year project funded by the state will result in the reconstruction of 21,000 square feet of greenhouses that were originally built from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. The new, state-of-the-art facilities feature new glass, increased eave heights, improved lighting, retractable shade curtains, and upgraded cooling and climate controls, all of which not only improve research capacity, but also optimize energy efficiency.

nysaes greenhouse interiorIn addition to enhancing the capacity for path-breaking research in plant breeding, plant pathology and entomology at the Station, the new greenhouses also improve educational opportunities for more than 50 graduate and undergraduate students who use the facilities, as well as outreach programs designed to engage elementary and high school students.

The project joins several other recent, high-profile investments in the future excellence of the Station, including a new $3.4 million award to the Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship, new funding from the state for hops and malting barley research, and new faculty lines from CALS to be awarded at the successful conclusion of the Station’s strategic planning process.

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From Thomas Björkman:

On May 30, faculty, staff and students gathered at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva for the annual awards celebration:

Meredith Persico and Alan Lakso

Meredith Persico (left) is a junior Viticulture major at Cornell who will be doing a viticulture research project at the Station this summer thanks to a Shaulis scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Geneva viticulture professor renowned for developing the principles and practices of vine balance. Professor Alan Lakso introduced her on his last official day of work after more than 40 years on the faculty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Gutierrez

Ben Gutierrez (right) was awarded the Perrine scholarship to support his graduate studies. Ben in a PhD student with Susan Brown and Ganyuan Zhong, studying the genetics of antioxidants in apples. The Perrine Endowment was created to support students’ research in pomology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Srmack

Bill Srmack was recognized for 40 years of service at the Station. He has been with the clonal repository since just before it was officially founded! He now is responsible for maintaining the thousands of accessions in the orchard of the national germplasm collection. Here he receives congratulations from PGRU Research Leader Ganyuan Zhong and curator Thomas Chao.

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Alan LaksoFrom Lou Ann Rago lar38@cornell.edu:

A Casual Retirement Celebration
for Alan Lakso

Saturday June 7, 2014
Station Club Pavilion
Deadline to register: May 30

  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Appetizers and Social Hour
  • 6:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m. Music by Agonal Rhythm

More info, registration form.

Not one to let the dust settle too quickly, Alan will be attending the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEVnational meeting in Austin, TX in late June to give an invited paper on the new microtensiometer for monitoring soil and vine water status.

And while he’s there, he will also receive an ASEV Eastern Section award for Outstanding Achievement.

Congratulations Alan!

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Mike Nozzolio and Susan Brown

Mike Nozzolio and Susan Brown

Reposted from CALS Notes:

In recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the fields of agriculture and science, horticulture professor Susan Brown was recently honored at the 2014 “Women of Distinction” ceremony at the State Capitol.

Brown, director of Cornell’s Fruit and Vegetable Genomics Initiative and associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), is at the forefront of apple development and genetic modification and has been recognized internationally for her efforts. She was nominated by State Senator Mike Nozzolio.

“It was a privilege to recognize Dr. Susan Brown for her knowledge, skills and expertise as a scientist, as well as her extraordinary work at Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y.,” Nozzolio told the Seneca Daily. “Dr. Brown’s research has centered on the production of apples and ways to extend the shelf life of the product. As a result, the apple industry has been growing and expanding in ways that benefit the industry and consumers.”

 

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 Reposted from Station News:

Terry Bates

Terry Bates

Terry Bates, director of the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) and a senior research associate in horticulture, has been granted the first American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Extension Distinction Award. Bates is being recognized for his leadership in the applied research and extension effort in vineyard mechanization on ‘Concord’ grapes in the Lake Erie region. The award will be presented at the ASEV National Conference in Austin in June.

Because of his research trials, growers now have a new, tested tool – mechanical crop estimation and thinning – to adjust cropping levels to seasonal conditions. Bates also leads the extension effort at CLEREL, which includes a Farm Business management specialist, IPM coordinator, and viticulturist. Ongoing research efforts involve educating the industry on economic impacts, demonstration in commercial vineyards, and dissemination of results to growers. His collaborations have had a nationwide impact as well as a direct economic impact on the Lake Erie region grape producers.

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Terence Robinson

Terence Robinson

Terence Robinson, professor, Department of Horticulture, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Extension Educator Award. Robinson will receive the award at the ASHS Annual Conference at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida at the Opening Plenary Session, July 28.

The award “recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding and valuable contribution to horticultural science extension education for a period of 10 or more years”.

Congratulations Terence!

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Steve Reiners

Steve Reiners

Associate professor Steve Reiners assumed the position of  associate chair of the Department of Horticulture March 1, 2014. Reiners replaces Susan Brown, Herman M. Cohn Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who last July assumed the position of associate director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES), Geneva.

“Susan is a tough act to follow,” says Reiners.  “She’s done a great job working with Marvin to  make the merger of Ithaca and Geneva departments so successful. I’m looking forward to my new position and continuing to strengthen ties between the two campuses.”

Based in Geneva, Reiners research and extension efforts focus on helping vegetable growers enhance their profitability and sustainability by effectively managing cultural practices such as cover crops, soil fertility, irrigation, plant populations and variety selection.

As Department Extension Leader he mentored new faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, and organized in-service educational activities. He also plays a leadership role in organizing  the annual Empire State Producers Expo.

In addition, Reiners co-teaches Principles of Vegetable Production (HORT 3500), and last fall started a new course,Organic Vegetable Gardening (HORT 1250).

In the Low-down on pumpkin season and variety in upstate New York, a video by Ithaca College’s student-run publication The Ithacan (below), Reiners explains pumpkin choices.

Congratulations Steve!

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If you missed USDA-ARS plant breeder and research geneticist Gennaro Fazio‘s seminar this week, From root to fruit — How rootstocks properties influence fruit production and quality – it’s available online.

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