Food Research

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

Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Doris H. D'Souza
Foodborne pathogens

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Vermont Punongba Dia
Assistant Professor
Food Chemistry and Food Bioactives

Andrea Sketch (Andi) Lear
Clinical Instructor
Food Animal Field Services

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Nathan Miller
Extension Assistant I
Food Safety

Mark Thomas Morgan

Chika C. Okafor
Assistant Professor
Food Safety & Epidemiology

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Emily Ruth Urban
Programs Administrator

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology

Tao Wu
Associate Professor
Food Carbohydrates

Xiaofei (Philip) Ye
Value-added bioprocess engineering

Qixin Zhong
Food physical properties


Broken Promises: Food Security Interventions and Rural Livelihood in Ethiopia, 1/14/2020



AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2019 UTIA Luncheon, 11/29/2019

Commendations Corner - October 2019, 11/23/2019

Researchers Use Genomics and Citizen Science to Determine Migration History of Invasive Butterfly, 9/11/2019

Patent Issued to UT Researchers for Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Alternative from Soy Oil, 9/9/2019

Scientists Receive Grant to Study the Palate of Chinese Consumers to Help Boost U.S. Cheese Industry, 8/1/2019

Position Announcement - Center Director Greeneville, 7/12/2019

Nanocelluloses: A Sustainable Solution to Combat Ice Recrystallization on Frozen Food, 7/11/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

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

Willingness to Adopt Biosecurity Measures to Combat Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks, 10/31/2018


(1 mention)

Tennessee Magic Moments 
Teaming with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau Federation, and producer groups across the state to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture to our state and in our lives.

(1 mention)

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Quantitative trait loci and differential gene expression analyses reveal the genetic basis for negatively-associated β-carotene and starch content in hexaploid sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] D. C. Gemenet, G. Pereira, B. De Boeck, J. C. Wood, M. Mollinari, B. A. Olukolu, F. Diaz, V. Ssali RT, M. David, M. N. Kitavi, G. Burgos, T. Z. Felde, M. Ghislain, E. Carey, J. Swanckaert, L. J. M. Coin, Z. Fei, J. P. Hamilton, B. Yada, G. C. Yencho, Z. B. Zeng, R. O. M. Mwanga, A. Khan, W. J. Gruneberg, and C. R. Buell.  2020.  Theor Appl Genet., 133(1):23-36. [Abstract]

Unraveling the Hexaploid Sweetpotato Inheritance Using Ultra-Dense Multilocus Mapping M. Mollinari, B. A. Olukolu, G. D. S. Pereira, A. Khan, D. Gemenet, G. C. Yencho, and Z. B. Zeng.  2020.  Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 10(1):281-292. [Abstract]

Nutrition and food habits of eastern elk.  Muller, L. I.  2020.  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, D. White, J. Cox, and J. Larkin (editors). Elk in eastern North America. Missoula, Montana, USA.

Effect of freezing and food additives on the rheological properties of egg yolk.  Primacella, M, N. Acevedo, and T. Wang.  2020.  Food Hydrocolloids, 98:105241.

Novel Methodology to Form Micro- and Nano-Plastics from Agricultural Plastic Materials and their Dimensional, Thermal, and Chemical Characterization.  A. F. Astner, D. G. Hayes, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, and T. M. Young.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019. [Abstract]

Novel methodology to form micro- and nano-plastics from agricultural plastic materials and their dimensional, thermal and chemical characterization Astner, A. F., D. G. Hayes, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, and T. M. Young.  2019.  Science of the Total Environment, 685: 1097-1106. [Abstract]

The Effects of Halving Lost and Wasted Food - A Quantitative Comparison Between Developed and Less Developed Regions.  Bisangwa, E.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

2017-2019 4-H Food Smart Families Quarter 2.2 Report.  Brawner, S.  2019.  National 4-H Council.

2017-2019 4-H Food Smart Families final report.  Brawner, S.  2019.  National 4-H Council.

Make a Casserole with Foods You Have on Hand (English and Spanish).  Burney, J. L., L. E. Fuller, E. Lopez, C. T. Sneed, and J. Ferguson.  2019.  Extension Publication.

Make a Soup With Foods You Have on Hand (English and Spanish).  Burney, J. L., L. E. Fuller, E. Lopez, C. T. Sneed, and J. Ferguson.  2019.  Extension Publication.

Reveal Preference Reversal in Consumer Preference for Sustainable Food Products.  Chen, X., Z. Gao, and B. R. McFadden.  2019.  Food Quality and Preference.