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Horticulture

Field Description

Although emphasis is on horticultural plants and systems commonly found in areas of temperate climate, graduate study on species and cropping systems of tropical areas is also possible by use of our extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities, and through conduct of thesis research in tropical areas.

Members of the graduate field of horticulture reside in the Department of Horticulture on the Ithaca campus, and at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. In addition, some faculty members of other departments such as Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, Crop and Soil Science, etc., may also be members of the graduate field of horticulture.

Minor fields of study may be selected from such areas as plant physiology, pathology, anatomy, or ecology; biochemistry; botany; entomology; taxonomy; genetics; education; soils; agricultural, resource, and managerial economics; communication; agricultural and biological engineering; and landscape architecture.

All students receive experience in academic education and Cooperative Extension programs.

M.P.S.(Agriculture and Life Sciences) program. Requirements for the Master of Professional Studies (Agriculture and Life Sciences) degree are two residence units; thirty credits of mostly advanced course work related to the student's professional interests; a problem-solving project; and a minimum grade point average of 2.5. In addition, the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences) program has a Peace Corps option in which the student undertakes two semesters of academic work at Cornell and a Peace Corps assignment. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit the M.P.S. (Agriculture and Life Sciences)/Peace Corps Web site, or contact International Programs, 33 Warren Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853; phone 607-255-3035; e-mail: peacecorps@cornell.edu.

M.S.-M.L.A. program. In this program, students work simultaneously toward an M.S. degree in the Field Horticulture and a Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) degree in the Field of Landscape Architecture over a period of three and a half years. Acceptance by both fields is required. Requirements for the joint degree program are: seven residence units; course work determined in consultation with the Special Committee; a thesis; and a final examination. The thesis project must contain components of both horticulture and landscape architecture.

Research facilities.
At the Ithaca campus, research facilities include laboratories equipped for studies of all aspects of plant physiology, including photosynthesis, pre- and postharvest physiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, photobiology, analysis for chemical elements, and tissue culture. Extensive greenhouse and growth chamber facilities permit varying degrees of plant environmental control. Facilities for postharvest research include rooms for refrigerated and controlled atmosphere storage. Field facilities include two research orchards for study of fruit crops, two vegetable research farms, an outdoor nursery, turfgrass research areas, and the Cornell Botanic Gardens, an extensive botanical garden. At the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, laboratories, greenhouses and growth chamber facilities similar to those in Ithaca are found. In addition, 600 acres of orchards and 200 acres of vegetable experimental farmland are available for research purposes. A wide range of apple, grape, and vegetable germplasm is maintained by the USDA Plant Introduction Station, the National Clonal Repository and the fruit and vegetable breeders. Research is also conducted at the Hudson Valley Lab (fruit research), the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (grape and vegetable research), and the Fredonia Grape Research Station.


Contact Information

Website: http://hort.cals.cornell.edu
Email: hortgrad@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-9573

134A Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • breeding of horticultural crops
  • horticultural crop management systems
  • human-plant interactions
  • physiology and ecology of horticultural crops

Horticultural Biology

  • breeding of horticultural crops
  • horticultural crop management systems
  • human-plant interactions
  • physiology and ecology of horticultural crops

Faculty

Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: urban site assessment and amelioration. woody plant evaluation, selection, propagation and transplanting
Taryn L. Bauerle - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: root biology
Elizabeth A. Bihn - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: Horticultural Crop Management Systems: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), fruit and vegetable microbial safety, on-farm surface water quality, educational material design, curriculum development
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: vegetable physiology
Mark P Bridgen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: floriculture breeding; plant tissue culture; plant propagation; herbaceous ornamental plants; cut flowers; breeding plants
Susan K Brown - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: breeding of apples
Lailiang Cheng - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: metabolic and environmental regulation of photosynthesis; carbon-nitrogen relationships; nutrition, physiology and management of fruit crops
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: hormonal control of plant development -- stem elongation, potato tuberization, fruit ripening, and senescence
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: soil biology
Gennaro Fazio - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: apple rootstock breeding; germplasm enhancement; rootstock-scion interactions; rootstock influence on plant architecture and development; root growth and development
Susheng Gan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: plant genomics; molecular regulatory mechanisms and biotechnology of plant senescence; molecular postharvest biology
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: genetic regulation of tomato fruit ripening
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: genetic improvement of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and beans; breeding for disease resistance
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: potato and bean production
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: weed ecology; plant-soil interactions; urban ecosystems
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: soil fertility and plant nutrition
Rui Hai Liu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: diet and cancer; phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables; functional foods/nutraceuticals; herbal remedies for cancer and hepatitis
Jason P. Londo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: Research on the genetics and physiology of abiotic stress resistance in cultivated and wild grapevine with special emphasis on cold hardiness and drought resistance. Specific areas of study include genomics, population genetics, and plant physiology.
Neil S. Mattson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: floriculture; plant physiology; mineral nutrition; crop modeling
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: orchard agroecology; integrated crop management; nutrition, soil/weed management; root biology
William B Miller - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: floriculture; crop physiology
Jane Mt Pleasant - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: soil and cropping systems; sustainable agriculture
Kenneth W Mudge - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: plant propagation - conventional and micropropagation; woody plant physiology; agroforestry
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: vegetable breeding
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: genomics and molecular biology of grapevines
Travis D. Park - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: Agricultural education; teacher preparation; agricultural literacy
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: horticultural crop management systems; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: hard cider, organic agriculture, pomology, soil ecology, sustainable agriculture, systems-level research
Scott J Peters - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: history of American higher education; public engagement; civic education; community organizing and development; political theory; public philosophy
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: turfgrass science; groundwater quality; water conservation
Marvin P Pritts - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: cultural practices and physiology of berry crops
Donald A Rakow - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: public-garden management
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: cultural practices with vegetables
Stephen Reiners - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: vegetable crop production
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: grapevine breeding and genetics
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: orchard management and production systems; physiology of tree fruits
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops, pomology
Frank S Rossi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: turfgrass science; ecology and stress tolerance
Sonja M. Skelly - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: urban horticulture
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: breeding, genomics and physiology of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop; yield trials and variety selection; characterization of gene expression important to biomass production
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: seed and vegetable science
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: viticulture; culture and physiology of optimizing fruit aroma and flavor composition
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: postharvest physiology of fruit crops
Courtney A Weber - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops; horticultural crop management systems Research Interests: berry crops breeding; plant genomics
Nancy M Wells - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions Research Interests: the effects of the natural and built environment on human health and well-being through the life course
Concentrations: Horticultural Biology: human-plant interactions; physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: ecophysiology of trees; stress physiology; urban horticulture; restoration ecology
H Chris Wien - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: physiology and cultural practices of vegetables
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: horticultural crop management systems; Horticultural Biology: physiology and ecology of horticultural crops Research Interests: stress physiology; soil and water management of vegetable production systems
Kenong Xu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Agriculture and Life Sciences: breeding of horticultural crops Research Interests: plant genetics; genomics; molecular biology