Soil and Crop Sciences
Soil and Crop Sciences is a section within the School of Integrative Plant Science. Formerly the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and before that, the Department of Agronomy, the section has had a long and distinguished history at Cornell. While studies in agronomy at Cornell have existed from the beginnings of the University, it was in 1922 that the newly formed Department of Agronomy was established with 2 crops faculty and 7 soils faculty. Today the Department has a faculty of 39 professorial positions including 14 in soils, and 14 in crops. One senior research associate, one senior extension associate, and one lecturer are also part of the faculty. In addition, scientists from the USDA, Boyce Thompson Institute and NYS Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva hold adjunct professorial appointments. Numerous professional staff and, at any one time several visiting scientists, are an integral part of departmental programs. There are also at any one time between 75 and 90 graduate students working on degrees under the guidance of departmental faculty. There have been over 1,200 Masters and Doctoral degrees granted in CSS since 1888.
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Data from: Synergies between mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities increase plant nitrogen acquisition (2019)Nitrogen availability often restricts primary productivity in terrestrial ecosystems. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are ubiquitous symbionts of terrestrial plants and can improve plant nitrogen acquisition, but have a limited ...
(2018)Fire-derived organic matter is present in the Earth’s soil, sediment, atmosphere, and water. We investigated interactions of pyrogenic organic matter (PyOM) with ammonia (NH3) gas, which makes up much of the Earth’s reactive ...
Nitrogen NEXAFS spectra for uncharred OM, PyOM, PyOM after extraction and PyOM toluene extract and C_N mineralization data for uncharred OM and PyOM (2018-11-28)The molecular structure of pyrogenic organic matter (PyOM) is generally considered to exert a dominant control on PyOM-C mineralization, yet similar information is lacking for PyOM-N. In this study, we evaluated how the ...
(2018-11-13)As with any modern industry, the agriculture industry is growing and advancing. With the average age of farmers rising, soon the next generation will be responsible for the industry's success. Their perspective and ...