Pumpkin genomes sequenced revealing uncommon evolutionary history

Pumpkin genomes sequenced revealing uncommon evolutionary history

For some, pumpkins conjure carved Halloween decorations, but for many people around the world, these gourds provide nutrition. Scientists at Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and the National Engineering Research Center for Vegetables in Beijing have sequenced the genomes of two important pumpkin species, Cucurbita maxima and Cucurbita moschata.

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels

This week, researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: Algal droplet bioreactors on a chip.

Hot tomatoes! MPMI Cover features BTI research

Hot tomatoes! MPMI Cover features BTI research

This month, the cover of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions features a publication by Simon Schwizer from the Martin Lab at BTI that furthers our understanding of how tomatoes are able to resist infection by Pseudomonas syringae, the causal agent of bacterial speck, a common disease in upstate NY.

In Memoriam: Klaus Apel

In Memoriam: Klaus Apel

Klaus Apel, former professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute, passed away on June 30th at the age of 74.

Yonkers’ Boyce Thompson Center opening pays homage to BTI’s history and roots

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 23rd, 2017, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening of the new Boyce Thompson Center.

Global partnerships for improving cassava

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.

Lindsay awarded USDA/NIFA pre-doctoral fellowship

Lindsay awarded USDA/NIFA pre-doctoral fellowship

Penelope Lindsay, a Cornell University graduate student in Plant Biology in the lab of BTI Professor Maria Harrison, has been awarded a 2-year fellowship from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Q&A with board member Susan Brown

BTI board member and Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell University, Susan Brown, shares her wisdom on all things related to apples.

New Ventures: Jacqueline Heard Joins BTI Boards

Drawing on her background in plant pathology and biotechnology, Heard advises agricultural startups, with the goal of launching companies that will bring new innovations to agriculture.

BTI Says Goodbye to Klaus Apel

BTI Says Goodbye to Klaus Apel

Professor Klaus Apel can pinpoint the exact time he chose to be a plant scientist. As a young person, Apel was seriously interested in birding and so he entered the University of Hamburg to study biology, with a special emphasis on zoology. But in a year-long,...
Remembering Ralph Hardy

Remembering Ralph Hardy

The former President and CEO of the Boyce Thompson Institute and pioneer of nitrogen fixation research passed away August 2 at the age of 82.

In Memoriam: Dorothy Dent Park

The faculty and staff of BTI express their deepest sympathies to the Park family, with the passing of Dorothy Park, dedicated humanitarian and president emeritus of the Park Foundation.

Jander Lab Members Win ASPB Awards

Jander Lab Members Win ASPB Awards

Postdoctoral researcher Vered Tzin received support to present her work at the American Society for Plant Biology annual meeting in July, and Cairo Archer received an undergraduate research fellowship to support her summer research in the Jander lab

BTI Hosts 15th Annual Student Research Symposium

Intern Anniversary Series: Stephen Bolus

Bolus was a 2011 intern in the Klessig Lab, which confirmed his research interests in molecular plant-microbe interactions. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in plant pathology at UC Davis.

BTI Co-hosts Greenhouse Curators Conference

Attendees of the 2016 Association of Education and Research Greenhouse Curators annual meeting in July will spend a morning at BTI learning about its history and research