46 projects


Planted stormwater retention and infiltration practices are important for reducing runoff and maximizing green space in urban areas. While a wide variety of herbaceous plants are often successfully used in these spaces ... they can present maintenance issues because of the need to annually cut back dead foliage and stems.
Utilizing woody plants decreases the need for additional seasonal maintenance while successfully adding aesthetic and
functional vegetation to stormwater retention practices.”

2013 to 2017

Pests are defined as organisms that reduce the availability, quality or value of a resource or human health. Whether at work, home, school or play, we may be challenged by pests that sting, bite, cause allergens, contaminate food, or transmit disease. To help New Yorkers manage pests in ways that minimize environmental, health and economic risks, presentations are offered to organizations, companies and communities.

2013 to 2017

Eating fish provides important health benefits, but some fish have toxic contaminants; eating too much of these fish has health risks. In the Great Lakes region, women of child-bearing age and urban anglers are groups that are considered particularly at risk from contaminants in fish. We worked with state agencies to develop and test fish consumption guidelines that encourage these groups to eat safer fish.

2012 to 2017

Ecological change in large lakes affects the livelihoods of a large number of people. Food web dynamics is at the heart of these changes, as they affect fish and fisheries. We have developed methods to assess the lower trophic levels on which fish depend and are analyzing the effects of ecological change on the whole food web. We are since 2012 the main EPA grantee for monitoring the lower trophic levels of all five Great Lakes, from Superior to Ontario and share this information with managers in the US and Canada


The Cornell Small Grains Breeding and Genetics Project has released a new spring oat variety called Corral with exceptionally high grain yield and disease resistance. This variety is resistant to barley yellow dwarf virus and is more lodging resistant than other oat varieties, thus increasing the efficiency of production for the farmer and thereby resulting in higher profits.

2011 to 2012

Group housing of calves with its attendant use of waste milk in a safe manner offers economical and biological advantages to producers. Previously held beliefs regarding disease risk have been changed with a new definition of proper ventilation and the advantages of more natural feeding methods and social interaction amongst baby calves.

2011 to 2017

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.

2011 to 2016

The Northern Grapes Projects provides research and outreach in viticulture, enology, and marketing to growers of new 'Cold-Hardy' grape varieties that have spawned an emerging wine industry in the Upper Midwest and Northeast. We successfully demonstrated impact and were awarded 2.6 M from the USDA to complete the last two years of the project

2011 to 2014

The Northern Grapes Project aims to develop research-based viticulture, enology, and marketing recommendations for novel, cold-climate wine grape cultivars that support a growing, rural small-winery industry in the upper Midwest and New England.

2011 to 2013

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.