10 projects

2014 to 2015

Late blight is a serious plant disease that affects both gardeners and farmers. Because infected plants produce huge quantities of spores that spread the disease, accurate disease identification and appropriate response are important for everyone in the community growing tomatoes or potatoes. We engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program coordinators to plan and present a series of five workshops for Master Gardener Volunteers across the state.


For the last seven years we have been actively developing non-chemical, reduced risk and organic cultural pest management programs for golf turf. This work has attracted great interest in the U.S. and abroad and has spurred growth in our evaluation of new technologies. Taken in concert, the existing research is ready for expanded application, and we have begun delivery via a number of educational strategies.

2008 to 2009

The benefits of gardening are many, including fostering environmental/scientific literacy, community building and social integration and human well-being. Gardening benefits are maximized when garden success is achieved.

Cultivating a group of well-informed community leaders through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) county Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) programs puts research-based knowledge related to successful and ecologically sound gardening practices to work in homes, schools and communities throughout New York state.

2007 to 2009

Mobilizing volunteers through the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program helps the New York's land grant university maintain a presence that is responsive to local needs and efficiently spreads quality, evidence-based, ecologically sound gardening approaches throughout the state.


Apple replant disease occurs worldwide and was previously controlled by methyl bromide soil fumigation. We continue to evaluate non-chemical methods for controlling this serious disease problem, and studying the microbial bases for its causation and control. Our recent work has shown that several new rootstocks developed at Cornell have substantial resistance to this soil-borne disease, and may eliminate the need for soil fumigation.


Potato leafhopper (PLH) often is the most damaging alfalfa insect pest in the Northeast (NE). Forage grasses in mixture with alfalfa can cause PLH to emigrate and are environmentally beneficial. In the seeding year, a visual rating of damage from PLH to conventional alfalfa when planted with a grass was significantly less than for alfalfa seeded alone, and damage ratings to PLH-resistant alfalfa with or without a grass were similar, and were significantly less, than for the conventional alfalfa.


Improving access to and the understanding of digital spatial data is paramount to the integration of an increasing amount of environmental data into daily decision-making by municipal governments, state agencies, and the public. The Cornell Institute for Resource Information Sciences Geographic Information Systems (IRIS GIS) Program is addressing these needs through initiatives focused on:


Nutrition programming through Cooperative Extension programs focus not only on updated nutrition content but also the quality of program delivery and lasting behavioral impacts in the target audience. To this end, trainings on both nutrition content, facilitation methods and program management are delivered in county, regional, statewide and multi-state settings.


Oversight of the quality of nutrition education delivered through Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations is provided by this unit to ensure quality nutrition education and stewardship of funds.


Cold-hardy, disease-resistant wine grape varieties are helping fuel the rise of the grape and wine industry in New York and other regions of the U.S. Along with expansion of this agricultural industry comes a significant boost to the economy through tourism (retail, restaurants, winery visitors, hotels, tasting room sales of related products, etc.). There is continuing demand for new, high-quality wine grapes that can reduce pesticide applications, reduce the cost of production, and expand the range of sites on which grapes can be grown.