Titan Arum flowering in Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse in 2012

Titan Arum flowering in Kenneth Post Lab greenhouse in 2012

Students visit Titan Arum in 2012.

Greenhouse growers Heather Anthony & Paul Cooper chart growth of Titan Arum Nov. 8.

Greenhouse growers Heather Anthony & Paul Cooper chart growth of Titan Arum Nov. 8.

Professor Adrienne Roeder in her Weill Hall lab

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

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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 Section 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

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William Crepet

William Crepet

William Crepet

William Crepet is interested in developing departmental preeminence in basic plant biology at a time when progress in basic plant biology research is important to critical societal needs. His immediate goal has been to build strength in various facets of plant molecular biology including plant biochemistry with complementary strength in the area of plant systematics including theory and molecular systematics.

Titan Arum blooms again

titan arumThe Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) produces the largest unbranched inflorescences (flower structures) in the Plant Kingdom.  One of Cornell's specimens dubbed 'Wee Stinky' – part of the Plant Biology Section’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium collection – flowered for the second time November 19. Learn more about this very special plant at the Titan Arum blog.

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Dr. Bruce Wallace, former member of Cornell Faculty, died on Monday, January 12, 2015

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Jan 23, 2015
Bruce Wallace, distinguished geneticist, former member of the Cornell Faculty, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences,  died on January 12th after a short stroke related illness. Bruce first joined Cornell’s Department of Plant Breeding and then, as department organizations evolved, became a member of the Section of Genetics, Development and Physiology, and then Botany, Genetics and Development before Botany split from Genetics in 1980.  Many of the senior or Emeritus faculty now in Plant Bio. were colleagues or former students (i.e. Andre Jagendorf, Dom Paolillo, June and Mike Nasrallah).  Bruce ultimately left Cornell to join the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.