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.
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.
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.
A new study describes a breakthrough method for imaging the physical and chemical interactions that sequester carbon in soil at near atomic scales, which may have implications for mitigating climate change.
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.
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.
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.
This year, with many people struggling due to COVID-19, Cornell faculty, staff and students facilitated the donation of more than 37 tons of food from farms run by Cornell AES to feed families in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.