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2011 Outstanding Employee Award Call for Nominations

Each year the Station Club solicits nominations for an Outstanding Employee. The Outstanding Employee will be announced and presented with gifts at the December  9, 2011 Station Club banquet. Nominators should solicit letters of support for a selected individual and submit all supporting materials to Gemma Osborne, Selection Committee Chair.  These packets will be evaluated by […]

Fun on the Farm a Huge Success

The Station tent at Fun on the Farm had a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. The event organizers have reported over 5,000 people attended the event.  To view pictures on our Picasa Album, click here

Emeritus Professor Dennis Gonsalves featured in the New York Times

Crop Savior Blazes Biotech Trail, but Few Scientists or Companies Are Willing to Follow PUNA, Hawaii — His shoes crunching through volcanic grit on the Big Island’s eastern shore, Dennis Gonsalves walks into a grove of juvenile papaya trees. The renowned plant pathologist eyes the bulbous green fruit stack up the trees’ trunks. In a […]

New Liaison to the NYSAES from HWS

With the retirement of Professor Tom Glover from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a new liaison to the Station has been appointed by the Colleges’ Provost. Patricia Mowery, Assistant Professor of Biology, is now the official liaison to the Station. It is our sincere hope that the Colleges and the Station will continue to build […]

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz: Cornell scientists develop a simple method to see how much sulfur there is

By Amanda Garris Elemental sulfur is wine’s “frenemy”: In the vineyard it is an effective method to keep the ubiquitous powdery mildew disease at bay, but excessive residues carried over into wine can result in a rotten egg aroma. Now a new, inexpensive method developed by Cornell scientists gives the wine industry a way to […]

Cornell raspberry variety extends harvest into November

Cornell’s new raspberry variety, Crimson Giant, is fashionably late. Developed by Cornell berry breeder and associate professor of horticulture Courtney Weber, Crimson Giant was developed specifically for the New York climate and can extend the harvest window for fresh, local raspberries to the beginning of November. “Consumer disbelief is the real challenge for Crimson Giant,” […]

Ontario County Agriculture Fun on the Farm

The Ontario County Fun on the Farm is Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at J DeBoover Farms in Phelps. It is a community event that is held every other year.  The agricultural community invites the non-farming community to a local dairy farm. The goal is to build a relationship of understanding […]

When Apricot Met Plum…

In the Search for Perfect Fruit, Breeders Create Odd, New Hybrids By MELANIE GRAYCE WEST Wall Street Journal For 50 years, the Zaiger family has been striving for a perfect piece of fruit: juicy like a plum, but not as messy. Sweeter, too, with a cherry snap. The Zaigers own Zaiger’s Inc. Genetics in Modesto, […]

Cornell undergrad participates in critical grape pathogen research thanks to Shaulis Award

By Alexi Smith It’s a nasty fungus that can devastate vineyards and has recently begun to spread among grapes previously believed to be resistant, which is why Gillian Trimber’s summer project could prove critical – not only to her career, but to the entire wine industry.   The rising junior in Cornell University’s Viticulture and […]


GENEVA, N.Y., August 31 – On September 9, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Genetic Resources Unit here will give residents of New York’s Finger Lakes region an extraordinary opportunity to see, smell and taste ARS’ vast collection of fruits and vegetables as the unit opens its doors for its second annual Open House.  The […]

USDA-ARS Geneva Location welcomes the arrivals of our two new Research Scientists, Drs. ChihCheng Thomas Chao (Thomas) and Jason Londo

Dr. Chao is joining the Plant Genetic Resources Unit as the clonal germplasm curator responsible for apples, tart cherries, and cold hardy grapes. Dr. Chao has a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of California-Davis. He also earned a B.A in Horticulture […]

Researchers identify how insects resist Bt pesticides

By Krishna Ramanujan For the first time, researchers have identified how cabbage looper caterpillars in the field develop resistance to the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which naturally occurs in the soil and on plants and has been developed into the most successful and widely used biological insecticide. When ingested, the insecticidal toxins in Bt kill […]