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School of Integrative Plant Science

School of Integrative Plant Science aims to progress fundamental insights into better plants and sustainable growth in order to help serve the world

The School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) was launched by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in June 2014 to provide a unifying framework for five Sections (formerly Departments) with interrelated activities in the plant sciences at Cornell: Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology, and Soil & Crop Sciences. The Sections are associated with distinct disciplines, graduate fields, and knowledge bases, but are increasingly connected by urgent challenges and revolutionary tools relevant to all plant scientists.

School of Integrative Plant Science

A foundation of fundamental insights

The SIPS community envisions fundamental insights as the foundation for achieving better plants, sustainably grown, serving the world.

  • New insights into plant cellular systems, plant interactions with emerging pests and pathogens, stresses of a changing climate, and human nutritional needs will produce a growing queue for useful plant improvements.
  • Novel and precision agriculture methods can dramatically alter agroecosystems in favor of environmental sustainability and prolonged productivity.
  • All of these advances have the potential to improve economic activity and human health and well-being locally and around the world.

An operating principle of the School is to maximise information flow in all directions across the broad activities that start with fundamental insights and culminate in service to the world.

Plant science to better sustainable growth

Encouraging diversity

Cornell University is a place where intercultural skills are developed and used everywhere:  throughout our diverse campus groups, with our community partners, within our classrooms and in our workplaces.  At Cornell, we recognize people with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring great value to education, discovery, creativity, and engagement which is reflected in our long history of diversity and inclusion.

Here in the School of Integrative Plant Science, we take pride in the ways in which our land grant mission calls us to address the needs of diverse stakeholders as well as our long tradition of international engagement. However, we are continuing to actively work at identifying barriers faced by underrepresented groups among faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to insure that SIPS provides a welcoming environment where individuals can bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to our collective task of finding science-based solutions to the world’s challenges.  See SIPS diversity data – Fall 2017

For more insights on the benefits of a diverse working environment, read Katherine Phillips’ article in Scientific AmericanHow Diversity Makes Us Smarter.

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Nina Bassuk, Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY explains the importance of finding space for trees in the urban environment. She also shares her thoughts on the value of green spaces in inner cities and how we should choose the best trees for this purpose
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Greening the inner city – How do we choose the best...

Nina Bassuk from the Urban Horticulture Institute, School of Integrative Plant Science Cornell University shares her thoughts on the value of green spaces in inner cities and how we should choose the best trees for this purpose.