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2019 Faculty Annual Reporting

It’s the time of year for the annual faculty & senior academic reporting.  There is a significant, positive change for this year: the college is NOT using Activity Insight(!)  Instead, please send your current CV to the chair’s assistant of your section by the end of February.  Your CV should be a Word document with 2019 activities highlighted in yellow.

Horticulture: Michele Blackmore,
Plant Biology: Karin Jantz,
Plant Breeding: Amy Collins,
Plant Pathology: Michele Blackmore,
Soil and Crop Sciences: Amy Collins,
SIPS Central Admin: Cindy Twardokus,

Full Message from CALS Senior Associate Deans:

Dear Chairs, Associate Chairs, Section Chairs and Program/School Directors and Assistants,

We write to share the 2019 call for faculty reporting of scholarly activity and accomplishment data. To simplify the process this year, reporting will occur via CV collection through a Box folder, rather than data entry via Activity Insight. CALS professorial faculty, including professors of practice and research professors, as well as senior academics, are required to report. Please see below for reporting instructions for the 2019 calendar year.

  • Faculty members required to report should send to their chair’s/director’s assistant a WORD version of their current CV, with all 2019 activity highlighted.
  • Unit heads and their assistants (or delegates upon request) will have access to the unit’s Box file, which will be distributed by CALS Marketing and Communications next week. Staff in the Executive and Senior Associate Deans Offices will have access to all files.
  • Chair’s/director’s assistants should ensure that the appropriate information is highlighted on each CV and upload the CVs to a Box file that will be assigned to their unit/s.
  • To accommodate reporting needs, all CVs must be uploaded by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Please note, the SUNY NCIA reporting process regarding extension/outreach contact hours, as well as data collection for the purposes of updating faculty web profiles, will be handled separately. Please look for communications about those efforts at a later date.

Please expect an email next week to confer access to your unit’s Box file.

Any questions about the reporting process can be directed to the CALS Senior Associate Deans Office (Allison K. Pelletier or Anne Marie Sheridan

Thank you,

Beth Ahner and Amy McCune
Senior Associate Deans

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University
265 Roberts Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853


Giulia Friso discusses medicinal plants for Cornell podcast

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Giulia Friso

-Magdalen Lindeberg

State of the Pod“, a Cornell student-run podcast recently featured SIPS Senior Research Associate/Senior Lecturer Giulia Friso on the subject of ethnobotany in episode 202: Nature’s Prescription.  In the 20 minutes conversation, interviewer Macy Smith and Friso discuss a range of topics from use of plant products as medicine in different cultures, ancient use of hemp for bridge building, and ongoing clinical trials evaluating hallucinogenic plant products to treat depression, addiction, and other disorders.

Friso teaches two courses developed for the Plants and Human Health concentration of the Plant Sciences Major: PLBIO 2100: Medical Ethnobotany, and PLBIO 3100: Medicinal Botany and Drug Discovery. She will also be teaching a summer course on the healing properties of plants to Cornell alumni, the week of July 24th 2020.  Listen to Friso speak about medicinal plants with Pam Shade, the curator of the Cornell Botanic Garden.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 16, 2019

Minimum Time Dose in Nature to Positively Impact the Mental Health of College-Aged Students, and How to Measure It: A Scoping Review

Meredith, G. R., Rakow, D. A., Eldermire, E. R. B., Madsen, C. G., Shelley, S. P., and Sachs, N. A. 2020. Frontiers in Psychology 10.

Hyperspectral Measurements Enable Pre-Symptomatic Detection and Differentiation of Contrasting Physiological Effects of Late Blight and Early Blight in Potato

Gold, K. M., Townsend, P. A., Chlus, A., Herrmann, I., Couture, J. J., Larson, E. R., and Gevens, A. J. 2020. Remote Sensing 12:286.

Contact reflectance spectroscopy for rapid, accurate, and non-destructive Phytophthora infestans clonal lineage discrimination

Gold, K. M., Townsend, P. A., Larson, E. R., Herrmann, I., and Gevens, A. J. Phytopathology 0:null.

Transcriptomic analysis of field-droughted sorghum from seedling to maturity reveals biotic and metabolic responses

Varoquaux, N., Cole, B., Gao, C., Pierroz, G., Baker, C. R., Patel, D., Madera, M., Jeffers, T., Hollingsworth, J., Sievert, J., Yoshinaga, Y., Owiti, J. A., Singan, V. R., DeGraaf, S., Xu, L., Blow, M. J., Harrison, M. J., Visel, A., Jansson, C., Niyogi, K. K., Hutmacher, R., Coleman-Derr, D., O’Malley, R. C., Taylor, J. W., Dahlberg, J., Vogel, J. P., Lemaux, P. G., and Purdom, E. 2019. . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116:27124-27132.

Water potential gradient, root conduit size and root xylem hydraulic conductivity determine the extent of hydraulic redistribution in temperate trees

Hafner, B. D., Hesse, B. D., Bauerle, T. L., and Grams, T. E. E. 2019. Functional Ecology n/a.

Genome Resource for Two Stemphylium vesicarium Isolates Causing Stemphylium Leaf Blight of Onion in New York

Sharma, S., Hay, F. S., and Pethybridge, S. J. 2020. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 0:null.

Genome Resource for Two Stemphylium vesicarium Isolates Causing Stemphylium Leaf Blight of Onion in New York

Sharma, S., Hay, F. S., and Pethybridge, S. J. 2020. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 0:null.

Metabolomics should be deployed in identification and characterization of gene-edited crops

Fraser, P. D., Aharoni, A., Hall, R. D., Huang, S., Giovannoni, J. J., Sonnewald, U., and Fernie, A. R. 2020. The Plant Journal n/a.

Synergies between mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities increase plant nitrogen acquisition

Hestrin, R., Hammer, E. C., Mueller, C. W., and Lehmann, J. 2019. Communications Biology 2:233.

Plant metabolism of nematode pheromones mediates plant-nematode interactions

Manohar, M., Tenjo-Castano, F., Chen, S., Zhang, Y. K., Kumari, A., Williamson, V. M., Wang, X., Klessig, D. F., and Schroeder, F. C. 2020. Nature communications 11:208.

Toward the improvement of total nitrogen deposition budgets in the United States

Walker, J. T., Beachley, G., Amos, H. M., Baron, J. S., Bash, J., Baumgardner, R., Bell, M. D., Benedict, K. B., Chen, X., Clow, D. W., Cole, A., Coughlin, J. G., Cruz, K., Daly, R. W., Decina, S. M., Elliott, E. M., Fenn, M. E., Ganzeveld, L., Gebhart, K., Isil, S. S., Kerschner, B. M., Larson, R. S., Lavery, T., Lear, G. G., Macy, T., Mast, M. A., Mishoe, K., Morris, K. H., Padgett, P. E., Pouyat, R. V., Puchalski, M., Pye, H. O. T., Rea, A. W., Rhodes, M. F., Rogers, C. M., Saylor, R., Scheffe, R., Schichtel, B. A., Schwede, D. B., Sexstone, G. A., Sive, B. C., Sosa Echeverría, R., Templer, P. H., Thompson, T., Tong, D., Wetherbee, G. A., Whitlow, T. H., Wu, Z., Yu, Z., and Zhang, L. 2019. Science of The Total Environment 691:1328-1352.

Phytophthora infestans: the itinerant invader; “late blight”: the persistent disease

Fry, W. E. 2020. Phytoparasitica

Detection of Cercospora beticola and Phoma betae on Table Beet Seed using Quantitative PCR

Knight, N., Koenick, L., Sharma, S., and Pethybridge, S. J. 2020. Phytopathology.

SIPS research represented at 2020 NEPPS Conference

-Toni DiTommaso

SIPS was well represented at the recently completed 2020 Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference (NEPPSC) held January 6-9 in Philadelphia, PA.  The theme of the conference was Inclusion in Science.  A total of seven SIPS graduate students presented their research findings  at the conference including Kate Brown (Hort), Liang Cheng (Hort), Maria Gannett (Hort), Eugene Law (SCS), Uriel Menalled (SCS), Brandon Miller (Hort), and Chris Sitko (Hort).

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Award winners Law, Averill, and DiTommaso

Agricultural Sciences undergraduate, Matthew Spoth, also presented at the conference and received funding support from the ADAPT-N Travel Scholarship to attend the conference.  Eugene Law and co-authors (Kristine Averill and Toni DiTommaso) received second place honors in the graduate student poster contest for their poster titled:  Scientific Literacy in the Weed Science Classroom.

Also attending and presenting at the conference were Lynn Sosnoskie, Toni DiTommaso, Caroline Marschner, and Andy Senesac.

Participating societies in this conference were the: Northeastern Weed Science Society, Northeastern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, & Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Horticultural Science – Northeastern Division.

Next year’s NEPPSC will be held in Gettysburg, PA in early January 2021 and we encourage an equally strong participation by SIPS graduate students and faculty.

For more details on the conference including interviews with several SIPS participants, please see the summary article in Progressive Farmer.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 9, 2019

Experimental sympatry reveals geographic variation in floral isolation by hawkmoths

Kay, K. M., Zepeda, A. M., and Raguso, R. A. 2018. Annals of Botany 123:405-413.

Millimeter-Level Plant Disease Detection From Aerial Photographs via Deep Learning and Crowdsourced Data

Wiesner-Hanks, T., Wu, H., Stewart, E., DeChant, C., Kaczmar, N., Lipson, H., Gore, M. A., and Nelson, R. J. 2019. Frontiers in Plant Science 10.

Evidence for phylogenetically and catabolically diverse active diazotrophs in deep-sea sediment

Kapili, B. J., Barnett, S. E., Buckley, D. H., and Dekas, A. E. 2020. The ISME Journal.

SpinachBase: a central portal for spinach genomics

Collins, K., Zhao, K., Jiao, C., Xu, C., Cai, X., Wang, X., Ge, C., Dai, S., Wang, Q., Wang, Q., Fei, Z., and Zheng, Y. 2019. Database 2019.

Context-dependent induction of allelopathy in plants under competition

Uesugi, A., Johnson, R., and Kessler, A. 2019. Oikos 128:1492-1502.

Characterizing the involvement of FaMADS9 in the regulation of strawberry fruit receptacle development signal

Vallarino, J. G., Merchante, C., Sánchez-Sevilla, J. F., de Luis Balaguer, M. A., Pott, D. M., Ariza, M. T., Casañal, A., Posé, D., Vioque, A., Amaya, I., Willmitzer, L., Solano, R., Sozzani, R., Fernie, A. R., Botella, M. A., Giovannoni, J. J., Valpuesta, V., and Osorio, S.  Plant Biotechnology Journal n/a.

The Role of Carotenogenic Metabolic Flux in Carotenoid Accumulation and Chromoplast Differentiation: Lessons From the Melon Fruit

Feder, A., Chayut, N., Gur, A., Freiman, Z., Tzuri, G., Meir, A., Saar, U., Ohali, S., Baumkoler, F., Gal-On, A., Shnaider, Y., Wolf, D., Katzir, N., Schaffer, A., Burger, J., Li, L., and Tadmor, Y. 2019.  Frontiers in Plant Science 10.

Managing stem-end flesh browning, a physiological disorder of ‘Gala’ apples.

Nock, J. F., Doerflinger, F. C., Sutanto, G., Al Shoffe, Y., Gunes, N., Zhang, Y., Wright, A. H., DeLong, J., and Watkins, C. B. 2019. Pages 163-168  International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium.

Flesh browning development of ‘Empire’ apple during a shelf life period after 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) treatment and controlled atmosphere storage

Koushesh Saba, M., and Watkins, C. B. 2020. Scientia Horticulturae 261:108938.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 2, 2019

Street Tree Diversity in Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Cowett, F. and Bassuk, N. 2020.  Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 46(1):27–43.

The State of the Elms on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.: Operations and Maintenance Guide

Bassuk, Nina, Bryan Denig, and Barbara Neal (2019). Urban Horticulture Insitute special report.

Longitudinal transcriptomic, proteomic, and metabolomic analyses of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck graft-inoculated with ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’

Chin, E. L., Ramsey, J. S., Mishchuk, D. O., Saha, S., Foster, E., Chavez, J. D., Howe, K., Zhong, X., Polek, M., Godfrey, K. E., Mueller, L., Bruce, J. E., Heck, M., and Slupsky, C. M. 2019. Journal of Proteome Research.

Characterizing 3D inflorescence architecture in grapevine using X-ray imaging and advanced morphometrics: implications for understanding cluster density

Li, M., Klein, L. L., Duncan, K. E., Jiang, N., Chitwood, D. H., Londo, J. P., Miller, A. J., and Topp, C. N. 2019. Journal of experimental botany 70:6261-6276.

Increased Rubisco content in maize mitigates chilling stress and speeds recovery

Salesse-Smith, C. E., Sharwood, R. E., Busch, F. A., and Stern, D. B. Plant Biotechnology Journal n/a.

Can dynamic network modelling be used to identify adaptive microbiomes?

Garcia, J., and Kao-Kniffin, J.  Functional Ecology n/a.

 Soil carbon science for policy and practice

Bradford, M. A., Carey, C. J., Atwood, L., Bossio, D., Fenichel, E. P., Gennet, S., Fargione, J., Fisher, J. R. B., Fuller, E., Kane, D. A., Lehmann, J., Oldfield, E. E., Ordway, E. M., Rudek, J., Sanderman, J., and Wood, S. A. 2019. Nature Sustainability 2:1070-1072.

Genome-Wide Association Study and Pathway-Level Analysis of Kernel Color in Maize

Owens, B. F., Mathew, D., Diepenbrock, C. H., Tiede, T., Wu, D., Mateos-Hernandez, M., Gore, M. A., and Rocheford, T. 2019. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 9:1945-1955.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – December 26, 2019

Legacy effects of contrasting organic grain cropping systems on soil health indicators, soil invertebrates, weeds, and crop yield

Jernigan, A. B., Wickings, K., Mohler, C. L., Caldwell, B. A., Pelzer, C. J., Wayman, S., and Ryan, M. R. 2020. Agricultural Systems 177:102719.

Tissue Culture Clonal Propagation of Hybrid White Oaks for the Urban Environment

Sax, M. S., Bassuk, N., and Bridgen, M. 2019. HortScience 54:2214.

Root Growth of Accolade™ Elm in Structural Soil Under Porous and Nonporous Asphalt After Twelve Years

Bassuk, Nina, Gary Raffel, and Miles Schwartz Sax. 2019. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 45(6):297–302.

Root system traits impact early fire blight susceptibility in apple (Malus × domestica)

Singh, J., Fabrizio, J., Desnoues, E., Silva, J. P., Busch, W., and Khan, A. 2019. BMC plant biology 19:579.

HOS15 and HDA9 negatively regulate immunity through histone deacetylation of intracellular immune receptor NLR genes in Arabidopsis

Yang, L., Chen, X., Wang, Z., Sun, Q., Hong, A., Zhang, A., Zhong, X., and Hua, J. New Phytologist n/a.

Novel Bayesian Networks for Genomic Prediction of Developmental Traits in Biomass Sorghum

dos Santos, J. P. R., Fernandes, S. B., Lozano, R., Brown, P. J., Buckler, E. S., Garcia, A. A. F., and Gore, M. A. 2019. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics:g3.400759.402019.

Historical Introgressions from a Wild Relative of Modern Cassava Improved Important Traits and May Be Under Balancing Selection

Wolfe, M. D., Bauchet, G. J., Chan, A. W., Lozano, R., Ramu, P., Egesi, C., Kawuk, R., Kulakow, P., Rabbi, I., and Jannink, J.-L. 2019. Genetics 213:1237-1253.

Genetic Diversification and Selection Strategies for Improving Sorghum Grain Yield Under Phosphorous-Deficient Conditions in West Africa.

Diallo C, Rattunde HFW, Gracen V, Touré A, Nebié B, Leiser W, Dzidzienyo DK, Sissoko I, Danquah EY, Diallo AG, Sidibé B, Sidibé M, Weltzien E. 2019. Agronomy. 9(11):742.

Lead Solubility and Mineral Structures of Coprecipitated Lead/Calcium Oxalates

McBride, M. B., Kelch, S., Schmidt, M., Zhou, Y., Aristilde, L., and Martinez, C. E. 2019. Environmental Science & Technology 53:13794-13801.

QTL and Transcriptomic Analyses Implicate Cuticle Transcription Factor SHINE as a Source of Natural Variation for Epidermal Traits in Cucumber Fruit

Rett-Cadman, S., Colle, M., Mansfeld, B., Barry, C. S., Wang, Y., Weng, Y., Gao, L., Fei, Z., and Grumet, R. 2019. . Frontiers in Plant Science 10.

Biochar effects on crop yields with and without fertilizer: A meta-analysis of field studies using separate controls

Ye, L., Camps-Arbestain, M., Shen, Q., Lehmann, J., Singh, B., and Sabir, M. Soil Use and Management n/a.

Toward the ‘golden’ era: The status in uncovering the regulatory control of carotenoid accumulation in plants

Sun, T., and Li, L. 2020. Plant Science 290:110331.

Mesophyll conductance in land surface models: effects on photosynthesis and transpiration

Knauer, J., Zaehle, S., De Kauwe, M. G., Haverd, V., Reichstein, M., and Sun, Y. The Plant Journal n/a.

Smallholder farmers’ willingness to pay for scale-appropriate farm mechanization: Evidence from the mid-hills of Nepal

Paudel, G. P., Kc, D. B., Rahut, D. B., Khanal, N. P., Justice, S. E., and McDonald, A. J. 2019. Technology in Society 59:101196.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – December 19, 2019

Soil characteristics and land-use drive bacterial community assembly patterns

Barnett, S. E., Youngblut, N. D., and Buckley, D. H. 2019. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Agricultural Productivity and Soil Carbon Dynamics: A Bioeconomic Model

Berazneva, J., Conrad, J. M., Güereña, D. T., Lehmann, J., and Woolf, D. 2019. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 101:1021-1046.

Influence of fertilisation on anthocyanin accumulation and acylation in Brassica oleracea

Socquet-Juglard, D., Manns, D. C., Mansfield, A. K., Robbins, R. J., Collins, T. M., Kroneberger-Stanton, K., Mattson, N. S., and Griffiths, P. D. 2019. The Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology:1-9.

Environmental Influences on the Relationship between Fall and Spring Vigor in Hairy Vetch

Kucek, L. K., Riday, H., Ehlke, N., Reberg-Horton, C., Maul, J., Mirsky, S. B., Pelzer, C. J., Poskaitis, M., Ryan, M. R., Seehaver, S., Wayman, S., and Wiering, N. 2019. Crop Science 59:2443-2454.

Perspectives on Perennial Grain Crop Production among Organic and Conventional Farmers in France and the United States

Wayman, S.; Debray, V.; Parry, S.; David, C.; Ryan, M.R. 2019. Agriculture 9, 244.

Silencing cathepsin L expression reduces Myzus persicae protein content and the nutritional value as prey for Coccinella septempunctata

Rauf, I., Asif, M., Amin, I., Naqvi, R. Z., Umer, N., Mansoor, S., and Jander, G. 2019. Insect Molecular Biology 28:785-797.

X-ray phase contrast imaging of Vitis spp. buds shows freezing pattern and correlation between volume and cold hardiness

Kovaleski, A. P., Londo, J. P., and Finkelstein, K. D. 2019. Scientific Reports 9:14949.

A Seed Coating Delivery System for Bio-Based Biostimulants to Enhance Plant Growth

Amirkhani, M., Mayton, H. S., Netravali, A. N. and Taylor, A. G. 2019. Sustainability 11(19), 1-16

Field distribution and disease incidence of tomato chlorotic spot virus, an emerging virus threatening tomato production in South Florida

Poudel, B., Abdalla, O. A., Liu, Q., Wang, Q., McAvoy, E., Seal, D., Ling, K.-S., McGrath, M., and Zhang, S. 2019. Tropical Plant Pathology 44:430-437.

Bridging Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Research for Strategic Leafy Brassica (Brassica oleracea) Improvement

Swegarden, H., Stelick, A., Dando, R., and Griffiths, P. D. 2019. Journal of Food Science 84:3746-3762.

Proposed revision of the family Secoviridae taxonomy to create three subgenera, “Satsumavirus”, “Stramovirus” and “Cholivirus”, in the genus Sadwavirus

Sanfaçon, H., Dasgupta, I., Fuchs, M., Karasev, A. V., Petrzik, K., Thompson, J. R., Tzanetakis, I., van der Vlugt, R., Wetzel, T., and Yoshikawa, N. 2019. Archives of Virology.

Population Genetics of Fusarium graminearum at the Interface of Wheat and Wild Grass Communities in New York

Fulcher, M. R., Winans, J. B., Quan, M., Oladipo, E. D., and Bergstrom, G. C. 2019. Phytopathology 109:2124-2131.

Understanding the Genetic Basis of Spike Fertility to Improve Grain Number, Harvest Index, and Grain Yield in Wheat Under High Temperature Stress Environments

Pradhan, S., Babar, M. A., Robbins, K., Bai, G., Mason, R. E., Khan, J., Shahi, D., Avci, M., Guo, J., Maksud Hossain, M., Bhatta, M., Mergoum, M., Asseng, S., Amand, P. S., Gezan, S., Baik, B.-K., Blount, A., and Bernardo, A. 2019. Frontiers in Plant Science 10.

Genetic Analysis of the Transition from Wild to Domesticated Cotton (G. hirsutum L.)

Grover, C. E., Yoo, M.-J., Lin, M., Murphy, M. D., Harker, D. B., Byers, R. L., Lipka, A. E., Hu, G., Yuan, D., Conover, J. L., Udall, J. A., Paterson, A. H., Gore, M. A., and Wendel, J. F. 2019. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics:g3.400909.402019.

Congratulations to 2019 MacDonald-Musgrave and McClintock Awardees

-Magdalen Lindeberg

Several awards are given out within the School of Integrative Plant Science at the end of each fall semester.  Among these are the MacDonald and Musgrave Awards, given to persons demonstrating exceptional performance and professional contributions and/or service to the disciplines of soil and crop sciences. Recipients were announced on Friday December 13.

  • The MacDonald Award was given to Dawn Moser, technician in the Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab.
  • The Musgrave Award was given to Zachary Batterman, technician in the Cornell Soil Health Lab
  • The MacDonald Musgrave Student Award was given to Janani Hariharan, graduate student in the program of Dan Buckley.
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MacDonald Musgrave awardees with Soil and Crop Sciences Chair Toni DiTommaso

The Barbara McClintock Graduate Student Award was established by the McClintock family in 1992 to honor outstanding senior graduate students studying in the Plant Sciences at Cornell. Students are selected based on their academic, research, teaching and outreach achievements as well as on their potential to continue an outstanding career in the Plant Sciences. Recipients for 2019 were announced at the SIPS holiday party on December 11.

  • Lauren Brzozowski, graduate student in the Mazourek program in the Field of Plant Breeding
  • K. Ann Bybee-Finley, graduate student in the Ryan program in the Field of Soil and Crop Sciences
  • Morgan Carter, graduate student in the Bogdanove program in the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
  • Zach Stansell, graduate student in the Björkman program in the Field of Horticulture
  • Jenny Wilson, graduate student in the Heck program in the Field of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
  • Mingyuan Zhu, graduate student in the Roeder program in the Field of Plant Biology

Congratulations to all!

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