Monthly Archives: May 2015

New Cornell Greenhouse Houses NEXTGEN Cassava Plants

Thanks to Anja Timm and Craig Cramer for a great post about the new greenhouses on Cornell’s campus that house the NEXTGEN Cassava Project’s cassava plants!

Cassava plant photo by Anja Timm

Cassava plants in the new greenhouse.
Photo courtesy of Anja Timm.

From Anja Timm (, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station (CUAES):

“Cornell researchers now have a new, state-of-the-art greenhouse facility available to house tall crops important to New York State growers, such as corn, trellised peas, alfalfa and biofuel grasses.

Part of the Guterman Greenhouse Range east of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the 8,000-square-foot facility is also home to research projects with international impact, such as the cassava breeding project.

Precision environmental controls, 16-foot double-pane glass side walls, and shade- and insulation-curtains in all eight compartments create a highly energy-efficient research environment…”

Read Anja’s full post.

Guardian Article Covers NEXTGEN Cassava’s Progress

Edith Acengo (42) carries Cassava back to the IDP camp where she lives. Photo by Dan Chung for the Guardian

Photo by Dan Chung for the Guardian

A recent article in The Guardian by Jean-Luc Jannink discusses NEXTGEN Cassava’s objectives and its progress as the project enters its third year. Jean-Luc outlines the importance of cassava production in the developing world, the challenges that cassava farmers face, and the scientific techniques NEXTGEN Cassava is employing to unlock cassava’s true potential in Africa.

Jean-Luc Jannink is a Research Plant Geneticist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. He leads NextGen Cassava’s Genomic Selection objective.

Read the full article.