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'Aromella' grapes

‘Aromella’ grapes

From Bruce Reisch:

The world’s first wine from our 2013 release, ‘Aromella’, is now available from Goose Watch Winery on Cayuga Lake.

‘Aromella’ is an aromatic, muscat white wine grape that ranks high for winter hardiness and productivity.

Read more about the 2013 naming and release of ‘Aromella’ and ‘Arandell ‘ –  the first grape released from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s “no-spray” vineyard – in the Cornell Chronicle.

Goose watch describes its Aromella wine as “an aromatic semi-dry white wine with distinctive characteristics unlike any other varietal in the Finger Lakes. It boasts some of the favored flavors from the Muscat grape used in the trending Moscato’s such as peaches and tropical fruits, but with less sweetness which is not typical for these flavors.”

Read Goose Watch’s press release.

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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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Via CALS Facebook:

When did it turn to winter??? A few shots of the scene outside the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station this morning after a large hail storm blew through Geneva, NY. There have been reports on Finger Lakes Weather of up to 4″ of hail in some locations!

More images.

Hail in Geneva.

Photos: Rob Way

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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 [ 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

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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