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Rebecca Nelson

rebecca nelson


303A Plant Science
(607) 254-7475

My interests and objectives pertain to plant pathology, plant breeding and international agriculture. I serve as Scientific Director for The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), a competitive grants program that funds agricultural research in developing countries. At Cornell, my affiliations are with the Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section and Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, as well as with International Agriculture and Rural Development and the Institute for Genomic Diversity. My own research program is focused on understanding the ways in which plants defend themselves against pathogen attack.

Research Focus

Exploring natural genetic diversity for quantitative disease resistance in maize

Outreach and Extension Focus

International agriculture and rural development. Through the McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) Website [] and CCRP workshops and related activities, the Program makes information available to stakeholders serving the agricultural and academic sectors around the world.

Teaching Focus

International agriculture and rural development