May 23, 2013
May 16, 2013
Masanori Seto, a postdoctoral associate in Tony Shelton’s lab, was honored by the Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester for pushing the boundaries of Taiko, a traditional Japanese percussion instrument, and breaking stereotypes about people with disabilities. For more about Masa’s innovations as a Taiko drummer, philanthropist, and entomologist, click here.
May 16, 2013
North Country Public Radio reporter David Sommerstein interviewed senior extension associate Tim Martinson and his colleagues about the Northern Grapes project for a segment that aired on today’s Morning Edition.
Researchers Don’t ‘Wine’ About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive
A dozen universities are collaborating on a sort of extreme winemaking project: How cold a climate can a grape survive and still make good wine? The Northern Grapes Project is inventing wines the world has never seen before, winning wine awards and creating a new crop for struggling rural economies.To listen to the full story, click here.
May 3, 2013
May 3, 2013
Agricultural research at Cornell will get a big boost, thanks to a $4.7 million investment in greenhouses at the university’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, N.Y.
The two-year project, funded by money released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will reconstruct 21,000 square feet of greenhouses at NYSAES, which were built during the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Construction is expected to begin in May 2013 and will transform the greenhouses into much-needed, state-of-the-art facilities.
New glass, increased eave heights, improved lighting, retractable shade curtains, upgraded cooling and climate controls will not only improve research capacity, but will also optimize energy efficiency.
“The critical research being done today in Geneva requires state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities that can only be achieved through modernization and expansion,” said Thomas Burr, the Goichman Family Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
May 3, 2013
Just read the leaves. Regularly testing leaf tissue for nutrient levels may significantly enhance the profitability of New York vegetable crops, say Cornell researchers.
“Hungry” crops are a common sight in vegetable fields and high tunnels across New York state, says Stephen Reiners, Cornell professor of horticulture and the project leader of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program’s vegetable fertility project.
“A tomato can look perfectly fine, but when you cut into it at harvest you discover the unseen problem that foliar testing would have alerted you to in time to take corrective measures,” Reiners said.
Working with tomatoes and peppers planted in 30×96-foot-high tunnels at Cornell’s Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro, N.Y., Cornell researchers demonstrated how effective regular leaf tissue sampling (foliar testing) is for assessing plants’ nutrient status so that growers can adjust management practices accordingly to optimize crop yields
May 3, 2013
It’s more than mirepoix. Cornell University and Hobart and William Smith College professors have organized a contest, “Communicating Chemistry: Cajun Cooking,” for April 9 during the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) spring convention in New Orleans. The competition will take place at the restaurant Dickie Brennan’s Tableau in the French Quarter.
Conveying critical topics in food chemistry, teams of undergraduate and graduate students will present – in a style reminiscent of television food shows – interactive cooking demonstrations of New Orleans’ regional cuisine.
May 3, 2013
Associate Chair Susan Brown has been named a 2013 winner for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are conferred by the State University of New York to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.
These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.
April 30, 2013
April 5, 2013
Arbor Day is next Friday, April 26. Everyone is invited to participate in our annual tree-planting ceremony. It will be held at 3:30 pm on the east side of Barton Hall. We will have a few remarks from Director Burr and members of the Geneva Arboretum Association.
This year, the tree is a paperbark maple (Acer griseum), a medium sized tree that will help frame the entrance to Barton and make it a welcoming approach from Castle Street.
April 1, 2013
Gregory Jaffe, the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, will present a seminar on April 9 at 3pm in the Jordan Hall Auditorium at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. The title of the talk is “Busting the Myths About Genetically Engineered Foods” and is based on his February 2013 article in The Atlantic. The talk is free and open to the general public.
Jaffe is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety, and has published numerous articles and reports on those topics. He has worked on biosafety regulatory issues in the U.S. and throughout the world. Jaffe earned his BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University in Biology and Government and then received a law degree from Harvard Law School.
April 1, 2013
At the recent International Fruit Tree Association annual meeting in Boston MA, Dr. David Rosenberger of Cornell University was awarded the 2013 IFTA researcher of the year award. Dave grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and then received his PhD degree from Michigan State University. He then moved to Cornell University and took a research and extension position at Cornell’s Hudson Valley Lab where he has spent his entire career. His research has focused on both pre- and post-harvest disease control of apple but he has also done significant work with stone fruit diseases. Over the years his work has focused on practical problems that have an impact on the farm. His work has guided growers for 30 years in how to control the most important apple diseases including apple scab and summer diseases. He also became the world’s expert on post harvest diseases which occur during apple storage and has become the primary source for information on these important post harvest problems. Whenever growers have problem with trees dying or some problem with the fruit, Dave is the person they call. He is one of the best at diagnosing problems with trees and fruit even if the problem was not caused by a pathogen. In addition to his primary research responsibilities Dave has served as the superintendent of the Hudson Valley Lab for the last 15 years and has served as the leader of the entire Cornell Fruit Team for the last 6 years. In his extension role Dave has become a master at translating research information into practical recommendations for growers. His presentations to growers are always well received and greatly appreciated. Dave was accompanied to the awards ceremony by his wife Carol who was also recognized for her support of Dave that has allowed him to make such important contributions to the Eastern North American Fruit Industry.
March 26, 2013
Could the state’s valuable apple crops be saved from the region’s unpredictable weather by… wind machines? According to an article in the Albany Times-Union, enormous propane-powered fans outfitted with 12-foot blades are being installed on orchards across the state. They pull rising warm air in and push it down to the ground, forcing the temperature around the trees to rises enough to keep the delicate cell walls of the blossoms from bursting. It cites research from horticulture professor Terence Robinson, “The most viable means of frost protection seems to be these wind machines,” said Robinson. “A lot of growers have taken up our advice and run with it.”
March 25, 2013