November 2, 2020| The fabled Silk Road is responsible for one of our favorite and most valuable fruits: the domesticated apple. Researchers have now assembled complete reference genomes and pan-genomes for apple and its two main wild progenitors, providing detailed genetic insights into apple domestication and important fruit traits that could help plant breeders improve the crop's flavor, texture, and resistance to stress and disease.
August 5, 2019, On Aug. 2, Schumer announced $500,000 in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS) to create the nation’s only industrial hemp germplasm repository – a seed bank – co-located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York.
(Bill Srmack) A demonstration of grafting apple trees*
NOVEMBER 26, 2017, 8:55 AM| Mo Rocca gets a lesson in horticulture from Bill Srmack, of the USDA's Plant Genetic Resources Unit in Geneva, N.Y., who shows how apple trees are grafted.
NOVEMBER 26, 2017, 9:27 AM| Was Johnny Appleseed for real? Where did apples originate? And how do horticulturists develop better and better varieties of the fruit? Mo Rocca visits the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind., and goes on a cross-country search for the history of apples, including a new variety - the Cosmic Crisp - coming soon to a produce market near you.
*Goes to Non-Federal Site
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