Set strawberry alarm clock for post-apple bloom

Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do can reap a better harvest, according to new Cornell University research. When apple trees blossom, the sheer abundance of flowers attracts most of the pollinators, which not only leaves fewer bees for other nearby crops such as strawberries, but also lowers their yields. But […]

Biochar provides high-definition electron pathways in soil

ITHACA, N.Y. – All plants need electrons to aid biological and chemical tasks. Cornell University scientists have discovered a new high-definition system that allows electrons to travel through soil farther and more efficiently than previously thought. “Microorganisms need electrons for everything they do. If they consume nutrients or spew out methane or expel carbon dioxide […]

Researchers unlock genetic clues to help grapes survive winter

Months before northern vineyards burst into their lush summer peak, the delicate grape buds holding the nascent fruit in its tiny core must first withstand the freezing onslaught of winter. Understanding how grape buds respond to subzero temperatures is of paramount concern to vineyard managers in New York and other northerly grape-producing states. Horticulturists have […]

Eight ways to get ready for the next big winter storm

Winter Storm Stella, a nor’easter that blasted across the Northeast and Midwest, claimed several lives. At least some of those deaths were a result of physical exertion from snow removal. Keith Tidball, an expert in emergency response at Cornell University, recommends eight things to do immediately to prepare families for future storms, disasters and emergencies. […]

Stella snowstorm to slam NYC, may not be last time this winter

  Cities along the Northeast coast, including New York City, are preparing for more than a foot of snow and strong winds as Winter Storm Stella moves in. Mark Wysocki, a meteorologist who specializes in forecasting and weather analysis at the Northeast Regional Climate Center, expects blizzard conditions to arrive Tuesday morning, and says this […]

Pro-pot arguments fly higher with likely voters

Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational pot is legal. As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. But which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? It’s the arguments that support legalization, according […]

App helps assess disease severity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new iPad app, called Estimate, connects plant professionals with a portable database of photographs of diseased leaves to help determine plant disease severity.   Media note: Photographs of the app can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/PlantApp.   Estimate relies on Standard Area Diagrams (SADs), a series of photographs of diseased leaves, with each […]

App aids apple farmers in fight against spring freezes

February’s warm weather was nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price when winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs, the Cornell University Institute for Climate Smart Solutions has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk decision tool. Apple trees need dormancy and cold weather so that springtime buds develop […]

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater

Seagrass meadows – bountiful underwater gardens that nestle close to shore and are the most common coastal ecosystem on Earth – can reduce bacterial exposure for corals, other sea creatures and humans, according to new research published in Science Feb. 16.   Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the study as well as […]

Perdue must be voice of reason in Trump cabinet

David Wolfe, professor of horticulture, climate change expert and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says while Sonny Perdue has the pedigree appropriate with the position of Secretary of Agriculture, the confirmation hearings must provide clarity on how influential he will be in providing a well-balanced, science-based viewpoint to the Trump […]