Wojtek Pawlowski, School of Integrative Plant Science, in collaboration with Jaroslaw Pillardy, director of the Cornell Bioinformatics Facility, received $4 Million spanning 4 years from NSF to understand why and how specific sites in the genome become recombination hotspots in maize. Congratulations! Read more
Penelope Lindsay, a Cornell University graduate student in Plant Biology in the lab of BTI Professor Maria Harrison, has been awarded a 2-year fellowship from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The pre-doctoral fellowship will support the final years of her graduate work on arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, an important plant-fungal relationship that helps plants to capture more nutrients from the soil. Read more
Angraecum sesquipedale — also known as Darwin’s orchid, Christmas orchid, Star of Bethlehem orchid, and King of the Angraecums — is flowering this week in the Student Room of the Conservatory. Read more
Demand for food and fuel is steadily increasing, while gains in the yield of many major food crops through traditional breeding and natural variation have leveled. As a potential solution, researchers are applying synthetic biology to improve photosynthesis. Maureen R. Hanson, Molecular Biology and Genetics, is focusing on an enzyme that limits the efficiency of photosynthesis—rubisco. Read more
Although the project’s concept is straightforward—make photosynthesis more efficient by tinkering with a core enzyme—its lofty ambition is to improve on evolution. Maureen Hanson, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Molecular Biology, formulated the concept as part of a team of colleagues during an “Ideas Lab” meeting of 30 experts convened in 2010 by the National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom’s equivalent, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Read more
The 2016 SIPS Recognition & Awards Reception was held on October 28 to recognize staff receiving service awards for their years of work and faculty receiving recognition for contributions to their fields. Congratulations to all awardees, with special recognition to Ed Cobb and Kathy Howard for their 35 years of service! Read more
On the occasion of the president emeritus’ 90th birthday, the morning symposium will bring to campus the world’s foremost Darwin scholar, Janet Browne of Harvard University, and Yale University professor of geology and geophysics Derek Briggs. They will address Rhodes' contributions to paleontology and Darwin studies and the relevance of these topics today.
Oct. 29 at the Frank H.T. Rhodes Symposium in Alice Statler Auditorium from 9 to 11:45 a.m Read more
After many days of cautious predictions, Cornell’s Titan arum “Wee Stinky” began to flower on the afternoon of Friday October 14th, reaching its maximally open and aromatic state late Friday evening. Read more
Currently, there are two flowering sized titan arums in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. Named Wee Stinky and Carolus, these two plants represent the diverse interests in Cornell’s Department of Plant Biology. Read more
Congratulations to Dana Robinson, winner of the 2016 SIPS Research Symposium Best Poster Award
One of Cornell’s famous corpse flowers is getting ready once again to unfurl its fetid bloom. The plant nicknamed Wee Stinky, one of two flowering-sized titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, is prepping for a dazzling reproductive effort to make itself big, hot and smelly. Read more
The 2016 School of Integrative Plant Science Symposium was held the afternoon of October 11 as part of a fall break science extravaganza that included the Department of Microbiology Symposium on October 10 and the BMCB & GGD Symposium on the morning of October 11. Read more
Fleshy fruit, such as tomatoes, are unique plant developmental systems that provide important components of human and animal diets. This project aims to decipher complex problems in plant biology that are also central to fleshy fruit development and quality.
Cornell Researchers:Jocelyn Rose, James J. Giovannoni, Carmen Catala, and Zhangjun FeiRead more
The rebuilt Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse houses more than 500 species from nearly 80 different families, the greenhouse maintains an indoor climate ideal for plants native to tropical, subtropical and other regions, including two of the university’s famed corpse flowers, as well as orchids, cycads, palms, cacti, coffee and cocoa plants. Read more
Chloroplasts have enormous potential as factories for production of transgenic proteins, though in some cases these products are degraded by chloroplast proteases. The research program of Klaas van Wijk (SIPS Section of Plant Biology) has received NSF funding to characterize protein degradation in the chloroplast, possibly providing clues on how to design proteins that accumulate to higher levels. Read more
The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory is a special oasis to escape the busy life on campus and appreciate the biodiversity of the world. This past summer, a plant in the Nymphaeaceae family, commonly known as the Victoria lily, was moved to the Palm House. On Sept. 2, the Victoria lily began its dramatic blossoming. Read more
‘Wee Stinky’ – one of two flowering-sized Titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory – is poised to flower again in the very near future. It will be the first Titan arum to flower in the new Conservatory, which re-opened last spring. And as a bonus, its sibling ‘Carolus’ stands nearby in its vegetative stage, its single leaf towering nine feet tall. Read more
Cornell researchers have been awarded $4.2 million by the National Science Foundation to explore natural genetic variation in the tomato immune system and to use the findings to improve crops. Read more
Matthew Willmann, director of the new Plant Transformation Facility, is harnessing precision technology to create transgenic and gene-edited plants on campus for Cornell researchers. Read more
Adrienne Roeder awarded NSF CAREER grant
May 14, 2016
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $500,000 to Cornell University for the project ” Initiation of Cell Size Patterning in Arabidopsis” under the direction of Adrienne Roeder. The award is expected to total $988,503.
Roeder’s research group investigates the role that cell growth and division play in the diversity of cell size in the Arabidopsis sepal. Arabidopsis is a flowering plant and its sepal is the outermost green leaf-like floral organ that surrounds and protects the developing bud.
Adrienne Roeder is a Nancy M. & Samuel C. Fleming Term Assistant Professor at the the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Plant Biology. Read more about her program’s research
On May 5th, the ribbon was officially cut at a Student Open House for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory. Alan Collmer, Glenn Evans, Kevin Nixon, and Ed Cobb acknowledged the hard work of Capital Programs managers and directors, Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station employees, plant science undergraduates, and the many people who advocated for the rebuilding of the conservatory. Read more
Dean Kathryn Boor honored a select group of CALS students, faculty and staff during this year’s Dean’s Awards Dinner held April 18 at the Statler Hotel, including Plant Sciences Majors and Plant Biology Section faculty. Read more
A Cornell-led international team has launched a set of open-access genomic resources that will accelerate the ability of rice geneticists and breeders to link genes to important traits in rice. Read more
Adrian Powell and Samuel Leiboff win Barbara McClintock Award
Winners of the award are chosen because they have made significant contributions to plant science through their research and have “the best potential and greatest background merit.”
The award commemorates the Nobel Prize-winning work of Barbara McClintock, who discovered transposable elements—segments of DNA that can move throughout the genome—while working in maize. McClintock began this work at Cornell University in the 1920s, where she completed a masters and doctoral degree in plant genetics. The endowment for the award came from Robert Rabson, who led the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Biosciences Division for many years, enabling much novel plant physiology research.
Steven D. Tanksley, a molecular geneticist who pioneered concepts essential to modern plant breeding while a professor at Cornell University, has won the prestigious Japan Prize worth $420,000. Read more
In a competition for funds among New York’s Regional Economic Development Councils, the Southern Tier won $500 million over the next five years in New York’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, including a project that taps CALS expertise in plant science for the innovation economy. Read more
Dean Boor announces Research and Extension, Core Value Staff Awards
Oct 15, 2015
Dean Kathryn J. Boor today announced the recipients of the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CALS Research, Extension, and Core Value Staff awards, which will be presented November 3 during a 4:00-6:30 p.m. reception in G10 Biotech.
The Outstanding Service to the CALS Community Award is one of several awards being presented this year. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Awards are intended to recognize a broad range of accomplishments contributing to the realization of the CALS vision, “To be the preeminent college for research, teaching and extension of agriculture and life sciences, developing leaders to address the global challenges of the 21st century.” These awards signify our appreciation of and commitment to those who sustain our land-grant mission.
William Crepet, Plant Biology Section Chair, will receive the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Research and Extension Award for Outstanding Service to the CALS Community for his efforts that have helped to make our CALS Community a better place including his 25 years of leadership in the Bailey Hortorium, and in Plant Biology.
Dr. Jian Hua promoted to full Professor
Jul 6, 2015
We are very pleased to announce Dr. Jian Hua’s promotion to full Professor within Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science- Plant Biology Section. Promotion to full Professor recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated significant achievements in teaching, research, and/or extension during their appointment as associate professors. Professor Hua has research programs using molecular genetics to understand how plants perceive and integrate environmental signals to modulate growth and development. She also teaches courses in plant genetics and plant development and mentors graduate students.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Jian Hua on her promotion to full Professor.
Cornell faculty members Joseph Halpern, Paul McEuen and Karl Niklas have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more
Dr. Bruce Wallace, former member of Cornell Faculty, died on Monday, January 12, 2015
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 andPhysiology, 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.
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – have been consolidated into the School of Integrative Plant Science. Read more
Clint Ko Wins 2014 Excellence Award
May 30, 2014
Shi Jun (Clint) Ko '14 won the 2014 Plant Biology Excellence Award. Clint was a biological sciences major. He worked in Professor Roeder's lab since the summer of 2012 studying cell patterning. This fall he will enter the Ph.D. program in the Department of Biology at MIT. He is interested in the mechanisms that drive dynamic changes in cell morphology or behavior.
Andre Jagendorf received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research in September 2013. The Rebeiz Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of fundamental research at the national and international levels. Congratulations to Andre on this well deserved award! Read more
Adrienne Roeder is selected as the Nancy M. and Samuel C. Fleming Term Assistant Professor in the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology for a three-year period beginning September 2013. The professorship is awarded in recognition of Adrienne's scientific excellence, creativity, and academic promise. The endowment for this professorship was made possible by the generosity of Nancy and Sam Fleming and in support of their commitment to discovery in the life sciences. Read more
Faculty, students and alumni of the Department of Plant Biology celebrated the department's centennial June 28-29. Read more
Leiboff wins teaching award
May 15, 2013
Samuel Leiboff is the 2013 recipient of the outstanding teaching assistant in Plant Biology. Sam was TA for BioPL 2410 (An Introduction to Plant Biodiversity and Evolution) in the Fall of 2012 and was TA for BioPL 1120 (Issues in Social Biology) in the Spring of 2013.
Founded by Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1935, the Hortorium has historically been the major U. S. center for the systematics of cultivated plants. Today, the Hortorium's mission has expanded to include systematic studies of wild and cultivated plants, ethnobotany, molecular systematics, paleobotany, phylogenetic theory, biodiversity studies, and pharmaceutical studies of tropical plants. Read more
Michael Scanlon awarded $7 million by the National Science Foundation for his study, "Genetic networks regulating structure and function of the maize shoot apical meristem." Scanlon leads a team of nine researchers who study the maize shoot apical meristem (SAM) -- a pool of plant stem cells responsible for forming essentially all of the above-ground parts of the corn plant. Read more
Karl Niklas has been named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell. The Weiss Presidential Fellowship is awarded for excellence in teaching and advising undergraduates. The award is named for Stephen H. Weiss '57, former chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees. Read more
When a rare corpse plant showed signs of imminent blooming on Cornell's campus March 14, the university opened its greenhouse doors to the public and live-streamed the event through two separate feeds. Read more