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Algorithm boosts efficiency, nutrition for food bank ops

Cornell systems engineers examined data from a busy New York state food bank and, using a new algorithm, found ways to better allocate food and elevate nutrition in the process.

New app a lifeline for eggplant farmers in Bangladesh

A new app co-developed by Cornell researchers is expected to streamline information-sharing, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, for farmers in Bangladesh growing genetically engineered eggplant.

Project to examine digital agriculture from many angles

Jaron Porciello in the Department of Global Development is exploring barriers to the widespread adoption of digital agriculture tools through a grant from USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Biopesticide startup gets $750K more in NSF funding

Ascribe Bioscience, a Cornell-based startup and UNY I-Corps alumni, has won a $750,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Phase II award.

Taste buds may play role in fostering obesity in offspring

Cornell food scientists show in animal studies that a mother’s high-fat diet may lead to more sweet-taste receptors in taste buds resulting in poor feeding behavior, obesity in adulthood.

‘Egg-Vengers’ battling local food insecurity

Animal science grad student Kasey Schalich is taking eggs from the Cornell poultry farm and donating them to local food banks, instead of leaving them for compost. To do so, she founded a group called Egg-Vengers.

In face of crisis, equitable farming systems grow in Nigeria

As millions of Nigerian farmers flee the militant group Boko Haram, a Cornell-trained Nigerian scientist is providing support to create a more profitable, equitable future – especially for the many farmers who are women.

Two doctoral candidates named Borlaug Scholars

Jenna Hershberger and Ella Taagen, doctoral candidates in plant breeding, are among 10 graduate students nationwide who’ve been selected as National Association of Plant Breeders Borlaug Scholars.

USDA grants to fund studies of plant viruses, insecticides

Two Cornell research teams, studying crop viruses and insecticides’ physiological effects on insects, have received grants totaling nearly $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.