March 19, 2016
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Dear Friends,
There have been some exciting developments in the last month at BTI. We were named one of 2016’s Best Companies to Work for in New York State; evidence of our attention to career-building and competitive compensation. As a result we have employees that are creatively and energetically engaged with BTI’s mission. And two researchers affiliated with BTI—Jim Giovannoni and Leon Kochian—were listed in the world’s “Most Influential Scientific Minds.” The rankings are calculated by Thomson Reuters based on the citation rates of their publications.
In research news, the Jander laboratory had a cover story in Molecular Ecology on how maize fends off attacks from caterpillars and aphids. The work describes the tradeoffs in its defense against the two species, and how the knowledge could be applied to crop improvement.
Also, don’t miss the profile of our longtime board member Roy Park Jr. Park is the CEO of Park Outdoor Advertising and the founder of the Triad Foundation. Triad’s support of BTI has been instrumental in driving innovative new research projects at the institute through its Plants and Human Health grant program.
Though spring has barely arrived, BTI is already looking forward to summer, when we’ll host the 15th class of BTI summer interns. To celebrate the 400-plus interns who have worked at BTI over the years, we will be running a series of intern spotlights to showcase our former students’ accomplishments. Check back weekly for new installments.
With best wishes,

David Stern
BTI President and CEO

The herbivores dilemma

Jander lab members investigate the chemical defenses that young corn plants use to fight off simultaneous attacks from hungry insects. Read More

Roy Park Jr. enhances family commitment to BTI

Park honors his father's legacy through his BTI board service and the Triad Foundation's Plants and Human Health grant program. Read More

BTI named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State

BTI has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2016. Read More

BTI faculty listed in world’s “Most Influential Scientific Minds”

Giovannoni and Kochian both ranked in the top 1 percent of researchers publishing in plant and animal science. Read More

Happy 15th anniversary, BTI summer internship program!

To celebrate the more than 400 students who have spent a summer of research and discovery at BTI, we're showcasing the whereabouts and accomplishments of a handful of these interns. Check back weekly for new installments. Read More

(Image: The people behind the PGRP: Professor Jian Hua of Cornell University, Director of Education and Outreach Tiffany Fleming, BTI Professor Georg Jander, Director of the USDA Holley Center Leon Kochian, Education and Outreach Assistant Nicole Waters Fisher.)
Mission: To advance and communicate scientific knowledge in plant biology to improve agriculture, protect the environment, and enhance human health

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