Water use reporting legislation was revised and signed into law in August 2011. Dairy producers needed information about the requirements, an explanation of the DEC reporting form, as well as a tool for estimating water use.
We know that the order Cypriniformes is an incredibly diverse group of freshwater fishes with great variation in their life histories, morphologies, behaviors and physiologies. Many people are very interested in these fishes for research purposes; for their conservation status, diversity and evolutionary relationships; as well as for personal aquaria.
We are developing algal bioenergy as both an alternative to fossil fuels and a source of energy for powering systems that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thus reducing the concentrations of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere and decreasing ocean acidification. We are also investigating protein by-products as potential nutritional supplement in animal feeds.
We developed a web-based tool that growers can use to better match nitrogen fertilizer amount and timing with corn crop requirements for maximum production.
I am a biophysicist who studies plants using the tools of mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
The Network for Environment & Weather Applications (NEWA), a network of electronic weather stations collecting data on farms, partners with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) for data acquisition, quality control, weather information delivery, and pest forecast model programming.
Pathogenic organisms such as Escherichia coli and Cryptosporidium parvum continue to cause a threat to our food and water safety. Similarly, organisms such as Dengue virus and rotavirus are important clinical analytes related to human health, especially in the countries of the developing world. Organisms such as Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis are serious threat agents for our safety and security, since they can be used as bioweapon material.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension–NYC, Cornell soil scientists and Extension educators, State and local agencies, and community gardeners are working collaboratively on a 4-year research-Extension-community project that aims to assess soil and vegetable contaminant levels and human exposures through activities in urban community gardens, evaluating the effectiveness of management strategies to mitigate associated potential health risks, and translating research findings into effective education and public health action strategies to reduce exposures to soil contaminants and potential
We are studying the patterns of attack by a community of insect herbivores on plants; the work involves field biology, chemical ecology, genetics, and entomology. Our basic research involves milkweed plants, nearly 120 species from North America (and 20 from South America), which grow in various habitats and are attacked by a specialized community of insects. Some of the work is evolutionary in terms of quantifying phylogenetic patterns associated with the evolution of specialization (in insects parasites) and other work is more ecological, based on community interactions.
New York state needs jobs and economic activity, growers need outlets for waste products such as manures, and the entire world needs technologies that enhance food security and reduce pollution. For many years, we have been developing technologies that do these things. (See, for example, my other impact statements.)
In addition, Cornell University has recently created the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (AgTech Park), including a 1,500-square-foot laboratory that has been unoccupied until now.