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Organic matter, bacteria doom sea stars to oxygen depletion

New Cornell-led research suggests that starfish, victims of sea star wasting disease, may actually be in respiratory distress, as nearby organic matter and warming oceans rob them of their “breath.”

Sex peptide causes female fruit fly’s gut to grow

A new study of the common fruit fly has identified a protein in the male’s seminal fluid that triggers the female’s midgut to expand after mating.

Cornell removing ash trees, as replanting effort launches

Cornell will be removing more than 1,700 of its ash trees infested by devastating emerald ash borer insects, mostly between January and March 2021, to reduce potential harm to people and property.

CALS dean advises on carbon removal strategies

Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joined a panel helping to identify key pathways for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal that merit further investment.

New imaging method views soil carbon at near-atomic scales

A new study describes a breakthrough method for imaging the physical and chemical interactions that sequester carbon in soil at near atomic scales, which may have implications for mitigating climate change.

New cassava varieties endorsed for release in Nigeria

Five new cassava varieties developed with support from NextGen Cassava, an international partnership led by Cornell, have been approved for release in Nigeria.

CTI Innovation Awards spur new learning opportunities

Each year, the Center for Teaching Innovation grants funding through the Innovative Teaching & Learning Awards to help faculty explore new strategies and tools for enhancing student learning.

Biologist helps place starfish on critically endangered list

With a recent 90% decline in population, sunflower sea stars – once ubiquitous all along the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to Alaska – may be on the brink of extinction. 

Cornell-led panel releases report on agri-food innovation

To deflect future world food crises created by climate change, a Cornell-led international group has created a road map for global agricultural and food systems innovation.