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Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Doris H. D'Souza
Associate Professor
Foodborne pathogens

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Hwa-Chain (Robert) Wang
Molecular Oncology

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Groups and Facilities

1 mention

Weed Diagnostics Center 
Diagnostic testing services for weeds of crop and non-cropland systems including turfgrass, ornamentals, and utility rights of way.

1 mention

Tree Physiology 
Physical environment impact on the growth and function of native tree species.


Utilizing Molecular Markers in Genetic Studies of Ornamental Plant Species, 2/14/2014



Probing the Mysteries of Milk's Molecular Structure, 10/17/2013


Recent Publications

Phenotyping strategies to enhance peanut drought tolerance and molecular markers for crop improvement Jyostna M. Devi, T.R. Sinclair, V.Vadez, A. Shekoofa, N. Puppala.  Mura, J. D.  2017.  In Genomics Assisted Breeding of Crops for Abiotic Stress Tolerance, Volume 2, Springer.

Nanocomposite Adhesive of English ivy (Hedera helix): Bioproduction, Nanoparticle Isolation, and Molecular Analysis.  Burris, Jason  2016.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Intestinal regeneration as an insect resistance mechanism to entomopathogenic bacteria.  Castagnola, A., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2016.  Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 15, June 2016, Pages 104-110.

Chromatographic fractionation and molecular mass characterization of Cercidium praecox (Brea) gum Castel, V., S. Zivanovic, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, L. G. Santiago, A. C. Rubiolo, C. R. Carrara, and F. M. Harte.  2016.  Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The evolution of reproductive strategies in tachinid parasitoids Cerretti, P., J. E. O'Hara, J. K. Moulton, J. Blaschke, and J. Stireman.  2016.  Proceedings: The XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL, September 25-30.

Analysis of the time course of degradation for fully biobased nonwoven agricultural mulches in compost-enriched soil Dharmalingham, S., D. G. Hayes, L. C. Wadsworth, and R. N. Dunlap.  2016.  Textile Research Journal, 86 (13), 1343-1355.

Biomineralization of atrazine and analysis of 16S rRNA and catabolic genes of atrazine degraders in a former pesticide mixing site and a machinery washing area Douglass, J.F., M. A. Radosevich, and O. H. Tuovinen.  2016.  Journal of Soils and Sediments, 16:2263-2274.

Phylogenetic placement of two species known only from resting spores: Zoophthora independentia sp. nov. and Z. porteri comb nov. (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) Hajek, A. E., A. Gryganskyi, T. Bittner, J. K. Liebherr, J. H. Liebherr, A. B. Jensen, J. K. Moulton, and R. A. Humber.  2016.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 140: 6874..

New and emerging biobased surfactants: a review Hayes, D. G.  2016.  107th AOCS Annual Meeting and Expo, Salt Lake City, 05 May 2016. [45 attendees].

Molecular diversity of terpene synthases in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha.  Kumar, S., C. Kempinski, X. Zhuang, A. Norris, S. Mafu, J. Zi, S. A. Bell, J. L. Bowman, P. C. Babbitt, R. J. Peters, F. Chen, and J. Chappell.  2016.  Plant Cell, 28(10):2632-2650.

Industrial Oil Crops McKeon, T., D. G. Hayes, D. Hildebrand, and R. Weselake.  2016.  Industrial Oil Crops, Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2016, ISBN 9781893997981.

The effect of endophyte infected tall fescue and isoflavones on rumen microbial populations and beef cattle production in Tennessee.  Melchior, E. A., J. T. Mulliniks, G. E. Bates, J. Smith, and P. Myer.  2016.  UT Beef and Forage Center Graduate Research and Poster Symposium, UT Beef and Forage Center Annual Research and Recommendation Meeting. Knoxville, TN.