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Mike Black
Research Leader I
Shortleaf pine

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

David P. Harper
Associate Professor
Forest products

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Craig Steven Pickett
Coordinator III
Coordinator, student life and diversity

Lindsay Taylor Phillips
Major Gifts Officer

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology



Faculty 360 | Laura Russo, 12/2/2019

Commendations Corner - October 2019, 11/23/2019

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

2017 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 1/18/2018

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

New Ventures | GAP Connections, 7/26/2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

2016 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 12/22/2016

Preparing “Big Grants”—How to Lead a Team Effort, 10/29/2016


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Ground Penetrating Radar 
Engineers at UTs Institute of Agriculture use ground penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves.


Recent Publications

Genome-wide association study identified candidate genes controlling continuous storage root formation and bulking in hexaploid sweetpotato Bararyenya A, B. A. Olukolu, P. Tukamuhabwa, W. J. Grüneberg, W. Ekaya, J. Low, M. Ochwo-Ssemakula, T. L. Odong, H. Talwana, A. Badji, M. Kyalo, Y. Nasser, D. Gemenet, M. Kitavi, and R. O. M. Mwanga.  2020.  BMC Plant Biology, 20(1):3. [Abstract]

Induced volatile terpenes in roots and leaves of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) A. Muchlinski, X. Chen, J. Lovell, T. G. Köllner, K. Pelot, P. Zerbe, M. Ruggiero, L. Callaway, S. Laliberte, F. Chen, and D. Tholl.  2019.  Frontiers in Plant Science, 10:1144. [Abstract]

Potential of acidified sodium benzoate as an alternative wash solution of cherry tomatoes: changes of quality, background microbes, and inoculated pathogens during storage at 4 and 21°C post-washing Chen, H., Y. Zhang, and Q. Zhong.  2019.  Food Microbiology, 82: 111-118.

Concurrent transport and removal of nitrate, phosphate and pesticides in low-cost metal- and carbon-based materials D. Tong, J. Zhuang, J. Lee, J. R. Buchanan, and X. Chen.  2019.  Chemosphere, 84-91. [Abstract]

Influence of Microtopography and Soil Treatments on Tree Establishment on a Reclaimed Quarry Franklin, J. A., and D. S. Buckley.  2019.  Forests, 10(7), 597; [Abstract]

Agricultural Drainage Tile Surveying Using an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle Paired with Real-Time Kinematic Positioning—A Case Study Freeland, R. S., B. A. Allred, N. S. Eash, L. Martinez, and D. Wishart.  2019.  Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. [Abstract]

2019 Stocker/Backgrounding Budget.  Griffith, A. P., and R. G. Bowling.  2019.  University of Tennessee Extension.

Sustainable underground reactive barrier to attenuate contaminants from agricultural drainage.  Lee, J., Y. Fan, S. Jagadamma, and M. E. Essington.  2019.  International Soils Meetings Abstracts. SSSA, Madison, WI.

Sustainable underground reactive barrier to attenuate contaminants from agricultural drainage.  Lee, J., Y. Fan., S. Jagadamma, and M. E. Essington.  2019.  2018-2019 International Soils Meeting, Jan 6-9, San Diego, CA.

Effect of a mutant Danbaekkong allele on soybean seed yield, protein, and oil concentration M. J. Cunicelli, H. Bhandari, P. Chen, C. E. Sams, M. A. R. Mian, L. A. Mozzoni, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 96:927-935. [Abstract]

Effects of Incubation Temperature on Intestinal Length in Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Hatchlings from Boca Raton, Florida.  Reeves, A., J. McKeever, A. Lolava, J. Wyneken, and D. L. Miller.  2019.  The 2019 Wildlife Disease Association International Conference, Tahoe City, CA, August 4-9, 2019. [Abstract]

Does agriculture defaunate plant-pollinator communities?.  Russo, L. A., M. Larkin, S. Mullen, E. Power, D. Stanley, U. Fitzpatrick, and J. Stout.  2019.  Ecological Society of America annual meeting. [Abstract]