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Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Groups and Facilities

(3 mentions)

Protected Agriculture 
From hydroponics to organic raised beds, from computer-controlled greenhouses to simple rain shelters.

(2 mentions)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research



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

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016

2015 Directors’ Awards Recipients, 2/29/2016

Gibson Honored with UT AgResearch Director's Award, 2/22/2016

New Twists on Traditional Christmas Flower, 11/24/2015

Renovating REC’s, 9/16/2015


(4 mentions)

High Tunnels 
Some Tennessee nursery farmers use what are called “high tunnel” greenhouses – an inexpensive way to protect crops from temperatures that are either too hot or cold.

(3 mentions)

Greenhouse Protected Agriculture 
More and more of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown indoors.

(2 mentions)

Preparing to plant 1,200 chestnut trees 
1,200 chestnut trees were prepared at the University of Tennessee forest genetics greenhouse to be planted in national forests in the South.

(2 mentions)

LED Plant Lights 
It’s been known for years we can use indoor lighting to grow plants. Now UT Ag Researchers are looking at LED lights as an efficient way to bring plants to life.

(1 mention)

Microgreens are tiny plants that add zest to salads and main dishes, and are popular with chefs and customers at high-end restaurants.

(1 mention)

Dogwood Patent 
Dr. Mark Windham of University of Tennessee AgResearch discusses research into protecting dogwood trees.

(1 mention)

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.


Recent Publications

Foliar Application of Abscisic Acid to Day-Neutral Strawberry Cultivars to Influence Fruit Production.  Deyton, D. E., C. E. Sams, and J. C. Cummins.  2017.  Plant Growth Regulator Society of America, Anchorage, Alaska, August 6-10, 2017. [Abstract]

Fatty Acids-Based Surfactants and their Uses Hayes, D. G.  2017.  Fatty Acids: Chemistry, Synthesis, and Applications, edited by Moghis Ahmad, Amsterdam, Elsevier, pp. 355-384. [Abstract]

Soil greenhouse gas flux, soil moisture, and soil temperature variability among three plant communities from 2015 to 2017 in a High-Arctic lake basin, Northwest Greenland.  Konkel, J., J. M. Welker, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2017.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

New daily light integral maps for the United States.  Logan, J., and J. E. Faust.  2017.  Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Sep 19-22, Waikoloa, HI. [Abstract]

Some physiological characteristics to estimate species potential as a mine reclamation ground cover Nurtjahya, E., and J. A. Franklin.  2017.  International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment. [Abstract]

A Survey of Thrips and their Potential for Transmission of Viruses to Crops in Biskra (Algeria): First Record of the Species Frankliniella intonsa and Thrips flavus.  Razi, Sabah, and E. C. Bernard.  2017.  Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection, 12 (2):197-205. [Abstract]

Impact of long-term conservation management on soil microbial N cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in a humid agroecosystem in West Tennessee.  Schaeffer, S. M., J. Konkel, and V. L. Jin.  2017.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Soil greenhouse gas emissions under long-term conservation management in a continuous cotton cropland in West Tennessee.  Schaeffer, S. M., J. Konkel, V. L. Jin, and D. D. Tyler.  2017.  ASA-CCSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL.

A Principal Component Analysis in Switchgrass Chemical Composition Aboytes, M., K. Castillo, T. E. Yu, C. Boyer, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, L. M. Kline, and N. Labbe.  2016.  Energies, 9, 913. [Abstract]

Abscisic Acid Impacts Tomato Carotenoids, Soluble Sugars, and Organic Acids.  Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(4):1-7. [Abstract]

Elevated Levels of Potassium in Greenhouse-grown Red Romaine Lettuce Impacts Mineral Nutrient and Soluble Sugar Concentrations.  Barickman, T. C., T. E. Horgan, J. R. Wheeler, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(9):504-509. [Abstract]

Effect of biochar on nutrient release and retention in container crops.  Basiri, N., F. R. Walker, A. Fulcher, and J. Altland.  2016.  Proceedings of Southern Nursery Association Research Conference, 61:174-180. [Abstract]