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New Grants to CALS

  • $40 million to the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development;
  • $9.6 million to Ronnie Coffman, PhD ’71, director of international programs at CALS, and K.V. Raman, professor of plant breeding, from USAID to launch a new Agricultural Innovation Partnership with Banaras Hindu University in India;
  • $6.9 million to Susan McCouch, PhD ’90, professor of plant breeding and genetics, and others, to explore natural variation in wild and cultivated rice;
  • $5 million to Corinne Rutzke, MS ’98, PhD ’00, a senior research associate in biological and environmental engineering, and others, to train teachers to integrate hands-on learning about biofuels and bioproducts into their middle school, high school, and college classrooms;
  • $4.7 million to David Wolfe, professor in horticulture, and others, to investigate new tools and incentives for carbon, nitrogen, and greenhouse gas accounting and management in corn;
  • $4 million to Alan Collmer, PhD ’81, the Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and others, to explore plant-pathogen interactions;
  • $3.6 million to Thomas Björkman, PhD ’87, associate professor in horticulture, and others, to develop a $100 million East Coast broccoli industry;
  • $2.5 million to Thomas Brutnell, associate professor in plant breeding, and others, to develop a tool to knock out genes in maize, to better understand how drought or salt tolerance works;
  • $2 million to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bioacoustics Research Program to develop new underwater recorders that distinguish marine mammal sounds from background noise;
  • $1.5 million to William Fry, PhD ’70, and Christine Smart, professors of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology, and others, to combat late blight in tomatoes and potatoes;
  • $1.3 million to Anna Katharine Mansfield, assistant professor of enology, and others, to boost the eastern wine industry;
  • $875,000 to Ruth Ley, assistant professor of microbiology, to study the genes of twins to lead to a better understanding of how gut microbes co-evolved with humans and their diets;
  • $318,000 to Rowena Lohman, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, to study subsiding deltas and sea level rise worldwide with space-based geodetic observations.

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