October 1, 2015
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Dear Friends,

First off, let me wish a happy birthday to the Boyce Thompson Institute! Will Thompson founded the institution 91 years ago on September 24, 1924.

On that same day in 2015, the Postgraduate Society hosted an enjoyable and informative symposium for researchers and staff. The BTI community came together for a poster session and guest speakers centered on the theme of “Envisioning our role in agricultural and ecological sustainability.”
BTI leadership is also committed to economic sustainability. Read the profile of Tompkins Trust Company CEO and BTI board member Greg Hartz to learn more about his mission to support the continued economic vibrancy of Ithaca and BTI.
In research news, Dan Klessig and colleagues discovered new insight into the way  aspirin acts on the human body, offering hope for new aspirin-like drugs to treat a variety of diseases, and John Ramsey of the Cilia laboratory reports the latest updates on citrus greening disease from a recent conference.

In our 91-year history, BTI has generated many significant discoveries and I’m confident that our faculty will continue to make advances far into the institute’s future.


David Stern
BTI President and CEO

New insight into aspirin's effects

Klessig Lab discovers salicylic acid targets the activities of HMGB1, an inflammatory protein associated with a wide variety of diseases.  Read more

BTI Board member sustains BTI and Ithaca

Greg Hartz, president and CEO of Tompkins Trust Company, advises and oversees financial and administrative aspects of BTI, maintaining a strong connection between BTI and the local community.  Read more

Citrus greening disease continues to spread

Cilia Lab is at the cutting edge of research on Huanglongbing disease, which has devastated the Florida citrus industry and now threatens California. Read more

BTI Science Symposium, 2015

Great weather and attendance for Boyce Thompson Institute annual PGS symposium! The theme: Envisioning Our Role in Agricultural and Ecological Sustainability.  View the slide show

Invisible viruses in everyday food

Plant viruses can be found in just about any meal and do not pose a threat to humans but many of them create unappetizing fruits and vegetables and can reduce yields or even kill the plant. Read more

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