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Grape vine management work nets Cornell doctoral student three awards

Anne Kearney

Doctoral student Anne Kearney earned a trio of awards for research into a vineyard technique to control vine growth and improve grape composition. Photo by Chris Kitchen.

Innovative research on a vineyard technique to control vine growth and improve grape composition earned a Cornell doctoral student three high-profile awards this year.

Anne Kearney, a doctoral student in viticulture in the field of horticulture, studies palissage, an alternative to hedging grape vine shoots in order to control excessive growth. Palissage consists of either wrapping shoots on the top catch wire or tucking shoots back into the catch wires.  The management technique may be beneficial by reducing vegetative growth of the vine and increase the efficiency of pesticide application.

Her research has earned her a 2018–19 American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Traditional Scholarship, a 2018–­­19 ASEV Eastern scholarship and a 2018 American Wine Society Educational Foundation scholarship.

Working with associate professor Justine Vanden Heuvel in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, Kearney has been looking at the effects of palissage on vine growth and fruit composition, with an emphasis on the physiological mechanisms behind these responses. It has the potential to be used as a canopy management tool in wine grape vineyards given that it reduces extra vine growth in the fruit zone as well as cluster compactness, according to Kearney.

“Palissage is emerging as a new alternative for winegrowers looking to fine-tune their cluster morphology and microclimate, allowing them to further improve fruit quality,” said Vanden Heuvel. “It’s great to see Anne’s research efforts being rewarded with these scholarships.”

The process has showed promise as way to reduce fruit losses to disease, particularly in tight-clustered cultivars.

Anne Kearney


Palissage is a technique of wrapping shoots on the top catch wire or tucking shoots back into the catch wires in order reduce vegetative growth of the vine and increase the efficiency of pesticide application. Photo by Chris Kitchen.

Carl Gortzig, professor of floriculture, dies at 87

By Krishna Ramanujan Cornell Chronicle [2018-06-11]:

Carl Gortzig

Carl Gortzi

Carl Gortzig ’52, professor emeritus and chair of the former Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, died June 2 at the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca. He was 87.

Gortzig was also the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director Emeritus of Cornell Botanic Gardens, formerly Cornell Plantations.

His research covered floriculture economics and marketing. He worked closely with the floriculture industry in New York state, and with the faculty in the former Department of Agricultural, Resource and Managerial Economics, including the late Dana Goodrich, distinguished emeritus professor.

“In a period where basic civility is daily being challenged, Carl Gortzig was a true gentleman; he treated all people, regardless of their role, with dignity and respect,” said Don Rakow, M.P.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’87, associate professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. “He was devoted to the field of horticulture, to Cornell and to his beloved wife, Jean.”

After receiving his bachelor’s in floriculture and ornamental horticulture, the Buffalo, New York, native received his M.S. in 1963 and Ph.D. in 1976, both from Michigan State University.

He served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant from 1952 to 1954; taught biology, botany and math at the McKinley Vocational High School in Buffalo from 1954 to 1955; worked as an Erie County associate agricultural agent from 1955 to 1964; and was employed by Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an admissions counselor from 1957 to 1958. He joined Cornell’s faculty in 1965, earned tenure in 1971 and was promoted to full professor in 1978.

Gortzig chaired the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulturefrom 1975 to 1988.

“Carl was a true Cornellian and incredibly dedicated to our land-grant mission,” said Joann Gruttadaurio ’73, M.P.S. ‘79, who served as a horticulture extension educator during much of Gortzig’s career. “While he was supportive of our teaching and research roles, what made him unique as a department chair and leader was his enthusiastic backing for faculty involved in extension and outreach. Those efforts resulted in huge impacts on commercial and home horticulture and 4-H youth programs, and earned him the respect of the industries, communities and citizens we served as well as the university administration.”

Gortzig also held a joint appointment at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, where he was acting director from 1989 to 1990 and the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director from 1993 until his retirement in 1995.

For years after retirement, he continued to teach Introduction to Horticultural Science, and Horticultural Sales and Service Business Management. He also continued to serve on a number of university committees and as a consultant to the Cornell Botanic Gardens Advisory Board.

In 1989, he received the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture, the highest honor of the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association, given annually “to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to horticulture in the state of New York.”

He was a member of the American Society for Horticulture Science, International Society for Horticultural Science, American Horticulture Society, Society of American Florists, New York Florists’ Club, International Plant Propagators Society and an honorary member of the New York State Flower Industries.

He is survived by his wife, Jean.

Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Osatuke honored as outstanding Teaching Assistant

Osatuke is congratulated by Don Viands CALS Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

Osatuke is congratulated by Don Viands CALS Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs

Anya Osatuke, MS student in the Graduate Field of Horticulture, was one of 28 recognized as Outstanding CALS Graduate Teaching Assistants by the Office of Academic Programs at a ceremony held May 11 in the Biotechnology Building.

The students are selected by individual units based on important contributions they have made to the instructional program of the college. Awardees were each presented with a certificate signed by their department chair, an inscribed golden apple and $100 deposited into their Bursar accounts.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Standing: Steve Reiners (Horticulture Section Chair), Marvin Pritts (Director of Undergraduate Studies for Plant Sciences), Sarah Hetrick '18, Leah Cook (Plant Sciences Major Coordinator), Hauk Boyes '18, and Matthew Siemon '18. Sitting: Sitting: Patricia Chan '18, Benjamin Sword '18, and Cairo Archer '18
Standing: Steve Reiners (Horticulture Section Chair), Marvin Pritts (Director of Undergraduate Studies for Plant Sciences), Sarah Hetrick ’18, Leah Cook (Plant Sciences Major Coordinator), Hauk Boyes ’18, and Matthew Siemon ’18. Sitting: Sitting: Patricia Chan ’18, Benjamin Sword ’18, and Cairo Archer ’18.

Class of ’18 Plants Sciences Majors gathered May 18 for the annual senior luncheon, where they provided feedback on ways to make the program even better.

Horticulture Section Chair Steve Reiners used the occasion to announce this year’s awards and recognitions:

  • Ring Memorial Award: Zeran Lin
  • Ring Memorial Award: Matthew Siemon
  • Melvin B. and Helen K. Hoffman Scholarship: Claire Morrow
  • McNair Scholar: Patrick O’Briant
  • Merrill President Scholar’s Award: Nick Glynos
  • Kenneth Post Award: Benjamin Sword and Myles Collinson
  • American Society for Horticultural Science Student of the Year, Cornell: Hauk Boyes (Agricultural Science major, Horticulture minor)

Congratulations Class of ’18!

Cornell research is growing the hard cider industry in New York

Gregory Peck, assistant professor of horticulture, tags apple trees as part of a research trial at Cornell Orchards.

Gregory Peck, assistant professor of horticulture, tags apple trees as part of a research trial at Cornell Orchards.

Cornell Chronicle 2018-05-15:

To say that hard cider has been making a comeback is an understatement. In the U.S. alone, the hard cider market has increased more than 10-fold in the past decade, with sales reaching $1.5 billion in 2017. And Gregory Peck, assistant professor of horticulture, has been paying attention.

Taking advantage of this upward trend, Peck has been tapping cider’s full potential to grow New York state’s apple market. Now he’s at the forefront of a hard cider renaissance.

“The industry has been booming because cider producers are innovative,” Peck said. “Consumers want to experience something different in their food and drinks. Cider has a rich depth of flavor and range of products that appeal to a large and growing consumer base.”

Read the whole article.

Celebration of student botanical art

Samples of the students' work.

Samples of the students’ work, above.

Students in Marcia Eames-Sheavly’s Intensive Study in Botanical Illustration course (PLHRT 3250) displayed their works for the semester at a lunchtime  ‘gallery walk’ in Plant Science Building May 8. Featured artists included Rosemary Glos:

Rosemary Glos

Bailee Hopkins-Hensley:
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Myles Collinson:
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Aliza Doyle:
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Later in the day, there was an opening in B30 Mann Library celebrating the works Viola Yu completed as her capstone project for her Minor in Horticulture with a Focus in the Botanical Arts, including an extensive mural in a nearby corridor. “The goal is to show how beautiful underground and underwater can be, and then to show the diversity of the world and why we should save it,” said the natural resources major. The inspiring artwork celebrates the connections between soil, oceans and the health of the planet.

Viola Yu with her paintings in Mann Library.
Viola Yu with her paintings in Mann Library.

Seminar video: Grapevine Winter Survival Guide

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Grapevine Winter Survival Guide with Al Kovaleski, Graduate Field of Horticulture, it is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Sciences Undergraduate Symposium May 11

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  • May 11, 2018 – 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  • 233 Plant Science Building
  • Sponsored by the School of Integrative Plant Science.
  • All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Program:

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Student presenters:

  • Grant Thompson (PhD candidate)
  • Zeran Lin
  • James Winans
  • Cairo M. Archer
  • Samantha Hackett
  • Allison Coomber
  • William Dahl
  • Jeffrey Yen

2:30 to 3:00 p.m.  – Student poster session:

  • Braulio Castillo
  • Yuqi Chen
  • Felix Fernandez-Penny
  • Annika Gomez
  • Harris Liou
  • Jonathan Price
  • Alan Zhong

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. – Student presenters:

  • Ben Sword
  • Kellie Damann
  • Patrick O’Briant
  • Kady Maser
  • Natalie Roche
  • Patricia Chan
  • Megan Dodge
  • Matthew A. Siemon

Questions? Contact Leah Cynara Cook lcc2@cornell.edu

Hortus Forum Spring Bedding Plant Sale May 11-12

Friday, May 11 – 1 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Livestock Pavilion, 48 Judd Falls Road, Ithaca, N.Y.

View variety list.

Mural connects soil, oceans, planetary health

Viola Yu '18 (Photo: Jenny Leijonhufvud)

Viola Yu ’18 (Photo: Jenny Leijonhufvud)

Cornell Chronicle [2018-04-30]:

A new two-part art installation in Mann Library, created by Viola Yu ’18, celebrates the connections among soil, oceans and the health of the planet in paintings and a mural.

Yu, a natural resources major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, completed the paintings – abstract art representing terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and depictions of animals and human faces – as the capstone project for her minor in horticulture with a focus in the botanical arts.

“The goal is to show how beautiful underground and underwater can be, and then to show the diversity of the world and why we should save it,” Yu said.

Yu’s paintings can be found in on panels in a computer lab in Mann’s basement and a mural in a corridor leading from the computer lab doors to a stairway.

“We wanted to give this highly trafficked area a welcoming feel and let people know it is an intentional space,” said Eveline Ferretti, Mann’s public programs and outreach administrator.

Ferretti asked Marcia Eames-Sheavly, senior lecturer and senior extension associate in the School of Integrative Plant Science, if she could recommend a student who might be interested. Eames-Sheavly reached out to Yu, who had taken her Art and Horticulture class and is one of her students in botanical illustration.

“If a student is doing something like this for individual study, I always emphasize: What are you learning?” Eames-Sheavly said. “When Viola showed me the pieces on the wall, I have to tell you I was blown away.”

Mann Library celebrates the opening of Yu’s paintings with a reception, free and open to the public, Tuesday May 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in B30 Mann.

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