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Cornell team fights invasive pest, supports NY berry industry

Cornell has the only comprehensive berry team in the Northeast, combining expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management for the benefit of New York state's $20 million berry industry. 

Partnership will advance food safety research in China

Cornell and China’s Hebei Qimei Agriculture Science and Technology Co. Ltd., have agreed to collaborate on microbial food safety research, via a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

A Cornell study investigates for the first time what spotted-wing drosophila adults and larvae eat, and where they lay their eggs, when short-lived berries, their preferred foods, are not in season.

Water quality projects receive $1M in USDA grants

Cathy Kling, professor in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is collaborating on two projects, funded by the USDA, that will evaluate the economic impact agricultural pollution has on rural communities in the Midwest.  

Schumer announces funding for hemp seed bank at Cornell

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Aug. 2 announced $500,000 in funding for the USDA establish the first industrial hemp seed bank in the U.S., co-located at Cornell AgriTech, which will be used to breed and study new hemp cultivars. 

Cornell to lead soil health conversation at Empire Farm Days

Cornell professor Harold Van Es and extension specialist Ryan Maher will help lead the conversation on soil health and preservation at Empire Farm Days, Aug. 6-8 in Seneca Falls, New York.

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For Prabhu Pingali, India’s malnutrition puzzle is personal

Prabhu Pingali, founder of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, is making progress in his quest to discover why 15% of Indians – nearly 200 million people – remain malnourished.

Groundwater policies fire up air pollution in northwest India

A measure to conserve groundwater in northwestern India has led to unexpected consequences: Added air pollution in an area already beset by haze and smog.

For salmonella detection, genomic tool emerges as a key

The world’s food supply will become safer as the food industry shifts to high-resolution, whole-genome sequencing – which examines the full DNA of a given organism all at once.