Nathan Eylands, Graduate Student, Mattson Lab, School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section at Cornell University
Nate is a PhD candidate of Horticulture at Cornell University specializing in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). As a team member of the USDA-funded LAMP Project (Lighting Approaches to Maximize Profits), Nate's research at Cornell is on developing horticultural lighting strategies to help CEA growers get more value out of their LED lighting systems. The focal point of his research encompasses the fundamental and applied response of plants to far-red radiation (FR; λ = 700 - 799 nm) - a previously undervalued waveband. During his master's degree research at the University of Arkansas, Nate investigated alternative (cheap) intervention methods to mitigate E. coli in hydroponic systems to improve food safety. Prior to his academic research, Nate spent several years as the operations manager of a commercial hydroponic lettuce greenhouse in Northwest Arkansas. Combining his experience in industry with his academic background, Nate seeks to further what we know and imagines what is possible in CEA.
SIPS Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Section
Intellectual Exploration -- We go beyond the classroom, into the field, greenhouses and labs. These experiences bring students not only a greater understanding of the world, but a greater understanding of what they want to add to that world.
SIPS Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology -- We are making new scientific discoveries about the interactions between plants and microbes and developing innovative solutions to address the challenges of 21st century agriculture across the globe. We offer students and postgraduate scholars unparalleled opportunities to study the origins and consequences of plant diseases. At the same time, we provide essential information to decision-makers, including agriculture producers, educators, policymakers, home gardeners, and local communities. Learn more about the history of our section and the vision of our school.