Professor Adrienne Roeder in her Weill Hall lab

Student assistant imaging new specimens for the LHB Hortorium

A coconut mailed to the "Chief Palmist" in the 1930s.

Anna Stalter holding an old coconut.

Tom Silva teaching BIOPL 2400 “Green World/Blue Planet”

An orchid hybrid in the genus Epidendrum

Welcome to the Department of Plant Biology

Without plants, life on earth would cease to exist. Plants shape our environment and provide us with food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. Today we are faced with an unprecedented series of challenges – global climate change, food shortages, rapid loss of biodiversity, and new and evolving diseases are threatening both the health of the planet as well as human health and well-being. Research in the plant sciences is greatly significant in addressing aspects of each of these issues. Through its broad-based and innovative studies of basic plant biology, the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University is positioned to contribute real and impactful solutions to these problems at local, state, national, and global scales. Learn more

Graduate Field of Plant Biology

Cornell's Graduate Studies in Plant Biology are at the cutting edge of basic and translational plant research and offer top-ranked, interdisciplinary Ph.D. training.
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Undergraduate Studies in Plant Biology

Undergraduates who are interested in studying plant biology at Cornell can major in Plant Sciences or in Biology with a Plant Biology Concentration.
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Faculty Spotlight

Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch

Susan McCouch is a Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and of Plant Biology at Cornell University. She received her PhD from Cornell in 1990 and spent 5 years with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines before joining the Cornell faculty in 1995. Her research focuses on rice.