News: New high-yield strawberry, raspberry varieties released

These berries yield like the dickens.

Cornell’s berry breeding program is releasing two new varieties, which will be available for planting in spring 2019: a strawberry, Dickens, and a raspberry, Crimson Treasure. Both varieties produce large fruits with vibrant colors that maintain peak flavor for longer than most heritage varieties.

The new berries are the handiwork of berry breeder Courtney Weber, associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences based at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York.

Posted: 2018-09-12

News: American literature scholar kicks off Botanic Gardens’ lecture series Aug. 29

Cornell Botanic Gardens opens its annual Fall Lecture Series with author George Hutchinson, the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences, delivering the 2018 William and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium. The lecture will be followed at 7 p.m. with a garden party at Cornell Botanic Gardens. Both are free and open to the public. The Harder Lecture celebrates the connection between the literary and natural worlds.

Hutchinson’s insights dovetail with the purpose of the Harder Lecture and the mission of Cornell Botanic Gardens, said Christopher Dunn, the Elizabeth Newman Wild Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens. “His work shows the depth of connection between people and nature,” Dunn said. “Through re-evaluation of the past, he makes us fully aware of the essential interdependence of human culture and biodiversity.”

Posted: 2018-09-12

News: Golf turf expert wins posthumous award for NY impact

Bob Portmess, MPS ’08, was a mechanical engineer and telecommunications executive who just happened to be an avid golfer. In 2006, Portmess walked into the office of turf grass expert Frank Rossi, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, and said he wanted to switch careers. His goal: to work with people who produce the best golf playing surfaces in the world.

Two years later, Portmess received his Master of Professional Studies in agriculture and life sciences specializing in turfgrass management, synthesizing the practical knowledge that Rossi and colleague Jennifer Grant, now director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM) Program, had amassed over seven years of experimental work to reduce the use of chemicals at Bethpage Golf Courses, a New York State Park.

Posted: 2018-09-12
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