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Elizabeth A. (Beth) Long
Extension Area Specialist III
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey

José J. (Javi) Vargas
Research Associate II
Horticultural & Invasive Weed Management

Groups and Facilities

1 mention

Hardwood Genomics Project 
Creating genomic resources for the most important hardwood species in North America.



New report tracks 20 years of invasive species growth, 5/27/2014


1 mention

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

1 mention

Weed Progress 
Weeds are a nuisance to gardeners, but downright devastating to those who farm for a living. But now experts and farmers say the worst may be behind us.


Recent Publications

Informed stakeholder support for managing invasive Hydrilla verticillata linked to wildlife deaths in a southeastern reservoir Fouts, K. L., N. C. Poudyal, R. Moore, J. Herrin, and S. B. Wilde.  2018.  Lake and Reservoir Management.

Recovery Trends and Predictions of Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Dynamics in the Southern Appalachian Mountains Kaylor, S., J. Hughes, and J. A. Franklin.  2017.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47(1): 125-133.

Invasive Pest and Fall Home Invader: Kudzu Bug Britt, K., C. Standish, J. F. Grant, and K. M. Vail.  2016.  UT Extension W358, 4 pp.

Kudzu bug in Tennessee: Responding to a new invasive species.  Britt, K., J. F. Grant, S. D. Stewart, and S. D. Powell.  2016.  Proceedings of the 27th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species, Annapolis, MD, January.

Herbicides are effective for reducing dense native warm-season grass and controlling a common invasive species, Lespedeza cuneata.  Brooke, J. M., and C. A. Harper.  2016.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Assessing Tennessee landowners' attitudes toward wild hogs and support for control options.  Caplenor, C. A.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Optimizing natural biological control to manage invasive crape myrtle bark scale, Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae (Kawana), on crape myrtle in the landscape' poster.  Hale, F. A.  2016.  Proceedings: The XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL, September 25-30..

Invasive threats to trees.  Hale, F. A.  2016.  EPP 458, UT Extension.

The green ash transcriptome and identification of genes responding to abiotic and biotic stresses Lane, T, T. Best, N. Zembower, J. Davitt, N. Henry, Y. Xu, J. Koch, H. Liang, J. McGraw, S. Schuster, D. Shim, M. Coggeshall, J. Carlson, and M. E. Staton.  2016.  BMC Genomics.

Natural enemy impact on eggs of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål)(Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in organic agroecosystems: A regional assessment.  Ogburn, E. C., R. Bessin, C. Dieckhoff, R. Dobson, M. Grieshop, K. A. Holdmer, C. Matthews, J. L. Moore, A. Nielsen, K. Poley, and J. M. Pote.  2016.  Biological Control, Vol 101: 39-51.

Preparing Tennessee cattle producers for current and invasive tick threats.  Theuret, D. P., D. J. Paulsen, and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2016.  The Firefly, Tennessee Entomological Society, October 2016.

Effectiveness of three postemergence herbicides in controlling an invasive annual grass, Microstegium vimineum.  Brooke, J. M., P. S. Basinger, J. S. Nanney, and C. A. Harper.  2015.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildife Agencies, 2:262-267.