Knoxville Research

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John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Justin Ernest Crowe
Extension Specialist II
4-H Youth Development

Deborah A. (Debbie) Hampstead
OSP Director

Robert W. (Rob) Holland

Tiffany Lee Mullins Howard
Director of Advancement

Shasta L. Hubbs
Extension Assistant I
Coordinator of Farm-to-Market program

Shelley Jean Johnson
Adminstrative Specialist II
Assistant to the Department Head

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

Art Ragauskas
Assistant Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Avis A. Smith
Accounting Specialist I
Accounting and Travel

Traci Lynn Stanley
Research Associate II

Lindsay Taylor Phillips
Major Gifts Officer

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Wildlife Health 
Emerging infectious diseases, including those that travel from animals to humans.

(1 mention)

Ag & Food Security 
Training industry and government to prevent terrorist acts targeting the ag and food sector.



Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

In Memoriam: Delle Rhue Burgess, curator of the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 8/13/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

Winter 2017 Upcoming Events, 1/17/2017

The Science Behind the UTIA Sensory Science Center, 1/4/2017

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

New UTIA AgResearch Associate Deans Announced, 9/20/2016

Fall 2016 Upcoming Events, 9/17/2016


(3 mentions)

A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.

(1 mention)

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

(1 mention)

Hosta Garden 
The UT Gardens in Knoxville now features a new section devoted to Hostas where you can see hundreds of varieties. Take a tour of the hosta garden and meet the lady who made it possible.

(1 mention)

Stocker Cattle 
Beef cattle farming is Tennessee’s top agricultural commodity. Some producers provide a valuable service by running “stocker” or “backgrounding” operations.

(1 mention)

Partially restoring the chestnut tree may happen in our lifetime.

(1 mention)

Mastitis Research 
Dairy farmers face many challenges – including a disease that threatens their cattle and the quality of their milk. AgResearch and Extension team up with producers to fight this problem.


Recent Publications

Effect of weathering on biodegradability of biodegradable mulch film Anunciado, M., L. C. Wadsworth, D. B. Cowan-Banker, and D. G. Hayes.  2017.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society 24th Annual Meeting, Albany, CA, 20-22 September 2017 (poster). [Abstract]

ABET Self-Study Report for the Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, July 1, 2017.  Freeland, R. S., and D. C. Yoder.  2017.  2017 ABET Accredidation Review.

Identifying and Exploring Significant Genomic Regions Associated with Soybean Yield, Seed Fatty Acids, Protein and Oil Smallwood, C., J. D. Gillman, A. M. Saxton, H. Bhandari, P. A. Wadl, B. D. Fallen, D. L. Hyten, Q. Song, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  J. Crop Sci. Biotech., 2017 (December) 20 (4) : 243-253. [Abstract]

Genomic Variation Analysis of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) NAM (Nested Association Mapping) Parents.  Ali, Shahjahan, M. Saha, L. Bartley, D. Serba, and H. Bhandari.  2016.  Proceedings, Crop Science Society of America, Annual Meeting (6-9 Nov, 2016), Phoenix, AZ. [Abstract]

Expanding the harvest window for switchgrass based on phosphorus and potassium remobilization Bacon, J. L., A. J. Ashworth, F. L. Allen, C. E. Sams, D. D. Tyler, W. E. Hart, and J. F. Grant.  2016.  Crop Science, 56:1-8. [Abstract]

Genetic Variation and Estimation of Ethanol Yield of Alamo Half-Sib Families.  Dalid, C., S. Nayak, F. L. Allen, V. R. Pantalone, A. M. Saxton, F. Chen, and H. Bhandari.  2016.  Proceedings, Crop Science Society of America Annual Meeting ( 6-9, Nov, 2016), Phoenix, AZ. [Abstract]

Food Justice and Practices in the Five Points Community of Knoxville, Tennessee: A Survey of Residents Living in an Urban Food Desert.  Duluc-Silva, S. I., J. M. Fly, and R. Jones.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Knoxville Regional Food Hub Feasibility Study. The University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture and Knoxville – Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission.  Hellwinckel, C. M., and M. Velandia.  2016.  University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture.

Genetic Variation for Ethanol Content Among ‘Kanlow' Half-Sib Population.  Nayak, S., C. Dalid, F. L. Allen, and H. Bhandari.  2016.  Proceedings, Crop Science Society of America, Annual Meeting (6-9, Nov, 2016), Phoenix, AZ. [Abstract]

Selective Genotyping for Marker Assisted Selection Strategies for Soybean Yield Improvement Fallen, B. D., F. L. Allen, D. A. Kopsell, A. M. Saxton, L. McHale, G. Shannon, S. K. Kantartzi, A. J. Cardinal, P. B. Cregan, D. L. Hyten, and V. R. Pantalone.  2015.  Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology, 2:95-119. [Abstract]

CASNR Honors Program Review - Self Assessment.  Gwinn, K. D.  2015.  Internal Document, Document used to provide information to the CASNR Honors Review Team. [Abstract]

ArcGIS Online as a tool to teach global, regional and local water resource issues to middle and high school teachers and students Logan, J., and R. Hanahan.  2015.  Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the Tennessee Geographic Information Council., Burns, TN. Apr 21-23, 2015. [Abstract]