Research uncovers winning partners in bloom
Research has taken the guesswork out of pairing perennials and spring-flowering bulbs. The winning pairings take a variety of factors into account, from color and size to masking fading foliage.
The dirt on urban soils: Some may be contaminated
A four-year multidisciplinary Cornell/Cornell Cooperative Extension project is assessing contaminants in urban garden soils and promoting management strategies to minimize potential health risks.
Homer C. Thompson Research Farm donated over 1 mil. lbs of produce
This year alone, Cornell's research farm in Freeville, N.Y., gave more than 141,000 pounds of fresh produce to local pantries.
Inexpensive, on-farm method controls invasive beetle
Cornell researchers report on an inexpensive, effective, on-farm method to control alfalfa snout beetles using homegrown nematodes.
Saving money through energy efficiency
Two new initiatives at Cornell aim to increase energy efficiency. Facilities Services is attempting to save the University $16 million by 2014 by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. CALS Green, a pilot program run by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, seeks to increase sustainability by modifying human behavior.
L.H. Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse closes due to safety concerns
The L.H. Bailey Conservatory Greenhouse was closed last month by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences due to safety concerns, but CALS leaders say they are committed to meeting the conservatory need.
In 100 years, maple sap will flow a month earlier
With climate change, Northeast maple syrup production is expected to slightly decline by 2100, and the window for tapping trees will move earlier by about a month, reports a Cornell study.
CALS faculty and staff honored
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented their annual Research and Extension Awards and new Core Value Staff Awards Nov. 8.
FDA, USDA, CU announce alliance for produce safety
The FDA, USDA and Cornell join together to give produce growers and packagers on-farm food safety knowledge in advance of a proposed produce safety regulation.
Behind the scenes of CUAES with Lauren Chambliss
After working as an international correspondent in Washington, D.C. for many years, Lauren Chambliss enjoys working directly with the research community at Cornell. She is particularly interested in a multidisciplinary approach to climate change.
Cornell-produced hybrid seeds help upstate organic farmers
The Plant Breeding Department at Cornell is delivering improved varieties of corn and other field crops to farmers in New York, the Ithaca Journal reports.
$5 million gift to promote biochar research at CCSF
The gift, from philanthropist Yossie Hollander and his family, will be used to support biomass and biochar research by a multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Johannes Lehmann.
CALS helps Big Red go green with building contest
On Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 20, CALS will launch CALS Green, an energy conservation and sustainability initiative to promote environmentally conscientious behavior among students, faculty and staff.
Cornell sociologists to brief Congress staff
Max Pfeffer and Pilar Parra will draw on their research to brief Congressional staff members on immigration policy Sept. 24.
Sierra rates Cornell 21st in sustainability
Cornell is ranked No. 21 out of 162 colleges and universities nationwide by Sierra magazine, a bimonthly magazine published by the Sierra Club.
Biochar could mitigate climate change, study shows
Cornell researcher Johannes Lehmann contributed to research showing that biochar use could reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent annually.
Water your plants and shrubs, not your lawn
High temperatures and low rainfall in the Northeast are taking a toll on plants, shrubs and lawns. Here are things you can do to stay green.
Weed competition at Thompson Farm 'Like CSI - only with weeds'
CUAES' Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm was the site of this year's Northeastern Collegiate Weed Science Contest with a record number of student contestants.
Carbon sequestration practices - using geological formations and creating biochar
Cornell Professors Johannes Lehmann and Teresa Jordan discussed state-of-the-art carbon sequestration practices in climate mitigation strategies with legislative staff from the House and Senate on July 13.
Cornell hosts world series of weeds July 27
Cornell will host more than 100 competitors for the 2010 Northeastern Collegiate Weed Science Contest July 27 at its Homer Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville, N.Y.
Committee issues report on leasing CU land for natural gas drilling
CUAES Director of Operations, Drew Lewis, was part of the committee that was asked to develope guidelines for gas drilling on CU land. The report, a call for caution, is now available online.
USDA grants fund studies of organic agriculture
The grants will allow researchers to study the use of cover crops in organic farming and how different organic farming practices affect yields.
Study: Power from trash could save cash, carbon
A $250,000 feasibility study reports that the proposed Cornell University Renewable Bioenergy Initiative could produce $2 million a year in energy using campus-area renewable resources.
View video of open forum on hydraulic fracturing & the Marcellus Shale
Most people attending the open forum on hydraulic fracturing, a process used to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, opposed the process.
Environment is top topic at Marcellus Shale meeting
Most of the attendees speaking at an event on hydraulic fracturing April 22 opposed the process to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale for environmental reasons.
CUAES’ Lauren Chambliss joins new Sustainable Campus Committee
The President’s Sustainable Campus Committee (PSCC) oversees all aspects of sustainability in campus operations and facilities, inc. climate, water, food, waste, buildings, people, land, purchasing and transportation.
CU Ag Exp Station's Drew Lewis talks about CURBI
CU Agricultural Experiment Station's Drew Lewis talks about the Cornell University Renewable Bioenergy Initiative's (CURBI) just completed feasibility study and next steps for the renewable energy platform.
Compost operation reduced university's waste by half
Award-winning compost facility run by CUAES Farm Services turns Cornell organic waste into re-useable, high-quality product.
Avoiding late blight: Beware of last year's crops
Late blight destroyed many a tomato plant last year, but this year, consumers may be able to avoid the blight with vigilance and care. Cornell specialists explain how.
New test assesses gas drilling effects on soils
Researchers have developed the Cornell Soil Health Test to evaluate soil response to management on different types of land. It's intended to assess changes due to gas drilling work.
New free guides intended to help organic farmers
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell has produced nine free guides for farmers that provide information on how to grow certified organic produce.
Northern New York team promotes local foods
To promote local foods, extension educators are working with regional foods programs, such as the The Northeren New York Agricultural Development Program. Members of this program include the CUAES' Willsboro Research Farm and the W.H. Miner Institute.
Professors brief Capitol Hill on impacts of 'fracking'
Two Cornell researchers provided a Congressional briefing on the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing, used to extract natural gas in rocks deep within the earth, Feb. 22, in Washington, D.C.
CALS in the Capitol: Natural Gas Drilling
Susan Riha and Rod Howe brief congressional staff and media on what scientists know -- and what they don't -- about "fracking."
Ag Experiment Station models culture of sustainability
The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station has adopted a culture of sustainability that welcomes ideas from everyone in the organization.
CALS' growth chambers get a green makeover
A new grant will help upgrade 26 decades-old growth chambers with 21st-century lighting and control technology. The makeovers are expected to save $156,000 annually in electricity costs.