Oil Research

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John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

John R. Buchanan
Associate Professor
Wastewater Management

David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic agriculture and agroecology

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Lori Allison Duncan
Extension Specialist II
Row Crop Sustainability

Neal S. Eash
Soil Science

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Jennifer Anne Franklin
Associate Professor
Tree physiology

Amin Nouri Gharahassanlou
Post Doc
Sustainable Soil Management

Baohua Gu
Joint Professor
Environmental Biogeochemistry

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Jaehoon Lee
Associate Professor
Environmental soil physics

Andrea Lorene Ludwig
Associate Professor
Ecological Engineering

Vincent R. (Vince) Pantalone
Soybean breeding

Mark A. Radosevich
Soil microbiology & biochemistry

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

Hubert J. (Hugh) Savoy
Associate Professor, Emeritus
Soil fertility/testing for sustainable production

Sean Michael Schaeffer
Associate Professor

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

John Clinton Stier
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

John S. Tyner
Associate Professor

Forbes R. Walker
Associate Professor
Environmental soil science

Wesley C. Wright
Research Associate I
Instrumentation, soil & water management

Sutie Xu
Post Doc
Grassland Mgmt, Soil Biogeochemistry, Microbial Ec

Daniel C. Yoder
Soil and water engineering

Jie (Joe) Zhuang
Fate and transport of envir. contaminant

Raymond C. Albright
Assistant Professor
Forest ecology

Darwin L. Newton
State soil scientist

Thomas J. Sauer
Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS



Commendations Corner - October 2019, 11/23/2019

Patent Issued to UT Researchers for Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Alternative from Soy Oil, 9/9/2019

Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UTIA Research Presence Expands in Belize, 7/5/2018

​Tennessee Students Win National Soil Judging Competition​, 4/17/2018

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

Using Chickens as a Model to Reduce Obesity in Children, 2/1/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

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


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There's a new crop Tennessee farmers might consider. Researchers are experimenting with sesame, produced for its oil, and commonly used in bread products.


Recent Publications

Movement of trifloxysulfuron within the soil profile in response to changes in carrier volume.  Brown, A. J., G. M. Henry, N. T. Basinger, and J. T. Brosnan.  2020.  Proc. Southern Weed Sci Soc. 72 (in press)..

Using soil moisture sensors for irrigation management in Tennessee.  Grant, T., and B. G. Leib.  2020.  University of Tennessee - Extension, Knoxville, TN, (draft).

Effect of soil moisture on herbicide efficacy for postemergence goosegrass (Eleusine indica) control.  McNally, B.C., M. T. Elmore, J. T. Brosnan, A. Shekoofa, D. P. Tuck, and J. J. Vargas.  2020.  Northeastern Plant Pest and Soils Conference, 5:35.

Developmental regulation of the fatty acid elongase and desaturase pathways in broiler chicks.  Mihelic, R., J. Powers, S. Das, K. H. Lamour, S. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2020.  British Poultry Science, accepted with minor edits (2/4/20).

Novel Methodology to Form Micro- and Nano-Plastics from Agricultural Plastic Materials and their Dimensional, Thermal, and Chemical Characterization.  A. F. Astner, D. G. Hayes, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, and T. M. Young.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019. [Abstract]

Development and evaluation of two live Salmonella-vectored vaccines for Campylobacter control in broiler chickens.  Adams, L.J., X. Zeng, and J. Lin.  2019.  Foodborne Pathogens and Diseases, https://doi.org/10.1089/fpd.2018.256.

Effect of environmental weathering on microbial assimilation of biodegradable plastic mulches under ambient soil and composting conditions.  Anunciado, M. B., C. D. Cowan-Banker, A. F. Astner, L. C. Wadsworth, and D. G. Hayes.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019. [Abstract]

Review of Antibiotic Resistance, Ecology, and Dissemination Associated with U.S. Broiler Poultry Systems Ashworth, A. J., Y. Yang, K. Cook, C. Willett, A. Upadhyay, P. Owens, S. C. Ricke, J. M. DeBruyn, and P. A. Moore.  2019.  Frontiers in Microbiology, 10:2639.

Novel methodology to form micro- and nano-plastics from agricultural plastic materials and their dimensional, thermal and chemical characterization Astner, A. F., D. G. Hayes, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, V. S. Urban, and T. M. Young.  2019.  Science of the Total Environment, 685: 1097-1106. [Abstract]

Military vehicle-induced soil rutting: Field study results.  Ayers, P. D., H. Howard, and A. Anderson.  2019.  Presented at the 2019 ISTVS Conference. Prague, Czech Republic..

Microbial Degradation and Ecological Impacts of Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Films in Agricultural Soils.  Bandopadhyay, S.  2019. 

Long-term influence of phosphorus fertilization and soil aggregation on soil organic carbon and nitrogen under no-tillage production systems.  Bansal, S., X. Yin, H. J. Savoy, S. Jagadamma, J. Lee, and V. R. Sykes.  2019.  ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Agronomy Abstract. Nov 10-13, San Antonio, TX.