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Plant Science greenhouses
Photo by D. Dailey O'Brien
Plant Science greenhouses

As part of an expansive Ivy League university, the section of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology houses and shares some of the world’s preeminent resources for the study of plant pathology and plant-microbe interactions.

Ithaca campus 

The Ithaca campus – on a hilltop overlooking Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes – is home to the section’s classrooms and many laboratories, greenhouses, and field plots. View Ithaca campus map

  • Plant Pathology Herbarium: This collection of preserved fungi and other organisms that cause plant disease is one of the top five largest mycological herbariums in North America. It holds about 400,000 fungus and plant disease specimens, including over 7,000 type specimens, each the first of its kind to be described and named.
  • Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic: A lab providing plant disease diagnostic services, including analysis of plant material and soil for bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens.

Geneva Campus

Cornell AgriTech
The Geneva campus, located 50 miles northwest of Ithaca, is home to faculty scientists from the departments of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Horticulture, and Food Science. It is one of the world’s preeminent research facilities focused on the sciences related to fruit and vegetable crops and other plants of economic interest. View map

  • Phytophthora Research Farm: A special farm constructed for studying Phytophthora Blight at Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Plant Transformation Facility

The CALS Plant Transformation Facility (PTF) is set up for transformation with Agrobacterium, biolistics, and protoplasts.  The PTF currently focuses on rice, maize, and crops of particular significance to the New York State agricultural economy. 

Field Stations

  • Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center:  A 68-acre facility featuring state-of-the-art greenhouses, a nursery and container production area, a plant tissue culture facility, and prime agricultural land that supports vegetables, grapes, and ornamental plants. It serves the horticultural industries of Long Island. View map of the center
  • Hudson Valley Station: Located in Highland, New York, the station consists of 19 acres of land for fruit research as well as laboratory and greenhouse facilities. The laboratory building and the land on which the building is situated are owned by the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory, Inc. - a non-profit grower organization - and rented by Cornell. View map of the station
  • Uihlein Farm: A 175-acre farm to that supports the development of potato varieties resistant to the potato cyst nematode, a pest of national importance. View map of the farm