Cornell, DEC launch new hemlock pest biocontrol lab

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the creation of a new, $1.2 million biological control lab on Cornell’s Ithaca campus to protect the state’s ecologically important hemlock trees. The lab, partly funded by the state conservation department and headed by Cornell forest entomologist Mark Whitmore, will […]

Emerald ash borer discovered in NYC – here’s what you need to do to save the trees

The New York state departments of Agriculture and Markets, and Environmental Conservation have confirmed the first-ever discovery of emerald ash borer in New York City. Forestry expert and Cornell Cooperative Extension associate Mark C. Whitmore works with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for […]

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 […]

Invasive gobies may change Oneida Lake’s complexion – again

Ithaca, NY – Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters. Invasive round gobies, bottom-feeder fish from Eurasia, appear to diminish zebra and quagga mussel populations and […]

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, […]

Three new alfalfa varieties combat beetles, leafhoppers, tricky soil

ITHACA, N.Y. – Dairy and other livestock farmers in the northern U.S. have three new alfalfa options this growing season – all pioneered by Cornell University researchers as a way to combat devastating pests, increase yields and improve forage quality. Developed by Donald Viands, a professor of plant breeding and genetics in the School of […]