Failure to assist Puerto Rico could precipitate humanitarian, economic disaster

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power and still dealing with flooded roads and disastrous conditions. Cornell University economist Steven C. Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy in the U.S. and in low-income countries, says the need for assistance is now so dire, it’s impossible to ignore. Bio: https://dyson.cornell.edu/people/steven-kyle    […]

Devastating tree fungus found in Brooklyn and four Long Island towns

Media Note: Images of leaves infected with oak wilt can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Oakwiltdisease ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University scientists in partnership with state agencies identified oak wilt, a devastating pathogenic fungus that kills oak trees, in six new locations throughout New York state: four towns on Long Island, Brooklyn and Canandaigua. The […]

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 […]

Plants combine color and fragrance to procure pollinators

Media note: Photographs of plant species studied can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/FloralColorandScent. ITHACA, N.Y. – Who knew that it’s possible to predict the fragrance of a flower by looking at its color? This is true for many of the 41 insect-pollinated plant species growing in a Phrygana scrubland habitat on the Greek island of Lesbos. An international […]

Jose on the way, East Coast residents need to prepare today

Hurricane Jose is slated to bring tropical storm conditions to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, including heavy rain and hazardous surf, according to forecasters at the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC). Keith Tidball is the assistant director for disaster education at Cornell Cooperative Extension and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future […]

Hot days, cold nights mean fantastic fall foliage forecast in New York

Karl Niklas is a Cornell University professor of plant biology whose research focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment. Niklas predicts bright 2017 fall foliage in New York state based on the season’s adequate rainfall and amicable temperatures. Bio: https://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/people/karl-niklas Niklas says: “Based on past experience and current information about this year’s growing conditions […]

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 […]

Longer-term view adds context to Census poverty data

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the American peoples’ 2016 experience with poverty, median income and health insurance. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says that while the numbers today reflect an incremental improvement, middle-class and working-class Americans still feel insecure about their economic future. To […]

Cornell-led project to improve grapes gets big boost

Breeding the next great grape is getting a boost thanks to new funding for a Cornell-led project that uses genomic technology to create varieties that are more flavorful and sustainable. The project, VitisGen2, is a collaboration of 25 scientists from 11 institutions who are working in multidisciplinary teams to accelerate development of the next generation […]

Twitter followers use friendships to fight fake news

ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research offers hope that fake news and false rumors that reverberate around the Internet can be quashed. When Twitter users tweet a false rumor, they are more than twice as likely to accept correction if it comes from a mutual follower – someone they follow who also follows them […]