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2009 Spotlight

Repatriation for the Fungi of China

April 2009 Spotlight

Chinese FungiOn April 13, after 70 years, fungi collected and subsequently shipped out of China prior to World War II was repatriated as part of a symbolic hand-off between Cornell University and China. See the links below for more information on this story.

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Time Flies When You are Having Fun (With Time Lapse Movies)

March 2009 Spotlight

Rotting FruitRotting fruit, expanding mushrooms and defoliating insects are just some of the items featured in this new web gallery of time lapse movies (32 at this point) assembled at the Department's Photo Lab's web site.

Photographer Kent Loeffler of Cornells Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology takes photos of a subject over an extended period of time and combines these into a video that compresses hours of action into mere seconds.

Short captions are included for each movie containing information about the organisms, the science involved and technical data on the frame rate and length of the project. In addition to the Flash version, downloadable QuickTime and Windows Media versions are available for each movie. Watch the sped up version of things like a peach decaying or an amanita mushroom growing at this web site and see the process magically unfold in a matter of seconds.


Beneath Notice

February 2009 Spotlight

Beneath Notice LandscapesDepartment Photographer Kent Loeffler and Faculty member Kathi Hodge present a new series of miniature landscapes created using the tiny camera lens of a borescope. The show explores the unseen world of fungi from a bug's eye perspective.

The show will be on display at Mann Library from Jan. 12th - Feb 27th, 2009. 


Collaborative Crop Research Program to Expand with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

January 2009 Spotlight

Dr. Rebecca NelsonDr. Rebecca Nelson, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, serves as the Scientific Director of The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP). The McKnight Foundation recently received the good news that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $26.7 million to expand the CCRP. With this expansion, Nelson will take on the new role of Liaison Scientist for the CCRP grants cluster in the East and Horn of Africa.

She and her family will spend the Spring 2009 semester in Kenya on sabbatical, to advance the CCRP work in the region and to further her lab's efforts on maize disease resistance. She will be hosted at the BioSciences East and Central Africa hub at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi.