Red algae proteins grafted into tobacco double plant growth

Cornell researchers have successfully transferred key regions of a highly efficient red algae into a tobacco plant to dramatically improve plant productivity and increase carbon sequestration.

Robert Bitz ’52, agricultural pioneer, dies at 92

Trustee emeritus and Central New York farmer Robert “Bob” Bitz ’52, a longtime supporter of the university who was instrumental in helping organize Cornell’s first advisory committee on planned giving, died June 17. He was 92.

Gene variation makes apple trees ‘weep,’ improving orchards

Plant geneticists have identified a mutation in a gene that causes the “weeping” architecture – branches growing downwards – in apple trees, a finding that could improve orchard fruit production.

Bumblebee research sparks rapid industry change

A Cornell study that revealed commercial eastern common bumblebee hives pose a threat to their wild counterparts has led one major pollination company to quickly adapt the bumblebee hive boxes they ship to growers.

Rochester farm brings opportunity, joy to at-risk young adults

Just north of some of the most challenged neighborhoods in Rochester, a small farm is flourishing – and providing more than just food.

Students, experts collaborate on global development solutions

The Humphrey PACT Program promotes research collaboration between undergraduates and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, midcareer professionals specialized in agriculture, rural development and natural resource management, who spend one year at Cornell for professional development.

Polson Institute funds collaborative research in global development

The Polson Institute for Global Development announced its new Spring 2023 grants to support research at the intersection of Global Development’s signature strengths in wellbeing and inclusion; environmental sustainability; and food and nutritional security. 

Around Cornell

PALSA Conference: Unleashing Agricultural Research Potential at CHESS

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is set to host the Pan American Light Sources for Agriculture conference (PALSA) July 11-14.  Registration is still open. 

Around Cornell

John Kingsbury, Shoals Marine Laboratory founder, dies at 94

John Kingsbury, professor emeritus of botany, who developed a small island in the Gulf of Maine into an living classroom for students eager to learn about the sea, died May 27 in Vermont.