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Recent publications from the SIPS community – September 19, 2019

Lessons from One Fastidious Bacterium to Another: What Can We Learn about Liberibacter Species from Xylella fastidiosa

Kruse, A., Fleites, L. A., and Heck, M. 2019. Insects 10:300.

Dominic Woolf: Studying soil and biochar for carbon dioxide removal.

Stover, D. 2019. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 75:229-235.

Mark E. Sorrells: Plant Breeder, Geneticist, Innovator, Mentor

Gul, A. , Diepenbrock, C. H., Breseghello, F. , Minella, E. , Munkvold, J. D., Paterson, A. H., Kucek, L. K., Souza, E. , Rota, M. , Yu, L. , Yu, J. , Ma, Z. , Deynze, A. , Rutkoski, J. , Heffner, E. L., Silva, J. and Sanchez, J. I. 2019. Pages 1-38 in: Plant Breeding Reviews.

AhFRDL1-mediated citrate secretion contributes to adaptation to iron deficiency and aluminum stress in peanuts

Qiu, W., Wang, N., Dai, J., Wang, T., Kochian, L. V., Liu, J., and Zuo, Y. 2019. Journal of Experimental Botany 70:2873-2886.

Natural variations of growth thermo-responsiveness determined by SAUR26/27/28 proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana

Wang, Z., Yang, L., Liu, Z., Lu, M., Wang, M., Sun, Q., Lan, Y., Shi, T., Wu, D., and Hua, J. 2019. New Phytologist 224:291-305.

Suboptimal oviposition of tephritid flies supports parasitoid wasps

Xi, X., Zhang, L., Zhang, B., Dong, Y., Niklas, K. J., and Sun, S. 2019. Ecological Entomology 44:717-720.

Ferns: The Final Frond-tier in Plant Model Systems

Petlewski, A. R., and Li, F.-W. 2019. American Fern Journal 109:192-211, 120.

An Illustrated Guide to Common Plants of San Salvador Island, Bahamas, 3rd edition

Kass, L.B. 2019. Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas. 183 pp. (Issued Sept. 2019, reprint with corrections of original work published ©2009/issued 2011).

Hort grad awarded three-year FFAR fellowship

-Magdalen Lindeberg

head shot of Maria GannettMaria Gannett, PhD student in the Field of Horticulture advised by Jenny Kao-Kniffin and Toni DiTommaso, has been awarded a graduate fellowship from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR). The fellowship grants $150,000 over three years, with roughly half of the funding provided by an industry partner. Gannett’s thesis research is focused on manipulation of soil microbes to enhance growth of crop plants relative to weed competitors. Her industry partner, American Vanguard Company (AMVAC), develops precision application technologies and is interested in incorporating research findings on soil biological functioning.

FFAR was established as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. The Fellows Program was created to provide professional development and career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists and is led by the Academic Programs Office at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. In addition to a $2.7 million commitment from FFAR, funding for the program is matched by a consortium of industry leaders. By providing early career support to graduate students, the fellowship cultivates supportive relationships between graduate students and industry peers to equip students with the skills needed to facilitate their transition to the workforce and prepare future leaders for food and agriculture. Fellows are co-mentored over the course of the 3-year program by university and industry representatives, and engage with their peers in professional development programming both virtually and at the annual one-week residential sessions.

As described in her FFAR profile, Gannett’s interest in weed control grew during her time in the Peace Corps where she observed the challenges of weed management in rural Senegal. In other parts of the world, heavy reliance on chemical herbicides such as glyphosate is leading to an increase in herbicide-resistant weeds. However, greater understanding of the interactions of soil chemistry, the soil microbiome, and the relative nutritional needs of plants, has the potential to reveal new strategies for weed suppression through targeted manipulation of these variables.

Gannett values this opportunity as the industry collaboration enables her to pursue fundamental research with real applications in farming systems and the program encourages innovation by gathering diverse stakeholders together. “This fellowship is especially unique in that it emphasizes professional skill development with our cohort. I’m really honored to be part of the program and hope I can share some of the skills I learn with the SIPS community.”

Read more about FFAR

Read more about Maria Gannett and her research

Recent publications from the SIPS community – September 12, 2019

Evolutionary characteristics of intergenic transcribed regions indicate rare novel genes and widespread noisy transcription in the Poaceae

Lloyd, J. P., Bowman, M. J., Azodi, C. B., Sowers, R. P., Moghe, G. D., Childs, K. L., and Shiu, S.-H. 2019. Scientific Reports 9:12122.

Economic Responses of Maize, Soybean, and Wheat in Three Rotations under Conventional and Organic Systems

Cox, W., Hanchar, J. J., Cherney, J., and Sorrells, M. 2019. Agronomy 9:424.

Urban Grassland Management Implications for Soil C and N Dynamics: A Microbial Perspective

Thompson, G. L., and Kao-Kniffin, J. 2019. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7.

Nodulation of beans with inoculant carriers from pyrolyzed and non-pyrolyzed sugarcane bagasse in response to different pre-planting water availability

Güereña, D. T., Lehmann, J., Thies, J. E., Vanek, S., Karanja, N., and Neufeldt, H. 2019. Applied Soil Ecology 143:126-133.

Apple Scion and Rootstock Contribute to Nutrient Uptake and Partitioning under Different Belowground Environments

Valverdi, N. A., Cheng, L., and Kalcsits, L. 2019. Agronomy 9:415.

SIPS Seminars – Fall 2019

To view the provisional lists of SIPS section seminars for Fall 2019, click on the Section name of interest below. These lists are intended to replace the seminar listings that were formerly distributed as PDFs. These PDFs are no longer posted online because of their failure to meet the web accessibility standards to which Cornell is legally bound. Listings below are provisional and subject to change over the course of the semester.

Sources of seminar information:

SIPS Sections:

Horticulture (return to top)

September 9
Robert Zarr, Park Rx America
Don Rakow
Horticulture Section, Cornell
“Nature Prescriptions as a Component of Nature  Rx Programs”

September 16
Jeff Perry, Horticulture Section, Cornell
“Intersections between School Agriculture Education and Horticulture“

September 23
Sarah Taylor Lovell, University of Illinois
“The Role of Agroforestry in Promoting Landscape Multifunctionality in Rural and Urban Areas”
SIPS Seminar – contact: GSA

September 30
Peter Davies, Plant Biology Section, Cornell
“The Return of Peas as a Model Plant for Plant Development”
Don Rakow

October 2
Donald Ort, University of Illinois
“Optimizing Antennae of Crop Canopies“
SIPS Seminar – contact: Bob Turgeon

October 7
Tradd Cotter, Author, Mycologist
“Mushroom Farming in the 21st Century”

October 14
No seminar

October 21
Christopher Currey, Iowa State University
“Improving Controlled Environment Culinary Herb Production”
contact: Neil Mattson

October 28
Zachary Stansell, Horticulture Section, Cornell
“Deconstructing Broccoli: Complex Traits  are Illuminated by an Immortal Mapping Population”
Contact: Thomas Bjorkman

November 4
Kim Vallejo, Ag & Markets, NYC
“Connecting Dots: Working within Urban Food Systems to Support Agricultural Producers”
contact: Chris Watkins

November 11
Myla Aronson, Rutgers University
“Biodiversity in the Concrete Jungle: Ecology, Management and Design for Plant Diversity in Urban Landscapes”
contact: Jenny Kao-Kniffin

November 18
Anya Osatuke, Horticulture Section, Cornell
“The Strawberry Special: An In-Depth Look at Strawberry Quality when Comparing between Growing Practices in New York State“
contact: Marvin Pritts

November 25
Bryan Brown, IPM, Cornell University
“Developing an Integrated Approach to Manage Agricultural Weeds “

December 2
Juana Munoz Ucros, Horticulture Section, Cornell
“How Rhizosphere Processes Change under Drought Stress”
contact: Taryn Bauerle

December 9
Todd West, North Dakota State University
“Woody Plant Ornamental Breeding”
contact: Brandon Miller

Plant Biology (return to top)

July 12
Junsik Choi, Plant Biology Exit seminar
“Nuclear Lamina Proteins in Plants and Their Involvement in Pathogen Response and Development”
contact: Eric Richards

July 25
Heather Meyer, Carnegie, Department of Plant Biology
“Investigation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins as Possible Thermo-Sensors to Time Flowering in Arabidopsis Thaliana”
contact: Adrienne Roeder

July 26
Yuling Jiao, Chinese Academy of Sciences
“A Self-Activation Loop Maintains Meristematic Cell Fate for Shoot Branching”
contact: Adrienne Roeder

August 29
Dan Grimanelli, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement
“Deciphering the Role of Heterochromatin in Maize Reproductive Development”
contact: Michael Scanlon

September 6 – Career Seminar
Li Li, USDA, Cornell
“Working for USDA to Harness Carotenoid Metabolism”
contact: Adrienne Roeder

September 13 – Life Science Lecture Series, 4:00 pm, G10 Biotech
Elliot Meyerowitz, California Institute of Technology
“Mechanical Feedbacks in Plant Morphogenesis”
contact: Michael Scanlon

September 20
Joyce Chery, Penn State University
contact: Jeff Doyle

September 23 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Sarah Taylor Lovell, University of Illinois
“The Role of Agroforestry in Promoting Landscape Multifunctionality in Rural and Urban Areas”
contact: GSA

September 27
Yunde Zhao, University of California, San Diego
“Gene Editing Technology in Plants: Optimization and Applications in Auxin Biology”
contact: Li Li and Adrienne Roeder

October 2 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Donald Ort, University of Illinois
“Optimizing Antennae of Crop Canopies”
contact: Bob Turgeon

October 11
Lloyd Sumner, University of Missouri
“Integrated Metabolomics Technologies and Applications”
contact: Gaurav Moghe

October 15 – Weill Institute Symposium
Dominique Bergmann, Stanford University
“Making a Difference: Flexible Development in a Changing World”
contact: Weill Institute

October 18
Sijin Li, Chemical Engineering Cornell
“Metabolic Engineering for Understanding and Harnessing Nature’s Biosynthetic Potential”
contact: Adrienne Roeder

October 25
Chris Pires, University of Missouri
“Impact of Polyploidy and Domestication on Genome and Network Evolution”
contact: Margaret Frank and Gaurav Moghe

November 1
Kyle Martin, Plant Biology Exit Seminar
“When Flowers Play Dead: The Evolution of Brood-Site Deceptive Floral Scent in the Common Pawpaw Asimina Triloba”
contact: Rob Raguso

November 8
Jesse Lasky, Penn State
“Local Adaptation to Environment in Crop Landraces”
contact: Jian Hua

November 15
Paula Cohen, Biomedical Sciences, Vet, Cornell
“The Office of the Vice Provost for Research: Life Sciences Activities and How We Can Help You”
contact: Wojtek Pawlowski

November 22
Shayla Salzman, Postdoc seminar, Cornell
“Ecology and Evolution of a Cycad-Weevil Pollination Mutualism”
contact: Chelsea Specht

November 29
No seminar
Thanksgiving Break

December 6
Maria Harrison, BTI
“Development and Function of AM Symbiosis”
contact: Bob Turgeon

Plant Breeding & Genetics (return to top)

September 3
Hai Wang, Visiting Professor, Cornell University
“Deep learning for plant genomics and crop improvement”
contact: Ed Buckler

September 10
Lucia Gutierrez, University of Wisconsin
“Improving Plant Breeding efficiency with Quantitative Genetics”
contact: GOBii – Liz Jones

September 17
Lindsay Clark, University  of  Illinois
“Novel genomic approaches for polyploids, and their application to Miscanthus breeding”
contact: GOBii – Liz Jones

September 23 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Sarah Taylor Lovell, University of Illinois
“The Role of Agroforestry in Promoting Landscape Multifunctionality in Rural and Urban Areas”
contact: GSA

October 2 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Donald Ort, University of Illinois
“Optimizing Antennae of Crop Canopies”
contact: Bob Turgeon

October 8
Geoffrey Morris, Kansas State University
“GoHy: A Goal-directed Hypothesis-driven method for impactful crop improvement“
contact: Ed Buckler

October 15
No Seminar – Fall break

October 22
Andrew Farmer, National Center for Genome Resources
“Approaches to Factoring Out Complexities of Polyploid Genomes:  or, what’s so hard about n > 2 anyway?”
contact: GOBii – Liz Jones

October 29
Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin
contact: Synapsis

November 5

November 12
No Seminar – Tri-Society Annual Meeting

November 19
Jessica Rutkoski, University of Illinois
“Revolutionizing Global Wheat and Rice Breeding: Insights, Realities, and Untold Stories”
contact: GOBii – Liz Jones

November 26
Grad Student

December 3
Grad Student

Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology – Ithaca (return to top)

September 18
No Seminar

September 23 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Sarah Taylor Lovell, University of Illinois
“The Role of Agroforestry in Promoting Landscape Multifunctionality in Rural and Urban Areas”
contact: GSA

October 2 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Donald Ort, University of Illinois
“Optimizing Antennae of Crop Canopies”
contact: Bob Turgeon

October 9
Tobias Doerr, Microbiology, Cornell
“Regulation of cell wall turnover in gram-negative pathogens”
contact: Teresa Pawlowska

October 16 – Whetzel Westcott Dimock Lecture
Richard O’Connell, French National Institute for Agricultural Research
‘How to subdue your host: Plant manipulation by the Anthracnose Fungi’
contact: Maria Harrison

October 23 – PPPMB exit/career recap
Stewart Gray, USDA/PPPMB
“Getting plant viruses were they need to go: Who knew it could be so complicated”
contact: Bill Fry, Michelle Heck

October 30
Angela Kruse, PPPMB Exit seminar
“A road map to control Huanglongbing: Tissue-specific, molecular analyses of the vector-pathogen interface”
contact: Michelle Heck

November 6
Matt  Tancos, USDA ARS, Fort Detrick
”Microbial-based biological control of invasive weeds: Learning from the past and looking to the future “
contact: Chris Smart

November 13
Patrick Gibney, Food Science, Cornell
“Investigating the physiological roles of trehalose metabolism in S. cerevisiae”
contact: Gillian Turgeon

November 20
Awais Khan, PPPMB, Cornell
contact: Chris Smart

November 27 – Thanksgiving break

December 6 – 12:20 pm, PS404
Maria Harrison, Boyce Thompson Institute
“Development and function of AM symbiosis”
contact: Bob Turgeon

Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology – AgriTech (return to top)

September 3
Camila Filgueiras, Entomology – Geneva

September 10
Ashok Chanda, University of Minnesota

September 17
Margery Daughtrey, PPPMB, Riverhead

September 24
Linda Hanson, USDA-ARS, Michigan
Perspectives on a career in the federal government..and tips for applications!

October 1
Stacy DeBlasio, BTI, Ithaca

October 8
David Gadoury, PPPMB – Geneva

October 15
Srdjan Acimovic, PPPMB, Hudson Valley

October 22
Klaas Van Wijk, Section of Plant Biology, SIPS, Cornell University

October 29
Zhangjun Fei, BTI

November 5
Stewart Gray, USDA-ARS, Ithaca

November 12
Gillian Turgeon, PPPMB, Ithaca

November 19
Kimberly D’Arcangelo (Graduate Student; NCSU)

November 26
Paul Esker, Pennsylvania State University

December 3
Jennifer Grant, NYS IPM

December 10
Frank Hay, PPPMB – Geneva
SLB in onions (TBA)

Soil & Crop Sciences (return to top)

August 29
Sonam Sherpa, Graduate Student, SCS
“Infrared Spectroscopy for Soil Carbon Accounting and Soil Quality Assessment”
contact: David Wolfe

September 5
Deborah Ngunengen Oluwasanya, Graduate Student, SCS
“Cassava flowering – contrasting environmental responses”
contact: Tim Setter

September 12
Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University
“Agroecological approaches to sustainable food systems: Evidence from Malawi”
contact: Olena Vatamaniuk

September 19
Tatyana  Dokuchayeva, Graduate Student, SCS
“Toxic Metals in Soil and Their Effects”
contact: Murray McBride

September 23 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Sarah Taylor Lovell, University of Illinois
“The Role of Agroforestry in Promoting Landscape Multifunctionality in Rural and Urban Areas”
contact: GSA

October 2 – SIPS Seminar, 12:20 pm 404 Plant Science
Donald Ort, University of Illinois
“Optimizing Antennae of Crop Canopies”
contact: Bob Turgeon

October 10
Janani Hariharan, Graduate Student, SCS
“Understanding Streptomyces Biogeography and Trait Evolution in the Soil Ecosystem”
Dan Buckley

October 17
Jiaming Wen, Graduate Student, SCS
“Understanding and predicting the interannual variability of global carbon cycles“
contact: Ying Sun

October 24
Terry Rose, Southern Cross University
“An alternative approach for improving phosphorus use efficiency in cropping systems“
contact: Matt Ryan

October 31
Behrooz Azimzadeh, Graduate Student, SCS
“Fate of agrochemicals at organic-metal oxides interfaces: mechanistic and kinetic insight”
contact: Carmen Enid Martinez

November 7
Fatma Rekik, Graduate Student, SCS
“Connecting Soil Health to Human Health“
contact: Harold van Es

November 14 – Tri-Society Annual Meeting

November 21
Bram Govaerts, Cornell University
“MasAgro: From Science and Farmer Innovation to Impact and Country Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals”
contact: Johannes Lehmann

November 28 – Thanksgiving break

December 5
Lewis Ziska, Columbia University
“Carbon dioxide, climate change and plant biology: The Good, The Bad, and the OMG“
contact: Tony DiTommaso

Digital Plant Science training grant to implement new model for cross-disciplinary education

-Magdalen Lindeberg

Meeting the growing challenges of food security and environmental stewardship will require plant scientists capable of working across disciplines and broadly trained in skills for collaborative project development.  The recently announced NSF Research Traineeship for Digital Plant Science (NRT DPS), led by SIPS faculty member Mike Scanlon and four co-PIs, addresses these needs and brings an exciting new dimension to the training of Cornell plant scientists. The NRT DPS will provide awardees with training encompassing elements of plant biology, engineering, and computer science, experience naviating the spectrum from investigation to translation, and communication and team skills suited for diverse career paths.

Traineeships will provide 2 years of stipend support and continued professional training to 18 students (6 per year) selected from among 8 grad fields. Award recipients will progress through an interactive core curriculum starting with four intensive modules taken in their first semester. In their second semester, they will begin research training with team rotation projects, designed to enable collaborative, interdisciplinary student interactions. Following completion of rotations, trainees will select labs for their thesis projects, with dissertation research likewise conducted as part of an interdisciplinary team. Training in scientific communication, project management, and leadership will be integrated into the curriculum, including the opportunity for 1-3 month internships with industry partners. Courses and seminars developed for the NRT DPS will be open to all students, faculty and staff in affiliated academic units at Cornell, as well as to BTI and USDA-ARS.

Co-investigators and other core participants include Abe Strook (Chem & Biol Eng), Hakim Weatherspoon (CS), Ying Sun (SIPS), and Mingming Wu (BEE), Carla Gomes (CS), Susan McCouch (SIPS), Adrienne Roeder (SIPS), Ed Buckler (USDA), and Willie Pearson (Georgia Tech). Twelve additional Cornell faculty have agreed to participate in curriculum development for the program.

Increasing the diversity of trainees is a major goal of the NRT DPS. Faculty participants will leverage existing connections to minority serving institutions and an external advising committee composed of Willie Pearson, Cornell faculty, and representatives from three partnering minority serving institutions will provide feedback and assessment. Mentorship is integrated into the program through frequent engagement between faculty and trainees and active oversight by designated mentoring teams to ensure that critical training milestones are met. graphic showing timeline for DPS traineesThe NSF-NRT program has awarded a total of $49 million to 17 institutions across the United States to develop and implement graduate education traineeship models in STEM fields.  All of the NRT projects involve research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and that intentionally provides inclusive training for diverse graduate student cohorts.

Read more:

NRT-HDR – September 2019 – August 2024 ($2,998,051): Team training to develop new hardware and software applications for digital plant science across multiple scales

NSF press release: NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program testing new approaches to STEM graduate education

Recent publications from the SIPS community – September 5, 2019

A CLE–SUNN module regulates strigolactone content and fungal colonization in arbuscular mycorrhiza

Müller, L. M., Flokova, K., Schnabel, E., Sun, X., Fei, Z., Frugoli, J., Bouwmeester, H. J., and Harrison, M. J. 2019. Nature Plants.

Signal coordination before, during and after stomatal closure in response to drought stress

Huber, A. E., Melcher, P. J., Piñeros, M. A., Setter, T. L., and Bauerle, T. L. New Phytologist 0.

Heterologous expression of the apple hexose transporter MdHT2.2 altered sugar concentration with increasing cell wall invertase activity in tomato fruit

Wang, Z., Wei, X., Yang, J., Li, H., Ma, B., Zhang, K., Zhang, Y., Cheng, L., Ma, F., and Li, M. Plant Biotechnology Journal 0.

Differences in gene expression in whitefly associated with CYSDV-infected and virus-free melon, and comparison with expression in whiteflies fed on ToCV- and TYLCV-infected tomato

Kaur, N., Chen, W., Fei, Z., and Wintermantel, W. M. 2019. BMC Genomics 20:654.

SIPS welcomes Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in Horticulture

Lynn Sosnoskie head shot
Lynn Sosnoskie

SIPS is excited to welcome its newest assistant professor, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie. Lynn officially started September 3 and will be filling the position of Weed Ecology and Management for Specialty Crops in Horticulture at Cornell AgriTech. Lynn’s office is located in 221 Hedrick Hall and her email is

Lynn is a native of Pennsylvania and most recently served as the Agronomy and Weed Science Advisor with the University of California, ANR.  She received her BS from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, her MS in Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Weed Science at The Ohio State University.  Since her PhD, Lynn has served in research and extension positions at University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Georgia-Tifton, Washington State University-Wenatchee, and University of California-Davis, and has emerged as one of the leading weed scientists in the US. Topics of her research and extension interview seminars concerned glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and the biology, ecology, and management of bindweed.

She is also active on social media in the realms of extension and science communication. Read Lynn’s 2016 interview with Biology Fortified Inc and follow her on Twitter @LynnSosnoskie.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – August 28, 2019

The Evolution of Early Vascular Plant Complexity

Crepet, W. L., and Niklas, K. J. International Journal of Plant Sciences 0:000-000.

Phosphate addition diminishes the efficacy of wollastonite in decreasing Cd uptake by rice (Oryza sativa L.) in paddy soil

Mao, P., Zhuang, P., Li, F., McBride, M. B., Ren, W., Li, Y., Li, Y., Mo, H., Fu, H., and Li, Z. 2019. Science of The Total Environment 687:441-450.

Synthesis and Oligomerization of 10,16-Dihydroxyhexadecanoyl Esters with Different Head-Groups for the Study of CUS1 Selectivity

San Segundo, I. M., Scavée, G. M. L., Pedersen, S. B. R., Segerson, N., Rose, J. K. C., and Clausen, M. H. European Journal of Organic Chemistry 0.

A QTL associated with leaf trichome traits has a major influence on the abundance of the predatory mite Typhlodromus pyri in a hybrid grapevine population

Barba, P., Loughner, R., Wentworth, K., Nyrop, J. P., Loeb, G. M., and Reisch, B. I. 2019. Horticulture Research 6:87.

Insight Into the Microbial Co-occurrence and Diversity of 73 Grapevine (Vitis vinifera) Crown Galls Collected Across the Northern Hemisphere

Gan, H. M., Szegedi, E., Fersi, R., Chebil, S., Kovács, L., Kawaguchi, A., Hudson, A. O., Burr, T. J., and Savka, M. A. 2019. Frontiers in Microbiology 10.

Compost Quality Recommendations for Remediating Urban Soils

Heyman, H.; Bassuk, N.; Bonhotal, J.; Walter, T.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3191.

Interested in the Plant Sciences Research Honors Program? Application deadline September 13

The CALS Research Honors Program provides students with a special opportunity to work with a faculty mentor to experience the research process. The Bachelor of Science degree with “distinction in research” is conferred upon those students who, in addition to having completed the requirements for the B.S. degree, have satisfactorily completed the honors program in their area of major interest and have been recommended for the degree by the honors committee.

The Research Honors Program in Plant Sciences is designed for students interested in seeking advanced training in laboratory and/or field research through completion of an original research project under the guidance of a faculty member from the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS). The breadth and diversity of research interests of SIPS faculty provide students a valuable opportunity to engage in basic and applied research to be well-positioned to pursue career goals. Students may also work with faculty in any department at Cornell as long as the research topic deals with Plant Sciences.

Learn more about the Application Requirements and Procedures for the Research Honors Program in Plant Sciences. Deadline for Spring 2020 graduates is September 13, 2019!

Recent publications from the SIPS community – August 22, 2019

Plant Development: How Leaves Take Shape

Satterlee, J. W., and Scanlon, M. J. 2019. Current Biology 29:R803-R805.

Fungal Planet description sheets: 868-950

Crous, P. W. … Pawlowska … et al.  2019. Persoonia – Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi 42:291-473.

Azolla Sporophytes and Spores from the Late Cretaceous and Paleocene of Patagonia, Argentina

Hermsen, E. J., Jud, N. A., Benedetti, F. D., and Gandolfo, M. A. 2019. International Journal of Plant Sciences 180:737-754.

Organic Compared with Conventional Wheat Had Competitive Yields during the Early Years of Organic Production in the Northeast USA

Cox, W., Cherney, J., and Sorrells, M. 2019. Agronomy 9:380.

Science–graphic art partnerships to increase research impact

Khoury, C. K., Kisel, Y., Kantar, M., Barber, E., Ricciardi, V., Klirs, C., Kucera, L., Mehrabi, Z., Johnson, N., Klabin, S., Valiño, Á., Nowakowski, K., Bartomeus, I., Ramankutty, N., Miller, A., Schipanski, M., Gore, M. A., and Novy, A. 2019. Communications Biology 2:295.

De Novo Genome Sequence Assembly of Dwarf Coconut Cocos nucifera L. ‘Catigan Green Dwarf’) Provides Insights into Genomic Variation Between Coconut Types and Related Palm Species

Lantican, D. V., Strickler, S. R., Canama, A. O., Gardoce, R. R., Mueller, L. A., and Galvez, H. F. 2019. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 9:2377-2393.

On the evolutionary significance of horizontal gene transfers in plants.

Wickell, D. A., and Li, F.-W. New Phytologist 0.

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