We study the evolution and function of mammalian and bacterial genomes using computers as our microscope.
This work will provide solutions for minimizing microbial biofilm formation and pathogen contamination in food processing plants, thus reducing the incidence of food-borne illness.
Dairy Discovery is an annual, statewide 1 1/2 day program for 15-19 year old youths who come to Cornell's campus for hands-on workshops that delve into the specifics of dairy cattle production management and dairy careers.
This project strives to improve food availability, nutrition and health in eastern India and Africa while providing opportunities for diversification of income and consequent economic and social advancement of the rural poor and women in particular.
The project aims to strengthen both the agricultural education and extension systems in these institutions by addressing cross-cutting areas, including governance, gender and equity, innovative education programs, and modern information and communication technology.
The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development opportunities and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6-16, pre-service and in-service, and extension) on the topics of bioenergy and bioproducts. Annually, this USDA-funded program, led by Cornell University, operates through five sites in four states (New York, Maryland, Ohio, and Delaware) in the Northeastern U.S. to provide summer workshops, internships and more than 60 teacher training positions.
The purpose of this project was to provide food importers with information about the current status of the safety of imported foods.
Heat stress is a major inhibitor of production in livestock operations, causing severe economic loss. Environmental and management stressors erode efficiency and cost livestock production enterprises billions of dollars annually in lost potential profitability. For example, in the absence of heat abatement measures, total losses across all animal classes averaged $2.4 billion annually (St-Pierre et al., 2003). The objective of this study was to explore an alternative way to cool cows in times of heat stress.
New, cold-hardy wine grape varieties released by the University of Minnesota and private breeders have created a new industry in cold-climate areas where it was previously impossible to grow grapes because of winter low temperatures. New vineyards and wineries (300) are being started by new producers. Research is needed to maximize the benefit of these new varieties to produce products that consumers will like and convert these 'startup businesses' into 'sustainably profitable businesses,' supporting rural economic development in 12 Northeastern and Midwestern states.
We are studying the patterns of attack by insect herbivores on plants in order to both more fully understand why some plants are vulnerable to herbivory and to use our understanding to manipulate such interactions in pest control. The work involves field biology, chemical ecology, genetics, and entomology. We study the interactions between plants and their pests and strongly believe in the synergy between basic and applied work.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences annually organizes teaching workshops to provide new ideas for faculty members to enhance the learning experiences of students as they prepare to become leaders in society.