In the lab with Plant Biology Grad Student, Sam Leiboff

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

Maureen Hanson, Plant Biology Professor and Myat Lin, Research Associate, in the Weill Plant Transformation Facility

Graduate Student, Penelope Lindsay with her model plant, Medicago truncatula.

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

Susheng Gan

Susheng Gan

Susheng Gan

Susheng Gan's research focuses on molecular regulatory mechanisms of plant senescence and dimensional control of gene expression in plants. Senescence limits the yield of many crops and contributes to much of the post-harvest loss of vegetables and fruits. His long-term goals are to unveil the molecular regulatory mechanisms of senescence, and based on the molecular findings to devise ways to manipulate senescence for agricultural improvement.


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Titan arum leafing out

‘Wee Stinky’ — one of two flowering-sized Titan arums in the Conservatory’s collection — has broken dormancy and is beginning it’s vegetative stage. Read more