Drought Research

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Robert M. (Oz) Augé
Drought biology; mycorrhizal symbiosis

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Sean Michael Schaeffer
Associate Professor

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Mycorrhiza Literature Exchange 
Researchers, literature, books, and reviews.



UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

High Hopes for Tennessee Cotton, 4/17/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017

Fire at the Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center, 1/11/2017

Beef Heifer Development Center–One Year Later, 12/29/2016

Corn Irrigation in West Tennessee, 9/28/2015


(7 mentions)

It's been a challenging year for Tennessee agriculture, with hot, dry weather coming at a time when crops needed better growing conditions.

(5 mentions)

Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.

(2 mentions)

Cattle Sell-Off 
Some livestock barns are selling three and four times the usual number of cattle, but that’s not necessarily positive. Many producers have been forced to sell because of drought.

(2 mentions)

Cotton Irrigation 
Cotton is hurting because of this summer’s drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture – and just how much water is enough for a plant to grow.

(2 mentions)

Water Quality 
Floods, droughts and very hot or cold temperatures - all weather patterns that we experience often in Tennessee. What impact do these weather situations have?

(1 mention)

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

(1 mention)

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

(1 mention)

Intro to Biosystems Engineering 
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Recent Publications

Cattle Producers Drought Response in the Fescue Belt.  Boyer, C., A. P. Griffith, D. M. Lambert, C. D. Clark, and B. C. English.  2019.  Southern Region Water Conference, College Station, TX, July 23-25, 2019.

Drought Leads to Delay of Autumn Leaf Color, Shorter Duration, and Less Vibrant Colors.  Clatterbuck, W. K.  2019.  Extension News That You can Use.

Drought: Déjà vu All Over Again.  Griffith, A. P.  2019.  Tennessee Cattle Business.

Now is the time to plan for drought.  Bates, G. E.  2018.  TCA Cattle Business - April.

Implications of drought and ranavirus on an amphibian community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Carter, E. D.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Implications of drought and ranavirus on an amphibian community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Carter, E. D.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Meta-analysis of the effect of overexpression of C-repeat/dehydration-responsive element binding family genes on drought tolerance Dong, C., Y. Ma, M. Wisniewski, and Z. Cheng.  2018.  Environmental and Experimental Botany..

Diel rewiring and positive selection of ancient plant proteins enabled evolution of CAM photosynthesis in Agave H. Yin, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  BMC genomics. [Abstract]

Characterization of fifteen microsatellite loci and genetic diversity analysis for the Ghanaian food security crop Solenostemon rotundifolius (Frafra potato) Hua, L., D. Hadziabdic Guerry, N. Amissah, M. Nowicki, S. Boggess, M. E. Staton, N. Teng, and R. N. Trigiano.  2018.  African Journal of Biotechnology, 17 (47), 1352-1357. [Abstract]

Identification and functional analysis of germin-like protein gene family in tea plant (Camellia sinensis) J. Y. Fu, X. C. Wang, T. F. Mao, H. Cheng, F. Chen, and Y. J. Yang.  2018.  Scientia Horticulturae, 234:166-175. [Abstract]

Terpenoids from weedy ricefield flatsedge (Cyperus iria L.) are developmentally regulated and stress-induced, and have antifungal properties Jiang, Y., B. H. Ownley, and F. Chen.  2018.  Molecules, 23: 3149. [Abstract]

Deficit Irrigation of Row Crops Provides Drought Mitigation, Environmental Protection, and Optimized Yield in Humid Regions.  Leib, B. G., and T. Grant.  2018.  Conservation Innovation Grant Showcase at the 73rd Annual Conference of the Soil and Water Conservat, July 29 to August 1, 2018.