Plant roots and mycorrhizae work together to help create healthy soil.

Soil health through plant roots and mycorrhizaeSoil health through plant roots and mycorrhizae

Professor Johannes Lehmann and technician Akio Enders produce biochar.

Two scientists producing biocharTwo scientists producing biochar

Professor Johannes Lehmann holds biochar made in Cornell's pyrolysis kiln.

Scientist holding biocharScientist holding biochar

Students in IPM class sample for pests.

Students in Integrated Pest Management class sample for pests on potatoes.Students in Integrated Pest Management class sample for pests on potatoes.

Young Kim, a student in the Field Crop Systems Course, visits the World Crop Garden

Young Kim, a student in the Field Crop Systems Course, visits the World Crop GardenYoung Kim, a student in the Field Crop Systems Course, visits the World Crop Garden

Peter Hyde, part of the Setter lab, discusses cassava research.

Peter Hyde, research support specialist for the Setter Lab working in the Guterman Greenhouses.Peter Hyde, research support specialist for the Setter Lab working in the Guterman Greenhouses.

Matt Ryan and grad student Ann Bybee-Finley inspect perennial grains trials.

Matt Ryan and graduate student Ann Bybee-Finley inspecting perennial grains trials at Musgrave Research Farm.Matt Ryan and graduate student Ann Bybee-Finley inspecting perennial grains trials at Musgrave Research Farm.

A postdoctoral researcher sets up remote sensing equipment in a corn field.

Postdoctoral researcher Christine Yao-Yun Chang works in a corn field at Musgrave Research FarmPostdoctoral researcher Christine Yao-Yun Chang works in a corn field at Musgrave Research Farm

Emeritus Professor Bill Cox presents his research to attendees of an annual field day.

Bill Cox presents his research to Small Grains Management Field Day attendeesBill Cox presents his research to Small Grains Management Field Day attendees
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Welcome

Our section addresses the challenge of developing environmentally sustainable agricultural systems to produce food for a world population that is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. We provide expertise to mitigate the impact of climate change and to develop the potential of sustainable biofuel crops. Our work on nutrient and carbon fluxes in ecosystems helps increase nutrient use efficiency, improve soil health and solve greenhouse-gas issues. We promote productive and sustainable land use practices on regional, national, and international scales. Learn more