Improving the quality and nutritional quality of vegetables and protecting them from weather extremes

Program or topic of research 

Improving the quality and nutritional quality of vegetables and protecting them from weather extremes

Department or unit 

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Contact information 

Michael Mazourek
Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics
mm284@cornell.edu 

Program goals 

Adapt vegetables to present and future conditions in the Nirtheast US for production with good quality and nutrition

Brief description of program 

The overall theme of Dr. Mazourek’s program is innovation of vegetables for adaptation for production in the Northeastern US and to be of improved quality and nutrition for consumers. Most of his work is done in organic farming systems. His research focus is on the chemistry that underlies and mediates plant adaptation to the biotic environment with the consideration that humans are a part of this biotic environment that has co-evolved with plants. His studies take place with pepper, squash, cucumber, melon, watermelon, and snap peas and resulting germplasm and knowledge is shared with global partners that are dealing with the same issues in their diverse regions. He evaluates both varieties and cultural techniques within high tunnels (plastic greenhouses) that are becoming more common as a way to extend the season but also helps address the greater weather, and to some extent, pest extremes we are now experiencing as the climate changes.

More information 

http://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/michael-mazourek-0

 



Category: Agriculture/Farming, Human health, Plant breeding and genetics, Research

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