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Gorny and Krause receive 2018 McClintock Award

-Magdalen Lindeberg

Congratulations to Adrienne Gorny and Margaret Krause, recipients of the Barbara McClintock Graduate Student Award for 2018.

Adrienne Gorny

Adrienne Gorny is a graduate student in the SIPS Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, working in the program of Sarah Pethybridge. Gorny’s research is focused on developing tests for soilborne plant pathogens for use by growers and industry stakeholders. As part of her research she has developed an accurate and reliable technique for extracting DNA directly from soil to quantify populations of plant-pathogenic nematodes.  These methods enable growers and extension educators to make informed disease management decisions based on highly accurate information and could eventually be developed into a “one stop test” for other soilborne pathogens including fungi and bacteria.

Margaret Krause

Margaret Krause is a graduate student in the SIPS Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, co-advised by Mark Sorrells and Mike Gore. While at Cornell, Krause first worked with Gore as part of a large multi-disciplinary team in a collaborative research initiative with the New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association. The project aimed to optimize variable rate planting technologies through modeling soil and topographical features in a diverse grower fields. She has also conducted research at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) on aerial phenotyping of wheat for rapid and more accurate yield prediction.

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 (Plant Biology, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, Plant Breeding, Horticulture or Crop and Soil Sciences) at Cornell University. It is awarded annually and 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 receive a monetary award from the McClintock endowment.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – December 13, 2018

Identification of FT family genes that respond to photoperiod, temperature and genotype in relation to flowering in cassava (Manihot esculenta, Crantz).

Adeyemo, O.S., Hyde, P.T., and Setter, T.L. 2018. Plant Reproduction.

Seasonal changes in amino acids and phenolic compounds in fruits from hybrid cross populations of American grapes differing in disease resistance.

Tassoni, A., Zappi, A., Melucci, D., Reisch, B.I., and Davies, P.J. 2019. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 135:182-193.

Dissecting Symptomatology and Fumonisin Contamination Produced by Fusarium verticillioides in Maize Ears

Morales, L., Marino, T.P., Wenndt, A.J., Fouts, J.Q., Holland, J.B., and Nelson, R.J. 2018. Phytopathology 108:1475-1485.

Grape Sour Rot: A Four-Way Interaction Involving the Host, Yeast, Acetic Acid Bacteria, and Insects

Hall, M.E., Loeb, G.M., Cadle-Davidson, L., Evans, K.J., and Wilcox, W.F. 2018. Phytopathology 108:1429-1442.

Response to Comment on “Contrasting carbon cycle responses of the tropical continents to the 2015–2016 El Niño”

Liu, J., Bowman, K.W., Schimel, D., Parazoo, N.C., Jiang, Z., Lee, M., Bloom, A.A., Wunch, D., Frankenberg, C., Sun, Y., O’Dell, C.W., Gurney, K.R., Menemenlis, D., Gierach, M., Crisp, D., and Eldering, A. 2018. . Science 362:eaat1211.

Nitrogen Biogeochemistry of an Urban Rooftop Farm

Harada, Y., Whitlow, T.H., Templer, P.H., Howarth, R.W., Walter, M.T., Bassuk, N.L., and Russell-Anelli, J. 2018. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6.

Removal of chlorpyrifos in recirculating vertical flow constructed wetlands with five wetland plant species

Tang, X.-Y., Yang, Y., McBride, M.B., Tao, R., Dai, Y.-N., and Zhang, X.-M. 2019. Chemosphere 216:195-202.

HS-SPME-GC-MS Analyses of Volatiles in Plant Populations—Quantitating Compound × Individual Matrix Effects

Burzynski-Chang, E., Ryona, I., Reisch, B., Gonda, I., Foolad, M., Giovannoni, J., and Sacks, G. 2018. Molecules 23:2436.

Learning from farmers to improve sorghum breeding objectives and adoption in Mali

Diallo, C., Isaacs, K., Gracen, V., Touré, A., Weltzien Rattunde, E., Danquah, E.Y., Sidibé, M., Dzidzienyo, D.K., Rattunde, F., Nébié, B., Sylla, A., and Tongoona, P.B. 2018. . Journal of Crop Improvement 32:829-846.

Effects of Pre- and Postanthesis Applications of Demethylation Inhibitor Fungicides on Fusarium Head Blight and Deoxynivalenol in Spring and Winter Wheat.

Paul, P.A., Bradley, C.A., Madden, L.V., Dalla Lana, F., Bergstrom, G.C., Dill-Macky, R., Wise, K.A., Esker, P.D., McMullen, M., Grybauskas, A., Kirk, W.W., Milus, E., and Ruden, K. 2018 Plant Disease 102:2500-2510.

Enhanced Cu and Cd sorption after soil aging of woodchip-derived biochar: What were the driving factors?

Rechberger, M.V., Kloss, S., Wang, S.-L., Lehmann, J., Rennhofer, H., Ottner, F., Wriessnig, K., Daudin, G., Lichtenegger, H., Soja, G., and Zehetner, F. 2019.  Chemosphere 216:463-471.

Tecia solanivora infestation increases tuber starch accumulation in Pastusa Suprema potatoes.

Kumar, P., Garrido, E., Zhao, K., Zheng, Y., Alseekh, S., Vargas-Ortiz, E., Fernie, A.R., Fei, Z., Poveda, K., and Jander, G. 2018. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 60:1083-1096.

Chang, Collins, and Law receive MacDonald Musgrave Awards for 2018

Awardees Chang, Collins, and Law with Soil and Crop Sciences Chair Toni DiTommaso

-Leslie Larson

On Friday, December 7th, three outstanding members of the SIPS Soil and Crop Sciences Section were recognized at the annual MacDonald Musgrave Awards ceremony. These awards, the highest honors bestowed by the Section, represent the desire of two crop science faculty members, Dr. Robert Musgrave and Dr. Harry MacDonald, to recognize outstanding accomplishments with the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences, at the time known as the Department of Agronomy.  Recipients were Christine Yao-Yun Chang, Post-Doctoral Associate with the Sun research group, Amy Collins, Assistant to the Chair, and Eugene Law, PhD candidate. The awards were presented by SCS Chair, Professor Antonio DiTommaso.

Christine Chang is recognized for her innovations in using advanced sensing and computing technology for digital agriculture. Christine mentors the students working in the Sun lab, leads field crews in collecting data critical to the research program and creates collaborative opportunities between the Sun program and others doing related work in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, the section of Plant Breeding and Genetics and the College of Engineering, as well as within Soil and Crop Sciences. She has also been awarded a USDA NIFA post-doctoral research fellowship in 2018, one of the most prestigious awards for post-doctoral associates in the field of agricultural research.

Amy Collins is the Assistant to the Chair for the sections of Soil and Crop Sciences and Plant Breeding and Genetics, where she is recognized for her expert service to both programs. In addition to her expertise in performing her role, she is known for modeling the ideals of Cornell’s skills for success. As the first person visitors and new section members meet when they join SCS, Amy’s welcoming and inclusive manner showcase the type of caring, accepting culture that SCS strives to cultivate.

Eugene Law was awarded the graduate student MacDonald Musgrave award. In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Eugene is recognized for the time and energy he has contributed to social justice and equity issues at Cornell. He is currently the Chair of the Diversity and International Students Committee of the GPSA, a Graduate Facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue Project, and participates on the SIPS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. In Spring 2018, Eugene served on the Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate and was awarded the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement’s Diversity and Inclusion Change Agent Award, among numerous other awards and acknowledgements. His contributions beyond campus include volunteer work with a local Boy Scout troop and as a STEM mentor in the Syracuse City School District.

In addition to awarding the MacDonald Musgrave Awards, Toni DiTommaso presented Tim Setter with a McGraw Tower desk clock for his many years of service as Section Chair for Soil and Crop Sciences. Harold van Es and Jeffrey Melkonian were recognized for their role in development of Adapt-N, winner of the $1M Tulane Prize.


Recent publications from the SIPS community – December 6, 2018

Distribution and Variation of Bacterial Endosymbiont and “Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus” Titer in the Huanglongbing Insect Vector, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama.

Hosseinzadeh, S., Shams-Bakhsh, M., Mann, M., Fattah-Hosseini, S., Bagheri, A., Mehrabadi, M., and Heck, M. 2018. Microbial Ecology.

Plant Secondary Metabolite Diversity and Species Interactions.

Kessler, A., and Kalske, A. 2018. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 49:115-138.

Genome-Wide Association Study Using Historical Breeding Populations Discovers Genomic Regions Involved in High-Quality Rice

Quero, G., Gutiérrez, L., Monteverde, E., Blanco, P., Pérez de Vida, F., Rosas, J., Fernández, S., Garaycochea, S., McCouch, S., Berberian, N., Simondi, S., and Bonnecarrère, V. 2018. The Plant Genome 11.

Linkage and association analysis of dihydrochalcones phloridzin, sieboldin, and trilobatin in Malus.

2018. Gutierrez, B., Arro, J., Zhong, G.-Y., and Brown, S. 2018. Tree Genetics & Genomes 14:91

Tripsacum de novo transcriptome assemblies reveal parallel gene evolution with maize after ancient polyploidy.

Gault, C., Kremling, K., and Buckler, E.S. 2018. The Plant Genome.

Soil health assessment for coffee farms on andosols in Colombia.

Rekik, F., van Es, H., Hernandez-Aguilera, J.N., and Gómez, M.I. 2018. Geoderma Regional 14:e00176.

Rethinking Invasion Impacts across Multiple Field Sites Using European Swallowwort (Vincetoxicum rossicum) as a Model Invader.

Thompson, G.L., Bell, T.H., and Kao-Kniffin, J. 2018.  Invasive Plant Science and Management 11:109-116.

Transcriptomic and functional analysis of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) fruit phloem during early development.

Sui, X., Nie, J., Li, X., Scanlon, M.J., Zhang, C., Zheng, Y., Ma, S., Shan, N., Fei, Z., Turgeon, R., and Zhang, Z. 2018. The Plant Journal 96:982-996.

December update from SIPS director Chris Smart

Dear SIPS Community,

HOLIDAY PARTY! Please join us for the annual SIPS Holiday Party Wednesday December 12 from 3-6 PM in the Statler Hotel, Ballroom.

SAVE THE DATE – SIPS-wide meetings with the Director. Please attend if at all possible, I will be discussing our program review, building renovations, and other important items.

  • SIPS-wide faculty meeting December 6, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, 404 PS
  • SIPS-wide staff meeting December 6, 2018, 3-4 PM 404 PS
  • SIPS-wide graduate student meeting December 11, 2018 3:00 – 4:00 PM G22 PS
  • SIPS-wide postdoc meeting December 13, 2018, 1:15-2:15 PM G22 PS
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with students and postdocs, December 14, 2018, A134 Barton
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with faculty, December 14, 2018, A134 Barton Lab
  • Geneva campus SIPS meeting with staff, December 17, 2018, 10-11 AM, A134 Barton Lab

Faculty search updates: Please forward position links to potential applicants!

  • Assistant Professor: Grape Disease Ecology & Epidemiology. Zoom interviews of seven candidates will occur this week.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Specialty Crop Systems. Position description can be found at Review of applications will begin Dec 10.
  • Assistant/Associate Professor: Breeding for Sustainable Forage Cropping Systems. Position description can be found at

Review of applications will begin Feb 1.

Congratulations to the following people who were recognized with a SIPS Kudos in the last month! Thanks for your effort and passion in support of SIPS

  • Peter Davies, PhD (going above and beyond)
  • Jackie Armstrong (strong team spirit)
  • Michele Blackmore (going above and beyond)
  • Travis Johns (going above and beyond)
  • Alexandra Bennett (going above and beyond)

PLEASE remember to recognize people in our SIPS community that have gone out of their way to enhance our School. All you have to do is complete the brief form here:

All the best,


SIPS art committee forming

-Craig Cramer

Pendant by Kendra Hutchins

Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Kirsten Kurtz and Craig Cramer along with other members of the SIPS community are forming an informal art committee. Goals include affirming how creativity drives our work and enriches our lives as SIPS students, staff and faculty, finding places that need art and art that needs places to enliven our surroundings, and sponsoring arts-based activities.

The committee has launched an Instagram account to start highlighting how we find the art in our science: @artofcornellsips  (

Are you interested in the synergies between plant science and the arts? Email: and we’ll let you know about our next meeting and keep you informed of how you can get involved.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – November 28, 2018

Convergent evolution of effector protease recognition by Arabidopsis and barley. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.

Carter, M.E., Helm, M., Chapman, A., Wan, E., Restrepo Sierra, A.M., Innes, R., Bogdanove, A.J., and Wise, R.P. 2018.

Antioxidant metabolism in stem and calyx end tissues in relation to flesh browning development during storage of 1-methylcyclopropene treated ‘Empire’ apples.

Lee, J., Cheng, L., Rudell, D.R., Nock, J.F., and Watkins, C.B. 2019. Postharvest Biology and Technology 149:66-73.

Plant Cell Biology: From Astronomy to Zoology.

Wayne, R. O. Academic Press, 2018

Increased phloridzin content associated with russeting in apple (Malus domestica (Suckow) Borkh.) fruit.

Gutierrez, B.L., Zhong, G.-Y., and Brown, S.K. 2018.  Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 65:2135-2149.

Corn Density Effect on Interseeded Cover Crops, Weeds, and Grain Yield.

Youngerman, C.Z., DiTommaso, A., Curran, W.S., Mirsky, S.B., and Ryan, M.R. 2018.  Agronomy Journal 110:2478-2487.

Cross-scale integration of mycorrhizal function.

Martin, F.M., Harrison, M.J., Lennon, S., Lindahl, B., Öpik, M., Polle, A., Requena, N., and Selosse, M.-A. 2018.  New Phytologist 220:941-946.

The Number of Meiotic Double-Strand Breaks Influences Crossover Distribution in Arabidopsis.

Xue, M., Wang, J., Jiang, L., Wang, M., Wolfe, S., Pawlowski, W.P., Wang, Y., and He, Y. 2018.  The Plant Cell 30:2628-2638.

Crystal structure of the ligand-binding domain of a LysR-type transcriptional regulator: transcriptional activation via a rotary switch.

Kim, Y., Chhor, G., Tsai, C.S., Winans, J.B., Jedrzejczak, R., Joachimiak, A., and Winans, S.C. 2018. Molecular Microbiology 110:550-561.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – November 22, 2018

Paecilomyces niveus: Pathogenicity in the Orchard and Sensitivity to Three Fungicides.

Biango-Daniels, M.N., Ayer, K.M., Cox, K.D., and Hodge, K.T. 2018. Plant Disease:PDIS-04-18-0695-RE.

Agronomic and Economic Performance of Maize, Soybean, and Wheat in Different Rotations during the Transition to an Organic Cropping System

Cox, W., Hanchar, J., and Cherney, J. 2018. Agronomy 8:192.

Accumulation of phosphoinositides in distinct regions of the periarbuscular membrane.

Ivanov, S., and Harrison, M.J. New Phytologist 0.

Long-term performance of ‘Gala’, Fuji’ and ‘Honeycrisp’ apple trees grafted on Geneva® rootstocks and trained to four production systems under New York State climatic conditions

Reig, G., Lordan, J., Miranda Sazo, M., Hoying, S., Fargione, M., Reginato, G., Donahue, D.J., Francescatto, P., Fazio, G., and Robinson, T. 2019. Scientia Horticulturae 244:277-293.

Long-term effects of tree density and tree shape on apple orchard performance, a 20 year study – part 2, economic analysis

Lordan, J., Gomez, M., Francescatto, P., and Robinson, T.L. 2019. Scientia Horticulturae 244:435-444.

Expanding the BLUP alphabet for genomic prediction adaptable to the genetic architectures of complex traits

Wang, J., Zhou, Z., Zhang, Z., Li, H., Liu, D., Zhang, Q., Bradbury, P.J., Buckler, E.S., and Zhang, Z. 2018. Heredity 121:648-662.

Balancing selection at nonself recognition loci in the chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica, demonstrated by trans-species polymorphisms, positive selection, and even allele frequencies

Milgroom, M.G., Smith, M.L., Drott, M.T., and Nuss, D.L. 2018. Heredity 121:511-523.

The carbon sequestration potential of terrestrial ecosystems

Lal, R., Smith, P., Jungkunst, H.F., Mitsch, W.J., Lehmann, J., Nair, P.K.R., McBratney, A.B., de Moraes Sá, J.C., Schneider, J., Zinn, Y.L., Skorupa, A.L.A., Zhang, H.-L., Minasny, B., Srinivasrao, C., and Ravindranath, N.H. 2018. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 73:145A-152A.

Bulked-Segregant Analysis Coupled to Whole Genome Sequencing (BSA-Seq) for Rapid Gene Cloning in Maize

Klein, H., Xiao, Y., Conklin, P.A., Govindarajulu, R., Kelly, J.A., Scanlon, M.J., Whipple, C.J., and Bartlett, M. 2018. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 8:3583-3592.

MaMADS2 repression in banana fruits modifies hormone synthesis and signalling pathways prior to climacteric stage

Yakir, E., Zhangjun, F., Sela, N., Xu, Y., Singh, V., Dagar, A., Joshi, J.R., Müller, M., Munné-Bosch, S., Giovannoni, J.J., Vrebalov, J., and Friedman, H. 2018. BMC plant biology 18:267.

Recent publications from the SIPS community – November 15, 2018

A Strain of an Emerging Indian Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae Pathotype Defeats the Rice Bacterial Blight Resistance Gene xa13 Without Inducing a Clade III SWEET Gene and Is Nearly Identical to a Recent Thai Isolate.

Carpenter, S.C.D., Mishra, P., Ghoshal, C., Dash, P.K., Wang, L., Midha, S., Laha, G.S., Lore, J.S., Kositratana, W., Singh, N.K., Singh, K., Patil, P.B., Oliva, R., Patarapuwadol, S., Bogdanove, A.J., and Rai, R. 2018. Frontiers in Microbiology 9.

Natural climate solutions for the United States.

Fargione, J.E., Bassett, S., Boucher, T., Bridgham, S.D., Conant, R.T., Cook-Patton, S.C., Ellis, P.W., Falcucci, A., Fourqurean, J.W., Gopalakrishna, T., Gu, H., Henderson, B., Hurteau, M.D., Kroeger, K.D., Kroeger, T., Lark, T.J., Leavitt, S.M., Lomax, G., McDonald, R.I., Megonigal, J.P., Miteva, D.A., Richardson, C.J., Sanderman, J., Shoch, D., Spawn, S.A., Veldman, J.W., Williams, C.A., Woodbury, P.B., Zganjar, C., Baranski, M., Elias, P., Houghton, R.A., Landis, E., McGlynn, E., Schlesinger, W.H., Siikamaki, J.V., Sutton-Grier, A.E., and Griscom, B.W. 2018.  Science Advances 4.

Deacclimation kinetics as a quantitative phenotype for delineating the dormancy transition and thermal efficiency for budbreak in Vitis species.

Kovaleski, A.P., Reisch, B.I., and Londo, J.P. 2018. AoB PLANTS 10:ply066-ply066.

A Confounding Effect of Bacterial Titer in a Type III Delivery–Based Assay of Eukaryotic Effector Function.

Carter, M.E., Bogdanove, A.J., Innes, R.W., and Wise, R.P. 2018.  Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 31:1115-1116.

Overexpression of Rubisco subunits with RAF1 increases Rubisco content in maize.

Salesse-Smith, C.E., Sharwood, R.E., Busch, F.A., Kromdijk, J., Bardal, V., and Stern, D.B. 2018. Nature Plants 4:802-810.

Ploidy and Size at Multiple Scales in the Arabidopsis Sepal.

Robinson, D.O., Coate, J.E., Singh, A., Hong, L., Bush, M., Doyle, J.J., and Roeder, A.H.K. 2018. The Plant Cell 30:2308-2329.

An aromatic amino acid and associated helix in the C-terminus of the potato leafroll virus minor capsid protein regulate systemic infection and symptom expression.

Xu, Y., Da Silva, W.L., Qian, Y., and Gray, S.M. 2018. PLOS Pathogens 14:e1007451.

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