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.
Archive for the “Research” Category
Chris Wien’s 2013 cut flower cultural practice studies and variety trials report is now available online. This year’s research includes:
Wien also reports on variety trials of
To see previous years’ reports, visit Wien’s research page.
Feb 20 2014
Cornell Chronicle article by Amanda Garris details three projects funded by the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI):
Chris Watkins, professor in the Department of Horticulture and director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, has been elected chairperson of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences‘ Commission on Quality and Postharvest Horticulture. ISHS commission chairpersons are specifically involved with the scientific activities and interests of the Society, including guiding working groups and organizing symposia.
Feb 15 2014
The videos feature Ken Mudge, associate professor, Department of Horticulture, who has been engaging in shiitake mushroom research and education for almost ten years. Ken covers a wide range of topics, including the four stages of cultivation, mushroom life cycle, inoculation, maintenance, harvest, and optimizing production with strain selection. These video offer an excellent visual companion to the recently released publication Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Cultivation in the Northeastern United States.
The eXtension Forest Farming website is an excellent resource for growers and features a number of videos on production of other forest farming crops including ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps (wild leeks).
Feb 05 2014
Alan Taylor professor, Department of Horticulture, received one of the five Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart awards for the Spring 2014 program. This program is funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), designed to assist New York State small businesses develop and improve their products through university collaborations.
Taylor will collaborate with Omniafiltra LLC, Beaver Falls, NY, to test recycled fiber and seed combinations to determine the optimal nutrients, seed concentrations, paper densities, etc. that will produce a seed containing paper with excellent biodegradability and seed germination.
“This foundation of information is of great use for those around the world seeking to breed improved grape varieties. It’s extremely important that this collection be preserved well into the future.”
Bruce Reisch, grape breeder, Department of Horticulture quoted on nature.com (the website of Nature, the international weekly journal of science February 5, 2014) in a story about the uncertain funding to relocate France’s Domaine de Vassal vineyard.
The so-called “Louvre of grape vines” is a 138-year-old collection of 7,500 accessions from 47 countries, representing 2,300 different grape varieties, including wild species, rootstocks, hybrids and mutants important for maintaining the genetic diversity of cultivated grapes.
Read the whole story: Grapevine gene bank under threat.
Feb 02 2014
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Grant as director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University. Jennifer has previously served as an Ornamentals and Community IPM Educator, Community IPM Coordinator, Assistant Director, and until now as Co-Director of the program with Curtis Petzoldt. In this role, Jennifer and Curtis have excelled in managing the NY IPM program which affects every area of the state. While maintaining excellent research and extension capabilities in agriculture, the program has expanded to address new challenges in community IPM. I am confident that Jennifer will continue to grow this critically important program that connects campus and statewide research and extension to individuals and communities around New York State.
Jennifer joined NYS IPM in 1989 after receiving BS and MS degrees in entomology from the University of Vermont, and later earned her Ph.D. in entomology at Cornell University. While at Cornell, Jennifer has worked extensively in many areas of IPM including turf grass, schools, and IPM on recreational lands. In her current and previous roles she has developed expertise in all areas of agricultural IPM. Jennifer has nearly 170 extension, technical, research, educational and media publications to her credit and is widely recognized in the IPM field nationally and internationally. She received the Entomological Society of America’s Eastern Branch Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management in 2011. Her golf course IPM research and demonstration work conducted at Bethpage State Park over the last 13 years has helped influence golf course managers to minimize the use of pesticides on many golf courses in New York and the US.
Jan 31 2014
The New York Farm Viability Institute announced the award of $1.24 million in funding for 18 projects to improve farm profitability and sustainability in New York State. Funded projects represent a cross section of New York agriculture, including dairy, field crops, apples, vegetables, berries, and Christmas trees. Economic development projects will develop business and marketing plans for farmers, support dairy farmer discussion groups, assist young farmers, and provide support for grower cooperatives.
Some projects of horticultural interest (with project leader and institution) include:
Jan 24 2014
In a feature story, Creating Tastier and Healthier Fruits and Veggies with a Modern Alternative to GMOs, posted online January 23 by Scientific American, author Ferris Jabr explains techniques used by breeders to speed up the breeding process to meet consumer demand for produce that tastes good and is good for you.