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A state-of-the-art evaporator for cooking sap at the Cornell maple program facility

New Cornell sugarhouse sweetens NY’s maple industry

Jul 31, 2021

The Cornell Maple Program has opened an advanced, New York state-funded maple research laboratory, an upgrade that will enable research on making high-quality syrup, and new and existing maple products – all at commercial scales.

The new solar thermal system on the roof of Guterman Lab

Sustainability efforts shine with new solar collectors

Apr 1, 2021

A new solar collector array atop Guterman Research Center is one of several sustainability projects that are continuing apace despite the many interruptions made by COVID-19 to campus life. “This project also specifically helps Cornell AES meet some of our unit sustainability goals by piloting new agricultural technologies that could benefit New York farmers,” said Rhoda Maurer. 

Elderberry shrub with berries

New elderberry trials added to research on "super fruits"

Feb 12, 2021

This spring, Cornell's Willsboro Research Farm will add elderberry trials to their research on “super fruits,” which includes already-established plots of juneberry, aronia, and honeyberry. These highly nutritious berries provide a great opportunity for American growers.

Researchers assessing forests in New York Sate

Natural barriers to exclude deer encourage forest regeneration and diversity

Nov 15, 2020

Deer browsing poses an increasing threat to healthy and productive forests in the northeast. Natural barriers known as “Slash Walls” utilize low-value logging residues to protect regenerating forest areas from deer for a decade or more, while the young trees grow beyond their reach. Watch video. 

Red apples on a tree

$4.8M grant helps optimize apple yields with digital ag

Nov 10, 2020

A Cornell-led, multi-institution, interdisciplinary team seeks to use computer vision, automation and robotics to optimize per-tree apple production, which is currently a highly manual and imprecise process.

Rows of soybeans are thriving on a research plot covered with crimped rye

$2M grant supports more sustainable path for organic farmers

Nov 5, 2020

Organic crop farmers in the Northeast and Upper Midwest are facing an increasing number of challenges related to climate change and invasive pests, but a $2 million grant from the USDA will help them find sustainable solutions.

Red barn in rural landscape

Cornell social scientists win national acclaim for rural population research

Oct 27, 2020

Cornell University is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that earned the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award. The project conducts research on the most pressing demographic, economic, social, and environmental challenges faced by rural communities in the U.S.

Titan arum inflorescence

Wee Stinky’s first offspring to flower blooms at Franklin Park Conservatory

Oct 13, 2020

An offspring of Cornell’s famed titan arum “Wee Stinky” blooms at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. The plant, grown from seed and cared for by Cornell AES greenhouse grower Paul Cooper until it was gifted to the Franklin Park Conservatory in 2016, is Wee Stinky’s first progeny bloom.

Maureen Hanson and Myat Lin in front of a plant growth chamber

E. coli bacteria offer path to improving photosynthesis

Sep 21, 2020

Scientists have engineered a key plant enzyme and introduced it in Escherichia coli bacteria in order to create an optimal experimental environment for studying how to speed up photosynthesis, a holy grail for improving crop yields.

A manure cover at a NY farm

Green practices can negate climate emissions on NY farms

Aug 13, 2020

New York agriculture has the capacity to mitigate its own greenhouse gas emissions, two Cornell researchers say in a state-funded report commissioned by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Report fosters ag industry climate-change tracking

Aug 4, 2020

Cornell’s Art DeGaetano is one of nine scientists to co-author a USDA report to help the nation’s farmers and commercial agricultural managers reduce risk in the face of climate change.