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Congratulations to Mike Scanlon for his 2018 Mid-Career Maize Genetics Award

Apr 2, 2018

Congratulations to Mike Scanlon for his 2018 Mid-Career Maize Genetics Award, received at the Maize genetics meeting in France last week
The Mid- Career Maize Genetics Award will be given to an individual that has been in a permanent
position for 9-20 years. The winner will have an outstanding track record of discovery research in maize (or
related species) genetics. The 2018 Awardee is Mike Scanlon at Cornell University.

Victoria Lily flowering

Mar 26, 2018

Last night the Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) in the water feature in the Palm House began its dramatic two-day flower display. Read more


Gaurav won the prestigious Early Career Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists

Mar 21, 2018

Congratulations to Gaurav for this well-deserved award.
This  Early Career Award was instituted by ASPB in 2005 to recognize outstanding research by scientists at the beginnings of their careers. This award is a monetary award made annually for exceptionally creative, independent contributions by an individual, whether or not a member of the Society, who is generally not more than seven years post-Ph.D. on January 1st of the year of the presentation. 

Social Life of Land class visits the Conservatory

Feb 26, 2018

Wendy Wolford, the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development in the Department of Development Sociology and Vice Provost for International Affairs, brought students from her Social Life of Land (DSOC 6620) class for a tour of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory February 22. Read more

Beautiful botanicals on display through March 31

Feb 20, 2018

A new exhibition now on display in Albert R. Mann Library, “A Sweep of Light: Scanner Photography and the Art of Horticulture,” shows the intricate beauty of plants in images by contributing artists and students. Read more

Maureen Hanson, Andrew Grimson and Dikoma Shungu receive NIH funding for their research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME/CFS

Feb 1, 2018

A million or more people in the United States suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but remarkably little is known about the cause of the disease, and effective therapies are lacking. Specific projects tackle oxidative stress in the brain and neuroinflammation; inflammatory molecules, metabolism, and the cargo of extracellular vesicles; and levels of gene dysregulation across the immune system. With this multifaceted approach, the team seeks to enhance knowledge of the disease for patients, health professionals, and the public. Read more


Congratulations James Giovannoni for being one of six of the most influential contemporary scientists in the world for 2017!

Jan 25, 2018

Six CALS researchers are among the most influential contemporary scientists in the world for 2017. Reuters and Clarivate Analytics assembled the list by identifying the scientists whose publications are in the top 1 percent in their fields for journal citations.
James Giovannoni, adjunct professor, SIPS
Jean-Luc Jannink, adjunct professor, SIPS
Johannes Lehmann, professor, SIPS
Ruth Ley, associate professor, Department of Microbiology
Rui Hai Liu, professor, Department of Food Science
Mark Sorrells, professor, SIPS

Darwin’s orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale) flowering now

Jan 3, 2018

Several specimens of Angraecum sesquipedale, also known as Darwin’s orchid, Christmas orchid, and Star of Bethlehem orchid, are currently blooming or poised to bloom in the Conservatory. They are expected to continue to pump out flowers possibly until the end of the month. Read more

December graduates set out to make a difference

Dec 19, 2017

In a Dec. 16 ceremony in Barton Hall, President Martha E. Pollack encouraged December graduates to have a positive impact on the world, suggesting they "Start with compassion. Start with understanding. Start with kindness and with love.” Read more

Andy Vail honored for inclusiveness

Nov 2, 2017

On Oct. 30, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented the Core Value Staff Award for Inclusiveness to Andy Vail in a ceremony celebrating research, extension and staff excellence. A senior administrator in the School of Integrative Plant Science, Vail recently celebrated twenty-one years of service at Cornell. Read more

New faculty tour the Geneva campus

Oct 23, 2017

Recently hired SIPS faculty members Gaurav Moghe (Plant Biology Section), John Wallace (Horticulture Section), and Awais Khan (Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section) along with Patrick O’Grady, recent hire in the Department of Entomology, toured the Geneva campus on October 19 Read more

Victoria lily flowering (one more time)

Oct 19, 2017

Last night — for the third time in a little more than a week — the Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) in the water feature in the Palm House began its dramatic two-day flower display. But currently there are no other flower buds showing. So this might be your last chance to witness this plant’s spectacular bloom for a while.
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Victoria lily flowering (again)

Oct 16, 2017

The Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) in the water feature in the Palm House began its dramatic two-day flower display last night. And there is another flower bud poised to open, likely in the next week. Read more

Victoria lily flowering

Oct 12, 2017

The Victoria lily (Victoria x ‘Longwood Hybrid’) in the water feature in the Palm House began its dramatic two-day flower display last night. Read more

$9.4M NIH grant funds chronic fatigue syndrome center

Oct 3, 2017

The National Institutes of Health announced Sept. 27 that Cornell is one of three institutions nationwide to receive funding to establish a collaborative research center for the study of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Each center will serve as a hub that partners with other institutions to study the disease.  Read more

$9.4M NIH grant funds chronic fatigue syndrome center

Sep 27, 2017

The National Institutes of Health announced Sept. 27 that Cornell is one of three institutions nationwide to receive funding to establish a collaborative research center for the study of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) Read more

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

Meet the new Faculty: Gaurav Moghe

Aug 24, 2017

Gaurav Moghe, assistant professor, School of Integrative Plant Science, Plant Biology Section. Academic focus: Functional and evolutionary genomics of plant specialized metabolism Read more

Carolus still going strong

Jul 31, 2017

Over the last week, Carolus has grown 20 inches and now stands 56 inches tall in Minns Garden (map). And the towering Titan arum is still adding about 3 inches a day. Read more

Huge Stinky Corpse Plant to Bloom – Outdoors

Jul 26, 2017

Carolus, one of Cornell's Titan arums, has broken dormancy and is preparing to bloom this summer in Minns Garden. It's believed to be the first time a Titan arum has bloomed outside in a temperate region. Read more

Titan arum to bloom – outside

Jul 25, 2017

Carolus’ – one of two flowering-sized Titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum) in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory’s collection – has broken dormancy and is preparing to bloom this summer. But instead of unfurling its pungent inflorescence in the confines of the Conservatory, this year’s flowering will take place outside in Minns Garden, between the Plant Science Building and Tower Road.
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Titan arum leafing out

Jul 10, 2017

‘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

Sunshine and fun times at the 2017 SIPS Summer Picnic

Jun 23, 2017

There are many ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Some honored the season with cut-throat rounds of bingo. Toni DiTommaso welcomed summer winning a gift certificate from Pesco’s Barber Shop! For everyone at Wednesday’s 2017 SIPS Picnic, the event was an opportunity for good food, games, fun prizes, and conversation. Read more

How Plants Develop

May 31, 2017

Graduate Researcher, Samuel Leiboff is figuring out what influences stem cells to form the complex shapes and structures of a plant.
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Congratulations Class of 2017!

May 30, 2017

Dean Kathryn Boor and CALS Class of 2017 Degree Marshals Jeremy Pardo (Plant Sciences, left) and Nola Booth (Biology and Society, right) lead CALS graduates to Commencement ceremony at Schoellkopf Stadium May 28, 2017.

Stop by for a study break!

May 17, 2017

There are always plenty of plants to engage with at the Conservatory. Of particular note now:
Brownea spp. flowering in the Palm House low on the tree for great viewing. If you can’t make it before this flower fades, there’s another bud adjacent to it poised to bloom
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Plant Biology student Penelope Lindsay awarded USDA NIFA fellowship

Jan 3, 2017

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

Improving Photosynthesis to Increase Crop Yields

Dec 19, 2016

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

2016 SIPS Recognition & Awards

Oct 31, 2016

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

‘Greening’ the machinery of plant life

Oct 31, 2016

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

Rhodes Symposium will honor emeritus president on his 90th

Oct 24, 2016

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

Thanks to all who attended Wee Stinky’s third flowering

Oct 17, 2016

Soon the towering spadix will topple over. But don’t fret. That’s natural and expected.

Normal weekday hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) resume on Monday (10/17)

If you’d like us to keep you posted on happenings in the Conservatory (when the Victoria lily or other interesting plants are in flower), visit the Liberty Hyde Bailey website and sign-up for email updates. And you can also view video of Robert Raguso’s talk Friday night while Wee Stinky was in full flower.



Congratulations to Dana Robinson, winner of the 2016 SIPS Research Symposium Best Poster Award

Oct 12, 2016

Dana Robinson works in the program of Adrienne Roeder and her poster was entitled “Cell ploidy controls cell and organ size in the Arabidopsis sepal”

‘Wee Stinky’ still poised

Oct 12, 2016

‘Wee Stinky’ measured 84.5 inches this morning. Growth of the spadix continues to slow, which based on previous flowerings is a good sign that flowering could come any day now. Read more

Science and good cheer at the 2016 SIPS Symposium

Oct 11, 2016

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

Bigger than ever, Cornell corpse flower poised to bloom

Oct 11, 2016

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.
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How Plants Develop

Oct 7, 2016

Samuel Leiboff is figuring out what influences stem cells to form the complex shapes and structures of a plant. Read more

Bailey in Bloom

Oct 7, 2016

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

Vibrant Victoria Lily Blooms on Campus

Oct 6, 2016

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

Cornell’s Titan arum ‘Wee Stinky’ poised to flower again

Oct 6, 2016

‘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

Van Wijk program funded to study chloroplast proteases, furthering potential as molecular factories

Oct 6, 2016

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

Roeder head shot

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

Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Ribbon Cutting

May 7, 2016

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

Adrian Powell and Samuel Leiboff win Barbara McClintock Award

Feb 1, 2016

Adrian Powell, a graduate researcher in the laboratory of Professor Jeff Doyle and Sam Leiboff, a graduate researcher in the laboratory of Professor Michael Scanlon, both students in the Plant Biology section at Cornell University, received the 2016 Barbara McClintock Award from the directors of graduate studies in the plant sciences graduate fields.

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.

State Funds New Plant Science Hub

Jan 14, 2016

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.

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 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.

New school positions plant and soil science for the future

Jun 6, 2014

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 with Professor Crepet

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.

Jagendorf receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 30, 2013

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

Roeder selected for Fleming Term Assistant Professorship

Sep 12, 2013

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

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.

In the News: Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium

Apr 1, 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

Scanlon receives $7M NSF grant for corn study

Feb 18, 2013

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

Niklas honored as Weiss Presidential Fellow

Jan 15, 2013

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

Follow the Titan Arum blog

Mar 31, 2012

Follow "Wee Stinky," Cornell University's Amorphophallus titanum, part of the Department of Plant Biology's Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium collection. Read more