Cornell research helping hemlocks survive in New York state

ITHACA, N.Y. – Efforts to battle an invasive forest pest just got a boost from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant that enables Cornell Botanic Gardens to continue – and expand – its work to conserve hemlock trees that are foundational to the university’s campus and natural areas. Ecologists refer to hemlocks […]

Wildfires fed by outdated forestry practices, climate change

Forestry expert and Cornell Cooperative Extension Associate Mark C. Whitmore grew up in the Western United States and conducted forestry research in the area impacted by this week’s California fires. Whitmore says fire is a natural part of those ecosystems, but past forestry practices coupled with climate change serve to intensify the severity of such […]

California wildfires threaten regional grape, wine production

As firefighters and first responders work to save lives and property impacted by the Northern California wildfires, Cornell University Associate Professor of Enology Anna Katharine Mansfield, whose field work and research includes the chemistry of wine aroma and flavor, warns that these fires will have long-term impacts on the region’s vineyards and wine production. Bio: […]

New Salmonella test boosts food safety for humans and animals

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new test allows accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella bacteria, one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. Salmonella can infect animals as well as people, with commonly reported cases of people falling sick after handling pets and livestock. Tests that used to take days now […]

Mold contamination in sea salts could potentially spoil food

ITHACA, N.Y. – Like fine wines, sea salts are artisanal products that inspire talk of terroir, texture and provenance. Now there’s evidence that they can also be sources of spoilage molds. Research from Cornell University mycologist Kathie Hodge and doctoral candidate Megan Biango-Daniels reveals varying levels of mold contamination in commercial sea salts. Among those […]

War on weeds takes toll on beneficial bacteria in the soil

ITHACA, N.Y. – As farmers battle in their above-ground war on weeds, they may inadvertently create underground casualties – unintentionally attacking the beneficial bacteria that help crops guard against enemy fungus, according to Cornell University research. Specifically, Cornell researchers found negative consequences of the weed-killing herbicide glyphosate on Pseudomonas, a soil-friendly bacteria. “Beneficial Pseudomonas in […]

Single genes control color, stripes in butterfly wings

Media note: Photographs of the researched butterfly wings can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ReedSingleGene ITHACA, N.Y. – Two papers prove for the first time how single master genes – one for colors and iridescence and the other for stripe patterns – control these complex traits in butterfly wings, according to research by a team that includes […]

Cornell digital ag program integrates with John Deere Operations Center

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ag-Analytics, a cloud-based application that provides digital agriculture analytics, has integrated its technology with the John Deere Operations Center, the manufacturer’s online platform. Cornell is the first university to integrate with the John Deere Operations Center; Deere is the largest farm machinery manufacturer in the world. When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they […]

Local control new beginning for Newark Public Schools

After years of battles between state and local leaders, the New Jersey Board of Education voted to allow Newark to resume control of the city’s school district, recognizing an improvement in the schools’ performance, management and budget. Noliwe Rooks, associate professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University, is author of “Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and […]

Irma’s salt water surge may damage crops, native plants

The storm surge that followed the high winds of Hurricane Irma pushed salty sea water over gardens, crops and fields, depositing sodium and other minerals. Two Cornell University experts – Nina Bassuk and Harold van Es – explain that the potential sea water damage depends on soil composition, rainfall and other factors. Both experts are […]