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  • Wading into discovery: BTI’s 2017 PGRP Interns

    Motivated, curious, and eager to discover, BTI’s 2017 Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) interns are ready to dive into a 2+ month transformative experience that will prepare them for their future career. For 10 weeks (7 for high school interns), undergraduate and high school students will immerse themselves in plant genomics and bioinformatics while Read more »
  • Our commitment to sustainability: A statement from David Stern

    "The United States leadership has announced its intention to withdraw from the 2016 Paris climate accord. This decision places our nation on a trajectory at odds with central tenets of the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) mission: to improve agriculture, enhance human health and protect the environment. BTI reaffirms Read more »
  • Science in seconds: Stronger spinach

    Most of us know the story of how spinach makes Popeye the Sailor Man strong, but what make spinach stronger? Dr. Chen Jiao explains how a new spinach genomic sequence discovered by BTI's Fei Lab can help increase spinach's resistance to drought and disease.
  • Yonkers’ Boyce Thompson Center opening pays homage to BTI’s history and roots

    After the Boyce Thompson Institute relocated to Ithaca, NY in 1978, its original building and grounds in Yonkers, NY laid vacant for more than 40 years. A remnant of its original purpose, the building was left devoid of its most basic vestige: life. That all changed on May Read more »
  • Newly-published spinach genome will make more than Popeye stronger

    Today in Nature Communications, researchers from BTI and the Shanghai Normal University report a new draft genome of Spinacia oleracea, better known as spinach. Additionally, the authors have sequenced the transcriptomes (all the RNA) of 120 cultivated and wild spinach plants, which has allowed them to identify which genetic changes have occurred due to domestication. Read more »
  • Science in seconds: Fabulous Fungi!

    Dr. Armando Bravo of Maria Harrison's lab shares new research on the storied relationship between fungi and plant roots.  
  • New graffiti mural for Yonkers’ Boyce Thompson Center

    A beautiful graffiti mural has been completed at the old Boyce Thompson Institute in Yonkers, NY by artist Eelco van den Berg from The Netherlands. Read more »
  • 400 million years of a stable relationship: clues to the molecular basis of balance in AM symbiosis

    Researchers from the Harrison lab at BTI have identified a transcriptional program that drives arbuscule degeneration during AM symbiosis. This regulation of arbuscule lifespan has likely contributed to the 400MY stability of the symbiosis by preventing the persistence of fungal cheaters. Read more »
  • Feeding fat to fungi: evidence for lipid transfer in arbuscular mycorrhiza

    Researchers from the labs of Dr. Maria Harrison at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Dr. Peter Dörmann at the University of Bonn have produced the first experimental evidence to suggest that AM fungi also get lipids from the plant. AM-induced FatM and RAM2 may play specific roles in the biosynthesis of 16:0 βMAG, which cannot be produced by the fungus, providing a clue to understanding the obligate nature of AM fungi. Read more »
  • Protecting our diversity: A statement from David Stern

    "BTI is an international institution. The global reach of science, and its ability to traverse and dissolve cultural and national boundaries in the pursuit of knowledge and its applications, count among our core strengths. BTI scientists and staff hail from more than forty countries. We maintain formal research Read more »
  • Blue-bellied insects may play a role in fight against citrus greening

    New research finds that the Asian citrus psyllid responds to the citrus greening bacterium by producing an oxygen-transporting protein called hemocyanin. The protein not only turns them blue, but suggests that they are trying to fight off the infection. Read more »
  • Global partnerships for improving cassava

    Cassava geneticist Ismail Yusuf Rabbi from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria visited BTI and Cornell University last week to discuss his ongoing collaboration with NextGen Cassava. Read more »
  • BTI researchers share latest research at ag-genomics conference

    The offices of data scientists at BTI emptied out earlier this month as a contingent of researchers flew to San Diego for the 25th annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference. Genomic researchers from around the world gathered at the meeting to network, consult with colleagues and hear the Read more »
  • Cilia receives Presidential Early Career Award

    Michelle Cilia has been selected to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which recognizes outstanding, government-funded scientists who show great potential for becoming leaders in their field and for expanding the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Cilia is a Research Molecular Biologist at the Read more »
  • Jujube genome study sheds light on fruit tree’s domestication

    The genome will serve as a resource for jujube breeders working on improved cultivars, as well as for researchers working on other fruit trees, such as apples. Read more »
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