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Recent publications from the SIPS community – February 16, 2017

Identification of Submergence-Responsive MicroRNAs and Their Targets Reveals Complex MiRNA-Mediated Regulatory Networks in Lotus (Nelumb onucifera Gaertn).

Jin, Q.J., Xu, Y.C., Mattson, N., Li, X., Wang, B., Zhang, X., Jiang, H.W., Liu, X.J., Wang, Y.J., and Yao, D.R. 2017.  Front Plant Sci 8.

Aggregate size distribution in a biochar-amended tropical Ultisol under conventional hand-hoe tillage.

Fungo B, Lehmann J, Kalbitz K, Thiongo M, Okeyo I, Tenywa M and Neufeldt H. Soil & Tillage Research 165 (2017) 190-197.

Disruptions of the genes involved in lysine biosynthesis, iron acquisition, and secondary metabolisms affect virulence and fitness in Metarhizium robertsii.

Donzelli, B.G.G., Turgeon, B.G., Gibson, D.M., and Krasnoff, S.B. 2017.  Fungal Genet Biol 98:23-34.

Sequencing of individual chromosomes of plant pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum.

Kashiwa, T., Kozaki, T., Ishii, K., Turgeon, B.G., Teraoka, T., Komatsu, K., and Arie, T. 2017.  Fungal Genet Biol 98:46-51.

Costs and Tradeoffs of Resistance and Tolerance to Belowground Herbivory in Potato.

Garrido, E., Diaz, M.F., Bernal, H., Nustez, C.E., Thaler, J., Jander, G., and Poveda, K. 2017.  Plos One 12.

Plastoglobuli are plastid micro-compartments with integrated functions in metabolism, plastid developmental transitions and environmental adaptation.

van Wijk, K. J. and Kessler, F. (2017)  Annual Review in Plant Biology

Plastoglobule localized metallopeptidase PGM48 is a positive regulator of seneescence in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Bhuiyan, N.H., Friso, G., Rowland, E., Majsec, K., van Wijk, K.J. (2016)  The Plant Cell 28(12):3020-3037

2017 Cornell Pioneer Symposium, “Seed to Start-Up”, to be hosted by Synapsis on March 10th

Synapsis members

Members of Synapsis, the academic and social organization of the SIPS Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics, are pleased to invite the Cornell community to “Seed to Start-Up”, the 6th annual Cornell Pioneer Symposium.

The start-up business mentality is broadly characterized by small size, risk taking, and innovative thinking, and may be beneficial to plant breeding efforts. This symposium features speakers addressing how small plant breeding companies start and find success in a marketplace dominated by larger breeding companies, how large companies evaluate, acquire, and collaborate with start-ups, and how researchers start work on largely unknown and novel crops.

  • When: Friday, March 10, 8:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: 135 Emerson on the Ithaca campus.  A Zoom link will also be made available.
  • Register: Register here if you are attending in person and would like lunch.
  • Contact: Questions can be directed the Symposium steering committee: Lauren Brzozowski, Daniel Sweeny, Matt Baseggio, Kittikun Songsomboom, and Tiffany Ho.

Speakers include:

  • Steven Cannon
    (Iowa State University): Applying modern breeding approaches to the North American “potato bean” (Apios americana), and other underutilized crops
  • Allen Van Deynze
    (the Seed Biotechnology Center and the Plant Breeding Center, UC-Davis):  TBA
  • Richard Grazzini
    (Penn State University, GardenGenetics): Entrepreneurship and plant breeding
  • Neil Hausmann
    (Pioneer): In Pursuit of Predictive Ag: A DuPont Pioneer Perspective
  • Charles Yarish
    (University of Connecticut): Seaweed Aquaculture in Northeast U.S.A. for Production, Ecosystem Services and Strain Development

Dupont Pioneer sponsors symposia at universities around the world to “enhance discussion amongst the academic community and private industry; build key organizational and management skills in future plant scientists; and expose students to career opportunities in agriculture.” Read more about the mission and locations of symposia.

Read more about Synapsis and past Symposia

Recent publications from the SIPS community – February 9, 2017

Plant Development: Differential Growth Rates in Distinct Zones Shape an Ancient Plant Form.

Hong, L., and Roeder, A.H.K.  Current Biology 27:R19-R21.

Accounting for taxonomic distance in accuracy assessment of soil class predictions.

Rossiter, D.G., Zeng, R., and Zhang, G.-L. 2017.  Geoderma 292:118-127.

Mitigating the Economic Impact of Grapevine Red Blotch: Optimizing Disease Management Strategies in U.S. Vineyards.

Ricketts, K.D., Gómez, M.I., Fuchs, M.F., Martinson, T.E., Smith, R.J., Cooper, M.L., Moyer, M.M., and Wise, A. 2016.  American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

Genetic dissection of powdery mildew resistance in interspecific half-sib grapevine families using SNP-based maps.

Teh, S.L., Fresnedo-Ramírez, J., Clark, M.D., Gadoury, D.M., Sun, Q., Cadle-Davidson, L., and Luby, J.J. 2016.  Molecular Breeding 37:1.

Amara Dunn hired as Biocontrol Specialist with NYS IPM

Amara Dunn has been hired as the new Biocontrol Specialist with the NYS IPM program. Amara completed her PhD in Plant Pathology at Cornell in 2014 under the direction of Christine Smart.  Dunn’s thesis was entitled, “Towards Improved Management Of Phytophthora Capsici: Biology Of And Management Tools For The Pathogen“.  She will start in her new position on June 1, and her primary office will be in Barton Lab on the Geneva campus.

The Biocontrol Specialist is to work in both agricultural and community settings and collaborate with NYSIPM staff and other Cornell University faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension specialists to facilitate and lead statewide demonstration, implementation, and research activities on biological control as an IPM strategy. Examples include biocontrol for fruit, horticultural or livestock pests, and for turfgrass, landscape or urban pests. Pests may include insects, disease pathogens, weeds and vertebrates. This position addresses the needs of statewide and regional IPM program planning to cooperatively implement biocontrol solutions in diverse agricultural and community settings. It also addresses the need for impact documentation, evaluation of pest management practices, applied research, and development of educational programs and materials. This position requires multidisciplinary knowledge including, but not limited to, the fields of entomology, plant pathology, agronomy and horticulture.

February Update from SIPS Interim Director Chris Smart

I know everyone is interested to know what is happening with the SIPS Director search.  An offer has been made to one of the three candidates and negotiations are ongoing (the Dean’s office is handling all negotiations). I’m certain we will know more in the next several weeks.

Interviews for two of our four faculty searches were certainly a highlight of the past month!  I had the pleasure of meeting with the candidates for both the Plant Metabolic Biochemistry and Specialty Crop Systems positions. Thanks to the search committees for bringing in such wonderful candidates. As the process continues, each search committees will recommend a candidate to the Dean’s office and with approval will make an offer.  We look forward to hearing who our new colleagues will be.

The two other ongoing faculty searches, Quantitative Genetics and Plant Biodiversity/Phylodiversity, are currently scheduling interviews.  I believe each search will be interviewing four candidates so please look for seminar announcements in the coming weeks.

Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or good news,


Recent publications from the SIPS community – February 2, 2017

Structural basis for specific self-incompatibility response in Brassica.

Ma, R., Han, Z., Hu, Z., Lin, G., Gong, X., Zhang, H., Nasrallah, J.B., and Chai, J. 2016.  Cell Res 26:1320-1329.

Dynamic model improves agronomic and environmental outcomes for corn N management over static approaches.

Sela, S., H.M. van Es, B.N. Moebius-Clune, R. Marjerison, D. Moebius-Clune, R. Schindelbeck, K. Severson, E. Young. 2017.   J. Environm. Qual. doi:10.2134/jeq2016.05.0182.

Within-Field Profitability Analysis Informs Agronomic Management Decisions in the Mid-Atlantic USA.

Kinoshita, R., van Es, H., Dantinne, J., and Twining, M. 2016.  Agricultural & Environmental Letters 1.

First Report of Carrot Root Rot Caused by Rhexocercosporidium carotae in the United States.

Hay, F.S., Vaghefi, N., Ivy, A., and Pethybridge, S.J. 2016.  Plant Disease 101:248-248.

Growing blackberries in a cold climate using high tunnels

Pritts, M.P. (2016).  (International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium), pp. 263-268.

Where are we now as we merge genomics into plant breeding and what are our limitations? Experiences from RosBREED

Iezzoni, A., Weebadde, C., Peace, C., Main, D., Bassil, N.V., Coe, M., Fazio, G., Gallardo, K., Gasic, K., Luby, J., McFerson, J., van de Weg, E., and Yue, C. (2016).  (International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium), pp. 1-6.

Quantitative iTRAQ Proteomics Revealed Possible Roles for Antioxidant Proteins in Sorghum Aluminum Tolerance.

Zhou, D., Yang, Y., Zhang, J., Jiang, F., Craft, E., Thannhauser, T.W., Kochian, L.V., and Liu, J. 2017.  Frontiers in Plant Science 7.

Fire Blight Symptomatic Shoots and the Presence of Erwinia amylovora in Asymptomatic Apple Budwood.

Tancos, K.A., Borejsza-Wysocka, E., Kuehne, S., Breth, D., and Cox, K.D. 2016.  Plant Disease 101:186-191.

Strain-Specific Resistance to Potato virus Y (PVY) in Potato and Its Effect on the Relative Abundance of PVY Strains in Commercial Potato Fields.

Funke, C.N., Nikolaeva, O.V., Green, K.J., Tran, L.T., Chikh-Ali, M., Quintero-Ferrer, A., Cating, R.A., Frost, K.E., Hamm, P.B., Olsen, N., Pavek, M.J., Gray, S.M., Crosslin, J.M., and Karasev, A.V. 2016.  Plant Disease 101:20-28.

Plant communication in a widespread goldenrod: keeping herbivores on the move.

Morrell, K., and Kessler, A. 2016.  Functional Ecology:n/a-n/a.

Confirming Team Trump: Ag Secretary pick will affect every American

Wolfe, D. 2017. [Fixgov blog post of the Brookings Institute] Retrieved from

Nitrate and dissolved organic carbon mobilization in response to soil freezing variability

Fuss, C.B., Driscoll, C.T., Groffman, P.M., Campbell, J.L., Christenson, L.M., Fahey, T.J., Fisk, M.C., Mitchell, M.J., Templer, P.H., Durán, J., and Morse, J.L. 2016.  Biogeochemistry 131:35-47.

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Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 26, 2017

The Northern Grapes Project: integrating viticulture, enology, and marketing of new cold-hardy wine grape cultivars in the Midwest and Northeast United States

Martinson, T.E., Mansfield, A.K., Luby, J.J., Gartner, W.C., Dharmadhikari, M., and Domoto, P. 2016.  International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Leuven, Belgium, pp. 3-12.

The Quest for Understanding Phenotypic Variation via Integrated Approaches in the Field Environment

Pauli, D., Chapman, S.C., Bart, R., Topp, C.N., Lawrence-Dill, C.J., Poland, J., and Gore, M.A. 2016. Plant Physiology 172:622-634.

Paleofloristic assemblage from the Paleogene Río Guillermo Formation, Argentina: preliminary results of phylogenetic relationships of Nothofagus in South America

Vento, B., Gandolfo, M.A., Nixon, K.C., and Prámparo, M. 2017. Historical Biology 29:93-107.

Association of mitochondrial DNA variants with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) symptoms

Hanson, M.R., Gu, Z., Keinan, A., Ye, K., Germain, A., and Billing-Ross, P. 2016. Journal of Translational Medicine 14:342.

Ceratopetalum (Cunoniaceae) fruits of Australasian affinity from the early Eocene Laguna del Hunco flora, Patagonia, Argentina

Gandolfo, M.A. and Hermsen E. J.  Ann Bot 2017 mcw283. doi: 10.1093/aob/mcw2

Separating the confounding effects of farming practices on weeds and winter wheat production using path modelling

Quinio, M., De Waele, M., Dessaint, F., Biju-Duval, L., Buthiot, M., Cadet, E., Bybee-Finley, A.K., Guillemin, J.-P., and Cordeau, S. 2017. European Journal of Agronomy 82, Part A:134-143. (Ryan lab group)

Industrial Hemp in North America: Production, Politics and Potential

Cherney, J., and Small, E. 2016. Agronomy 6:58.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 19, 2017

Engaging Residents in Street Tree Stewardship: Results of a Tree Watering Outreach Intervention.

Moskell, Christine, Nina Bassuk, Shorna Allred, and Pat MacRae.  Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 2016. 42(5): 301–317.

Street Tree Diversity in Three Northeastern US States.

Cowett, F.D. and Bassuk, N.L. 2017.  Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. January 43(1):1-14

The quest for understanding phenotypic variation via integrated approaches in the field environment.

Pauli, D., Chapman, S. C., Bart, R., Topp, C. N., Lawrence-Dill, C. J., Poland, J., and Gore, M. A. 2016. Plant Physiology 172:622-634. doi:10.1104/pp.16.00592

Influences of the combination of high temperature and water deficit on the heritabilities and correlations of agronomic and fiber quality traits in upland cotton.

Dabbert, T. A., Pauli, D., and Gore, M. A. 2017.  Euphytica 213:6 doi: 10.1007/s10681-016-1798-8

Network-guided GWAS improves identification of genes affecting free amino acids.

Angelovici, R., Batushansky, A., Deason, N., Gonzalez-Jorge, S., Gore, M. A., Fait, A., and DellaPenna, D. 2017.  Plant Physiology 173:872-886.

Draft Assembly of Elite Inbred Line PH207 Provides Insights into Genomic and Transcriptome Diversity in Maize.

Hirsch, C.N., Hirsch, C.D., Brohammer, A.B., Bowman, M.J., Soifer, I., Barad, O., Shem-Tov, D., Baruch, K., Lu, F., Hernandez, A.G., Fields, C.J., Wright, C.L., Koehler, K., Springer, N.M., Buckler, E., Buell, C.R., de Leon, N., Kaeppler, S.M., Childs, K.L., and Mikel, M.A. 2016.  Plant Cell 28:2700-2714.

Plant Evolution: Repeated Loss of Floral Scent – A Path of Least Resistance?

Raguso, R.A. 2016.  Curr Biol 26:R1282-R1285.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – January 12, 2017

Eocene lantern fruits from Gondwanan Patagonia and the early origins of Solanaceae.

Wilf, P., Carvalho, M.R., Gandolfo, M.A., and Cúneo, N.R. 2017.  Science 355:71-75.

Model System-Guided Protein Interaction Mapping for Virus Isolated from Phloem Tissue.

DeBlasio, S.L., Johnson, R.S., MacCoss, M.J., Gray, S.M., and Cilia, M. 2016.  J Proteome Res 15:4601-4611.

The conserved hypothetical protein PSPTO_3957 is essential for virulence in the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000.

D’Amico, K., and Filiatrault, M.J. 2017.  FEMS Microbiol Lett.

Characterization of Biosynthetic Pathways for the Production of the Volatile Homoterpenes DMNT and TMTT in Zea mays.

Richter, A., Schaff, C., Zhang, Z.W., Lipka, A.E., Tian, F., Kollner, T.G., Schnee, C., Preiss, S., Irmisch, S., Jander, G., Boland, W., Gershenzon, J., Buckler, E.S., and Degenhardt, J. 2016. Plant Cell 28:2651-2665.

Sewage pollution in New York, USA: impact of the ‘Right to Know’ Act.

Vedachalam, S., Singh, P., and Riha, S.J. 2016.  Water Policy 18:1303-1316.


Magdalen Lindeberg

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