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 Antonio DiTommaso examines a wild oat seedling at the Cornell Weed Garden. Photo: Blaine Friedlander/Cornell Chronicle


Antonio DiTommaso examines a wild oat seedling at the Cornell Weed Garden. Photo: Blaine Friedlander/Cornell Chronicle

Tour allure: Enjoy Cornell’s ‘garden of weedin” [Cornell Chronicle 2013-06-11] – The Cornell Weed Garden is a scientific utopia that features 85 of the Northeast’s most tenacious, loathsome and frustrating plants known to farmers and home gardeners, but sometimes surprisingly tasty to naturalists. “Students appreciate hands-on learning, and the Cornell Weed Garden is experiential,” says Antonio DiTommaso, associate professor of weed ecology and management in crop and soil sciences.

For a Healthier Diet, Go Wild [ABC News Radio 2013-06-05] – “Many phytochemicals are toxic or unpalatable, so it’s a good thing they’ve been engineered out of our food,” says Michael Mazourek, an assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics. “By breeding out the unsafe aspects, we’ve created healthy fruits and vegetables that are appealing enough to be consumed in large quantities.”

New gardens planned for Cornell Plantations [Ithaca Journal 2013-06-14] – The Town of Ithaca Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Cornell Plantations’ Botantial Garden redevelopment project. The three-phased proposal would add a one-acre peony and perennial garden and a quarter-acre East Asian garden around the plantations’ Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center. The new gardens would be designed with meandering pathways that trace the topography of the site and will return the Plantations’ peony collection, which was removed when the Nevin Center was constructed in 2010. The gardens would also include many other perennials, shrubs and small-statured trees that will integrate the center and its parking area into the existing landscape.

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