Dulled taste may prompt more calories on path to obesity

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University food scientists have found that people with a diminished ability to taste food choose sweeter – and likely higher-calorie – fare. This could put people on the path to gaining weight. “We found that the more people lost sensitivity to sweetness, the more sugar they wanted in their foods,” said […]

Get a whiff of this – Cornell corpse flower set for first outdoor bloom

Media note: New images and time-lapse videos of Cornell’s Titan arum bloom in 2015 can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCALSTitanArum. ITHACA, N.Y. – How does a giant, foul-smelling plant from the tropics fare in an outdoor garden in New York? We will soon find out. One of Cornell University’s Titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum) – a rare […]

New food policies could take the bite out of India’s malnutrition

ITHACA, N.Y. – India has spent the last 50 years combating hunger by boosting its production of staple crops like wheat, rice and maize. The strategy has worked – up to a point. Now India struggles with chronic malnutrition and child stunting, even though it produces enough calories to keep hunger at bay. But new […]

DNA tracking tool tips the scales for distinguishing invasive fish

ITHACA, N.Y. – Rather than conduct an aquatic roll call with nets to know which fish reside in a particular body of water, scientists can now use DNA fragments suspended in water to catalog invasive or native species. “We’ve sharpened the environmental DNA (eDNA) tool, so that if a river or a lake has threatened, […]

Tiny wasps add a sting to lily beetle battle

Media note: Images of the lily leaf beetle and parasitoid wasp can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/LilyLeafBeetle. ITHACA, N.Y. – Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide, across the Northeast and in Canada. Researchers at Cornell […]

Ice sheet break just the tip of catastrophic climate conditions to come

The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is soon set to lose an enormous iceberg, more than 2,000 square miles in area and more than 600 feet thick. Charles H. Greene is a professor of Earth and Atmospheric sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a fellow at the Atkinson […]

Weather and food: Cornell experts dish out tips for July 4th

Millions of Americans will hit the road for the beach, mountains or a simple backyard barbecue or picnic this holiday weekend. Samantha Borisoff, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says hot temperatures with a possibly of thunderstorms are in the forecast. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=sgh58 Borisoff says: “Will it rain on your […]

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the year 2100, 2 billion people – about one-fifth of the world’s population – could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University research. “We’re going to have […]

Willing weather brings beautiful blueberries, superb strawberries this year

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor at Cornell University, explains how recent weather conditions have made this year promising for fruit growers. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/marvin-pritts Pritts says: “We are experiencing a good strawberry crop and anticipate an outstanding blueberry crop. Blueberry fruits have a waxy skin that sheds water so they are much less susceptible to fruit […]

West Nile mosquitos are in NYC, start spraying and drain your backyards

The New York City Health Department has detected the first of the season’s mosquitoes with West Nile virus. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann is a Cornell University entomologist based on Long Island whose work focuses on integrated pest management. Although it’s still early in the season to know the full extent of mosquito trends this year, she advises […]