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Worm pheromones protect major crops, BTI scientists find

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that compounds from microscopic soil roundworms could achieve this aim.

Study addresses low female participation in STEM classrooms

A new study co-authored by Kelly Zamudio, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, shows that increasing class size has the largest negative impact on female participation in STEM classrooms.

Wheat expert calls for global unity to avert future hunger crises

Ronnie Coffman, director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, addressed the International Wheat Congress July 23 in Canada, urging renewed commitment to germplasm exchange.

New software helps plant breeders bring out their best

Cornell researchers have released a free, open-source software to help make potentially subjective and time-consuming plant breeding decisions more consistent and efficient.

Link found between gut bacteria, successful joint replacement

Having healthy gut flora – the trillions of bacteria housed in our intestines – could lower the risk of infection following knee and hip replacement surgeries, while an unhealthy intestinal flora may increase the risk of infection.

Do ladybugs help your garden grow? Depends on surroundings

A new study of cabbage crops in New York reports for the first time that the effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field.

Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Cornell and University of Illinois researchers have engineered plants capable of making proteins not native to the plant itself, which opens the door for cheaply making proteins for industrial and medical uses.

Audio storytelling workshop to train journalists

On July 11-12, 10 journalists will descend on The Białowieża Forest, where they are taking part in an audio storytelling workshop, to report on the role climate change is playing in the increasing infestations of bark beetles, a forest pest.

Expert testifies on deadly deer disease to House committee

Dr. Krysten Schuler, senior research associate in the College of Veterinary Medicine, gave testimony on chronic wasting disease June 25 before the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.