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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

Michael Scanlon

Mike joined the faculty of the Plant Biology Department at the University of Georgia in September 1997, and moved his lab to the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University in January 2006.


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SIPS turns out for the Inauguration Street Fair

Aug 28, 2017
With berries, hops, weeds, succulents, and baskets overflowing with produce, SIPS was a significant presence at the CALS Commons “Street Fair” following  the inauguration of Cornell President Martha Pollack. Read more