“Plant science is a great topic because people are much more aware of the effects of climate change and the challenges of food and energy production right now,” says Burke.
Maria Harrison will participate in a $13.5 million, multi-institution systems biology project with Daniel Schachtman of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop sorghum that is more drought resistant and uses nitrogen more efficiently.
A consortium of 20 researchers is using advanced genomic techniques to accelerate the development of disease-resistant varieties of cucurbit crops. BTI Associate Professor Zhangjun Fei will lead the bioinformatics and genomics part of the initiative.
In recognition of his significant contribution to the understanding of crop mineral nutrition, Leon V. Kochian was honored today at the ARS National Agricultural Library.
Hartz serves on the BTI Board of Directors where he advises and oversees the financial and administrative aspects of BTI. He also acts informally as an Ithaca representative, maintaining the strong connection between BTI and the local community.
The Fall Monday Morning Seminar series began Monday, August 31 at 9:30 AM. Featuring two talks from Armando Bravo from the Harrison Lab and BTI Science Writer, Patricia Waldron.
BTI will be part of Tompkins County’s first ever 24 hour local online giving day. All funds received by BTI on this day will go to support the high school summer intern program at BTI.
“My experience was really valuable…It confirmed the fact that I want to do science…science doesn’t work a lot of the time…it’s having the motivation and determination to tackle problems that you’re always going to come across.” Juan G
To promote innovative research and collaboration, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research and the American Society of Plant Biologists are pleased to announce the formation of the Plant Science Research Network.
Fourteen teachers arrived at BTI from schools as close as Ithaca and as far as Anaheim, Calif. to attend the BTI Plant Biology Curriculum Development Projects (CDP) Teacher Institute July 13-17, 2015
On display are a selection of the hundreds of botanical mandalas Daniel McPheeters has created. “I have always been fascinated by patterns and symmetries, particularly the mandala…I love the natural forms of flowers and foliage.”
Science teachers planted switchgrass seeds, sampled algae-glycerin soap, and participated in roleplaying activities at the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program’s National STEM conference last week in Horseheads, N.Y.
In her new position, Dilworth aims to increase the representation and advancement of women at all levels in the university and to create a work environment free of gender-based biases.
BTI officially unveils new state-of-the art facility for bioinformatics project.
Becky Sims will coordinate the teacher training institutes, develop and ship plant science experiment kits to classrooms nationwide and provide support for the Tompkins Cortland Community College biology courses taught at BTI.
Professor Emeritus Alan Renwick attended the groundbreaking ceremony and spoke with the developer about the original BTI building’s history in Yonkers.
“The more we understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the infection process and in plant resistance, the more effective we’re going to be in breeding resistant crops,” said Professor Greg Martin.
BTI welcomed three new Board members in May 2015; John W. Townsend, Alan Collmer, and Susan Brown.
BTI President and CEO David Stern visited Arizona April 14-16 to attend the Boyce Thompson Arboretum board meeting and to speak about algae-derived bioproducts and his own algal biofuel research, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Professor Maria Harrison is the 2015 winner of the Dennis R. Hoagland Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists, given every three years, for her outstanding work on plant mineral nutrition.
ART@BTI features Nancy Ridenour’s photography. Public invited to reception on Thursday, April 23, 5-7 PM
Liz Brauer, a graduate researcher in the laboratory of Assistant Professor Sorina Popescu and a student in the plant pathology and plant-microbe biology section at Cornell University, received the 2015 Barbara McClintock Award.
You are confident you can discuss and defend your research with your graduate committee or any PhD scientist on campus. However, can you explain your research to a non-scientist? Prizes offered in BTI’s first speaking contest!
Two attendees of BTI’s summer teacher workshops travelled to the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM to present an algal photobioreactor laboratory, designed in BTI labs, for community college and middle school science students.
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research welcomed guests, staff, alumni, and colleagues to celebrate the 90th Anniversary on November 13 and 14, 2015.
BTI researchers attended, presented and led workshops at 23rd Annual Plant Animal Genome Conference (PAG) 2015 in San Diego.
“Biology is becoming a data science,” said Ruiz. “Biologists need to learn to use bioinformatics tools.”
Georg Jander, Michelle Cilia and Angela Douglas organized Hemiptera (sucking insects) conference held on December 4, 2014.
Visiting scholars Dr. Ignacio Maldonado-Mendoza and Dr. Melina Lopez-Meyer from The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Guasave, Sinaloa in Mexico have chosen to spend their one-year sabbatical at BTI.
William Boyce Thompson founded the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research 90 years ago in Yonkers, NY. BTI moved to Cornell campus in 1978, to affiliate with a research university, and remains a private non-profit affiliate of Cornell.
BTI professors David Stern, Zhangjun Fei, and Lukas Mueller were able to brief Bill Gates and his team on their Gates funded projects and issues of biotechnology and plant science while he was at Cornell on October 1, 2014.
$3 Million cross-cutting interdisciplinary High-Risk, High-Reward research project taps into unexplored source of antimicrobial compounds.
The 26th NABC Conference on the theme of “New DNA Editing Approaches: Methods, Applications, and Policy for Agriculture” convened in the Biotechnology Building on the Cornell campus on October 8 & 9.
BTI researchers led team that pioneered international tomato gene sequencing and genetic basis of fruit ripening. Congrats to Vrebalov, Van Eck, Mueller, Giovannoni, Fei.
“From my backyard,” photographs by David Watkins, Jr. on display during August, September, and October. Botanical portraits, including lilies, hostas, and landscapes, with vibrant color.
Research to improve feedstock that produces bioenergy.
Herbert L. Rothbart ARS Early Career Scientist of the Year and the Schroth Faces of the Future award.
Public invited to view 40 original watercolors and prints by botanical illustrator milly acharya , at BTI, 533 Tower Road, 8-5 weekdays, through July 23.
Experiments, curricula, and workshops train teachers about biofuel at BTI, thanks to Shawn Kenaley, BTI’s new Teaching Laboratory Coordinator.
The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research (BTI) has been named one of 25 Best Companies to Work For in New York State for 2014.
BTI invited public to learn more about BTI’s role in recent sequencing of coffee genome, plus presentations by other Cornell researchers from diverse fields who study coffee.
Drs. Harrison, Klessig, and Jander honored.
Cassava, a rough and ready root crop that has long been the foundation of food security in Africa is finally getting the respect it deserves.
Jim Giovannoni was one of four ASPB members to be honored by awards from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
At its May meeting, the BTI Board of Directors named Maria Harrison as the William H. Crocker Scientist.
Imagine your home being invaded by an enemy and you are unable to run away. Plants find themselves in that situation repeatedly. As they adapt to fight off pathogens, pathogens evolve to find new ways of infecting plants.
Dan Klessig is the recipient of the 2011 Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology from the American Phytopathological Society.
At an October program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to Tunisia, Daniel Klessig, Phd., a BTI scientist, visited Tunisian research centers and spoke at a conference highlighting biotechnology’s potential to mitigate climate change.
Gregory Martin, Ph.D., has been named the recipient of the Noel T. Keen Award for Research Excellence in Molecular Plant Pathology by The American Phytopathological Society (APS).
Boyce Thompson Institute President David Stern, PhD, Awarded Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists
Ithaca, N.Y., Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) President David Stern, PhD has been awarded the Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and will be formally recognized at the annual ASPB awards ceremony in Montreal, July 31.