July 2016
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Dear Friends,
We're pleased to share with you our 2015 Annual Report. During the past year we have published 118 scientific articles, which marks a 40% increase in publications relative to the average over the past three years. Notable publications are found in Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Current Biology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, among others. 

At the national level, during 2015 I began my role in steering the Plant Science Research Network, which endeavors to realize the full potential of plants through the advancement of research and education. Our current focus is re-imagining postdoctoral and graduate student plant science training; you'll hear more about this in the coming months. 

And now that it's summer in Ithaca we have a fresh crop of interns bringing enthusiasm and promise as our next generation of scientists. Stay tuned over the summer as we highlight the 15th anniversary of our summer internship program with updates and stories on these budding scientists.  They are mentored by postdoc and graduate researchers in faculty labs at BTI, Cornell, and the USDA.
Read below for a profile on board member Peter Cornelius, an announcement about our new Senior Director of Development and Communications, research news, and BTI happenings.
With best wishes,

David Stern
BTI President and CEO

BTI faculty honor former advisor, Steve Tanksley

Professors Susan McCouch, Greg Martin and Jim Giovannoni all spoke about the positive impacts of Tanksley’s work on their research and their lives. Read More

Peter Cornelius joins BTI board

Cornelius brings extensive experience in global economic development and investing and will lend his expertise to many critical areas of the institute’s management. Read More

Kicking off summer with delicious watermelon

Watermelons have changed from a small, bitter fruit that grows wild in Africa to the most popular fruit in the world. What's next for watermelons? Read More

BTI professor elected to National Academy of Sciences

Jim Giovannoni, Boyce Thompson Institute professor, USDA scientist and Cornell University adjunct professor of plant biology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read More

How did the petunia get so many wild colors? Ask its parents.

When gardeners look at a petunia, they see the vibrant and versatile blooms of the most popular bedding plant in the U.S. But what plant scientists see is an important model plant species—one that just became more useful with the release of its parents’ genomes Read More

Summer interns guest curate BTI Twitter account

The summer interns have taken over Twitter! Check out our Twitter feed to learn more about life in the lab for an undergrad during a #BTISummer. Read more

Stephanie Meyer joins BTI as Sr. Director of Development and Communications

Meyer has significant experience working within the non-profit and scientific communities and has strong ties to the Ithaca area. Read More

Honoring the life and work of Jean Pierre Vité

The renowned German forest scientist and former Director of the Forest Biology Program at BTI passed away July 5 at the age of 93. Read More
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