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New tool forecasts spring's arrival months in advance

Punxsutawney Phil – the prognosticating groundhog who famously foretells the arrival of spring – may need a new job. Cornell has unveiled a new web tool to determine the onset of spring.

Studies explore how supermarkets source foods for low-income customers

These case studies offer policymakers a better understanding of how regional food systems could bring healthier food to low-income people in the Northeast.

Professor named 2018 National Cheese Institute Laureate

The National Cheese Institute named David M. Barbano, professor in the Department of Food Science, 2018 NCI Laureate.

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Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs

An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril.

Bright LED dairy cases speed off-flavors in skim milk

As grocery stores save energy by changing their dairy cases from fluorescent to LED lighting, Cornell researchers have found that milk – particularly fat-free milk – becomes more susceptible to off-flavors from LED light than from standard fluoresence.

Cornell partners in new international center in India

CALS faculty was on hand in Dharwad, India, Jan. 5 to dedicate the Borlaug International Centre for Agriculture Development.

When pests graze certain potatoes, yields double

When some Colombian potato varieties are lightly grazed by a pest, the plants respond by growing larger tubers, at times doubling their yields.

Digital agriculture tech Adapt-N nets $1M Tulane prize

Adapt-N, a team from Cornell, was awarded the $1 million grand prize from the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge Dec. 14 in New Orleans.

Malawi seed village model benefits farmers, universities, growers

A revolutionary seed village project in Malawi led by Cornell University improves the incomes and livelihoods of Malawian farmers.