Infestation Research


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Personnel

David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

 

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Stinkbugs 
Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.



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Gnats (Black Flies) 
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.


 

Recent Publications

Anaerobic soil disinfestation: Nutrient cycling and potential environmental impact.  Di Gioia, F., J. Hong, M. Ozores-Hampton, X. Zhao, C. Wilson, J. Thomas, Z. Li, C. Pisani, H. Guo, B. Paudel, D. M. Butler, and E. N. Rosskopf.  2019.  Acta Horticulturae.

Anaerobic soil disinfestation: Manipulating the Florida soil microbiome.  Hong, J. C., N. Kokalis-Burelle, T. G. McCollum, F. Di Gioia, D. M. Butler, and E. N. Rosskopf.  2019.  Phytopathology, 109:19.

Weed control assessment of various carbon sources for anaerobic soil disinfestation.  Liu, D., J. B. Samtani, C. S. Johnson, D. M. Butler, and J. Derr.  2019.  International Journal of Fruit Science.

Weed control assessment utilizing brewers spent grain, paper mulch and cover crops as carbon sources for anaerobic soil disinfestation.  Liu, D., J. B. Samtani, C. S. Johnson, D. M. Butler, and J. Derr.  2019.  ASHS 2019 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 21-25 July 2019.

Weed control assessment of anaerobic soil disinfestation treatments using brewer's spent grain and distiller's yeast in strawberry annual hill plasticulture production.  Liu, D., J. B. Samtani, J. Derr, D. M. Butler, and C. Johnson.  2019.  ASHS 2019 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 21-25 July 2019.

Anaerobic soil disinfestation: Areawide project on obstacles and adoption.  Rosskopf, E. N., F. Di Gioia, J. Hong, M. Ozores-Hampton, X. Zhao, Z. Black, Z. Gao, C. Wilson, J. Thomas, J. Jones, D. M. Butler, et al.  2019.  Acta Horticulturae.

Volatile fatty acid production during anaerobic soil disinfestation and its effect on suppression of Rhizoctonia solani.  Shrestha, U. S., K. J. Swilling, J. H. Rice, S. Agarwal, B. H. Ownley, and D. M. Butler.  2019.  ASHS 2019 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 21-25 July 2019.

Role of substrate decomposability and volatile fatty acids in anaerobic soil disinfestation activity against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum.  Shrestha, U. S., R. L. Collins, K. J. Swilling, B. H. Ownley, and D. M. Butler.  2019.  Acta Horticulturae.

Soil inoculation with Trichoderma asperellum, T. harzianum or Streptomyces griseoviridis prior to anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) does not increase ASD efficacy against Sclerotium rolfsii germination Shrestha, U., M. E. Dee, S. Piya, B. H. Ownley, and D. M. Butler.  2019.  Applied Soil Ecology, 147: 103383.

Comments on the Notice of Demonstration To Assess the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate and Associated Protocols/Pest Infestations Wang, C., D. Gouge, K. M. Vail, D. Miller, S. Crawley, and S. Reese.  2019.  Docket No. FR–6160–N–01. [Abstract]

Long-term effect of anaerobic soil disinfestation on the soil microbiome.  Hong, J. C., F. Di Gioia, D. M. Butler, N. Kokalis-Burelle, T. G. McCollum, and E. N. Rosskopf.  2018.  Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Outreach.

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]