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Maureen Hanson, professor of Plant Biology and molecular biology and genetics, and graduate student Alexandra Mandarano at the Agilent Seahorse Flux Analyzer, which analyzes cellular metabolism.

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Angela Douglas, professor of insect physiology and toxicology, and Georg Jander, adjunct associate professor of plant biology, dust for aphids on a tobacco plant

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Professor, Mike Scanlon and grad students in the Scanlon Lab

Jocelyn Rose, professor in Plant Biology (SIPS)

Welcome to 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 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

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

Chelsea Specht

The Specht lab uses morphological and developmental techniques combined with molecular genetics, comparative genomics, and evolutionary biology to study the natural diversity of plants and better understand the forces creating and sustaining this diversity. 

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