Students Become Gene Detectives to Fight Citrus Greening

Students Become Gene Detectives to Fight Citrus Greening

A group of students and experts work together through video conferencing to identify the genes in the genome of the newly sequenced Asian citrus psyllid, the insect that spreads the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease.

The Herbivores Dilemma

Jander lab members investigate the chemical defenses that young corn plants use to fight off simultaneous attacks from hungry insects.

The “Speck”-ter Haunting New York Tomato Fields

The “Speck”-ter Haunting New York Tomato Fields

The BTI tomato field experienced a damaging outbreak of bacterial speck disease this summer, but BTI’s Greg Martin has identified genetic regions in a wild tomato species that may make future varieties immune to these devastating bacterial strains.

$6.5 Million Grant May Lead to Disease-Resistant Cucurbits

$6.5 Million Grant May Lead to Disease-Resistant Cucurbits

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.

Invisible Viruses in Everyday Food

Invisible Viruses in Everyday Food

Most people get a daily dose of virus in the form of plant or insect viruses that are harmless to humans. Consuming the occasional plant or insect virus should be the least of our worries.

Key Protein for Plant-Fungal Symbiosis Discovered

Key Protein for Plant-Fungal Symbiosis Discovered

Harrison Lab has discovered that plants use EXO70I to form a membrane around the fungus in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) symbioses, beneficial associations where plants receive phosphate from fungi in exchange for carbohydrates.

Chemicals from Parasitic Worms Boost Plant Immunity

Chemicals from Parasitic Worms Boost Plant Immunity

When plants detect pheromones given off by nematode worms, they activate their immune system for protection. The chemical warning not only triggers defenses against nematodes, but also against bacterial, fungal and viral infection.

Plant Experts Discuss New Seeds and Old Seed Catalogs

Plant Experts Discuss New Seeds and Old Seed Catalogs

Professor James Giovannoni, “There’s a great deal of diversity that’s still available from these varieties that potentially have a lot of useful traits, including tolerance to stresses and important fruit traits.”

Of Spray Paint and Plant Stress

Of Spray Paint and Plant Stress

Klaus Apel’s work is a step in understanding how plants respond to stress…singlet oxygen doesn’t deserve its bad reputation for wrecking cells and killing the plant.

All’s Fair in Love and War (on Insects)

All’s Fair in Love and War (on Insects)

Patricia Pinheiro was drawn to the study of insects like a moth to flame. As a grad student in the Cornell Entomology Department and Assistant Professor Michelle Cilia’s lab, Pinheiro studies insects that feed on plants and transmit pathogens.

Lukas Mueller: Ace of Bases

Lukas Mueller: Ace of Bases

The Yambase database will allow users to access the yam genome browser hosted by the Iwate Biotechnology Research Center in Japan and will house information about desirable yam characteristics and tools for breeders.

New equipment opens up ‘mass’ive possibilities

New equipment opens up ‘mass’ive possibilities

The Boyce Thompson Institute starts off 2015 with a generous gift from the Triad Foundation and researchers are about to open their most exciting present: a high-resolution mass spectrometer. The instrument, which can determine the chemical formula – and possibly even...
Mexican Professors Revisit BTI’s Harrison Lab

Mexican Professors Revisit BTI’s Harrison Lab

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.