September 3, 2015
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Dear Friends,
Fire up the grill! It’s Labor Day, and it’s been a great summer at BTI.
For 10 weeks, BTI hosted 42 summer interns who worked alongside scientists in our labs. The students collected data, thought through problems and developed new tools to advance BTI research. Along the way they picked up career skills such as public speaking, collaboration and persistence through adversity.
A highlight of the program was the 2015 Student Symposium, which provided an opportunity for interns to exhibit their hard-earned results to the BTI community.  Watch the slide show at the end of the article.
Noteworthy on the research front this month, the Catalá Laboratory has successfully tracked which genes turn on and off in different parts of wild tomato flowers as they transform into fruits. Be sure to check out Carmen’s new video of laser capture microdissection. Tomatoes are a model organism for studying fruit development and so these findings may apply to many kinds of produce.
Let’s all toss a tomato on the grill next week to honor the wonders of discovery!


David Stern
BTI President and CEO

From flower to fruit, study reveals details

Catalá Lab tracks which genes turn on and off in each tissue as wild tomato flowers transform into tomatoes, using laser capture microdissection.  Read more

Cairo Archer thrives in plant science

Archer came to BTI as an Ithaca High School intern in 2014, and now is a Cornell undergraduate in the Jander lab at BTI. “I actually like coming to the lab more than I like going to class,”  Read more

Ronald TED talk @ BTI

BTI staff, researchers, & interns were among 1,130,469 viewers of "The Case for Engineering our Food," by UC Davis professor Pamela Ronald, a BTI National Advisory Council member. Read more

ART@BTI: You're invited!

At the reception on Wed., Sept. 16, enter to win a botanical mandala by our featured artist, Daniel McPheeters. Attend to enter!  Read more
Eventbrite - Art@BTI - Reception & Talk at Boyce Thompson Institute

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