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Plant Biology

Field Description

In addition to studying a major subject in the Field of Plant Biology, students also take course work in two other minor subjects of their choice, either in or outside the field. The field has no language requirement.

Students who want to major in plant ecology are encouraged to apply through the Field of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Research facilities:
The field provides equipment and expertise in all research programs related to the special interests of the faculty. Instrumentation of modern molecular and biochemical techniques, visible and electron microscopy, biological spectrometry, and computing equipment are available. Growth chambers, cell culture and transformation facilities, greenhouses, and field plots are also readily available. Wiegand Herbarium, adjacent to the Plant Science Building, houses one of the nation's major systematics resources.


Contact Information

Website: http://plantbio.cals.cornell.edu/academics/graduate
Email: kpg2@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4075

412 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Plant Biology

  • cytology
  • paleobotany
  • plant biochemistry
  • plant cell biology
  • plant ecology
  • plant molecular biology
  • plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • plant physiology
  • systematic botany

Faculty

Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: cytoplasmic male sterility in plants; RNA editing; molecular genetics; genome editing; organellar gene expression
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant physiology Research Interests: developmental physiology of vegetables; environmental regulation and root development
Adam Bogdanove
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: plant pathology, gene editing, plant pathogen interaction
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: functional genomics of bacterial-pathogen interactions with emphasis on secreted bacterial virulence proteins
William L Crepet - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: paleobotany; systematic botany Research Interests: paleobotany; systematics and evolution of angiosperms; evolutionary history of floral structure and angiosperm pollination mechanisms
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant physiology Research Interests: hormonal regulation of plant growth and development, using defined genotypes
Jerrold I Davis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: systematic botany Research Interests: botanical systematics; phylogenetics of monocots, particularly grasses; nature of species, and their delimitation
Jeffrey J Doyle - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; systematic botany Research Interests: molecular plant systematics; gene phylogeny and evolution; evolution of nodulation
Susheng Gan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: plant genomics, molecular regulatory mechanisms and biotechnology of plant senescence; molecular post-harvest biology
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: molecular genetics of fruit development and ripening; plant biochemistry
Maureen R Hanson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: organelle gene and genome structure and expression; RNA editing; nuclear genes for organelle proteins
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: molecular basis of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis; plant phosphate transport; plant phosphate nutrition; root biology
Jian Hua - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: molecular genetics of temperature responses in plants; regulation of plant defense responses
Georg Jander - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: plant-insect interactions; plant amino acid biosynthesis; plant biochemistry
Andre Kessler - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant ecology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: molecular and chemical ecology; plant-insect interactions; induced plant responses to herbivory
Daniel F Klessig - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: plant-virus interaction; signal transduction in defense responses; salicylic acid-mediated signaling
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant biochemistry; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: molecular physiology of plant ion transport; plant abiotic stress tolerance; plant biochemistry
Li Li - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: enhancement of nutritional value of food crops
Gregory B Martin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology Research Interests: molecular basis of disease resistance in plants; signal transduction; genomics; applications of genetic engineering
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: development and application of molecular tools for rice improvement
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: pest resistance and use of wild species in tomato and onion
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: self-incompatibility phenomena; cell-cell interactions in plants
Concentrations: Plant Biology: paleobotany; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics Research Interests: plant evolution, morphology, and biomechanics
Kevin C Nixon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: systematic botany Research Interests: taxonomy of oaks (Quercus); cladistic theory; paleobotany and phylogeny of angiosperms; cladistic computer programs
Thomas G Owens - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: physiology; biophysics and regulation of photosynthesis; plant stress responses; plant biochemistry
Wojtek Pawlowski - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: plant molecular biology; meiosis mechanisms of homologous chromosome pairing and meiotic recombination
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: ion transport, stress response, aluminum tolerance, calcium signaling
Robert A. Raguso - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant ecology Research Interests: chemical communication between flowering plants and their pollinators and natural enemies
Eric J. Richards - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology Research Interests: epigenetics of Arabidopsis
Eloy Rodriguez - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant ecology; systematic botany Research Interests: plant chemical systematics/evolution; medical botany; cellular phytochemistry; plant biochemistry
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; plant physiology Research Interests: plant development; molecular genetics; cell division; cell differention
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: structure and function of plant cell walls and the critical role that primary walls play in the regulation of most aspects of plant growth and development
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics Research Interests: plant development; comparative analysis of meristem function; evolution of leaf morphology
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant physiology Research Interests: environmental stress response - hormonal and sugar signaling; cell division; reproductive abortion
Jed P Sparks - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant physiology Research Interests: plant physiological ecology; plant physiology; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; stable isotopes
David B Stern - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: regulation of plant organelle gene expression by nuclear factors
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology
E Robert Turgeon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant molecular biology; plant morphology, anatomy, and biomechanics; plant physiology Research Interests: phloem transport; carbohydrate synthesis; phloem loading; structure and function of plasmodesmata
Klaas Van Wijk - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant biochemistry; plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: chloroplast biogenesis; proteomics; mass spectrometry; protein complexes; Arabiodopsis; plant biochemistry
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology; plant physiology Research Interests: molecular analysis of heavy metal detoxification in plants; proteome and metabolome responses to heave metal toxicity
Randy O Wayne - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: cytology; plant cell biology; plant physiology Research Interests: understanding plant cell responses of light, gravity, and salt stress
Stephen C Winans - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Plant Biology: plant molecular biology Research Interests: cell signaling between the plant pathogen Agrobacterium tumefaciens and its plant hosts