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Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic/sustainable/alternative crops

Sindhu Jagadamma
Assistant Professor
Soil Management

Groups and Facilities

2 mentions

Protected Agriculture 
From hydroponics to organic raised beds, from computer-controlled greenhouses to simple rain shelters.

1 mention

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/26/2017

Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/23/2014

Organic Crops Field Tour, 4/24/2013



Researchers Win $1.8M USDA Grant to Study Organic Dairy Production, 11/6/2015

UTIA To Research Organic Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, 11/19/2012


4 mentions

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Seed Inorganic Phosphorus Stability and Agronomic Performance of Two Low Phytate Soybean Lines Evaluated Across Six Southern U.S. Environments.  Boehm, J.D., F. R. Walker, H. Bhandari, D. A. Kopsell, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  Crop Science, 57:1-9.

Using a chelating agent to generate low ash bioenergy feedstock Edmunds, C. W., C. Hamilton, K. Kim, S. C. Chmely, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 96:12-18.

Biomass treatment strategies for thermochemical conversion Liu, Q., S. C. Chmely, and N. Abdoulmoumine.  2017.  Energy and Fuels, 31(4):3525-3536.

Seed inorganic phosphorus stability and agronomic performance of two low phytate soybean lines evaluated across six southeastern U.S. environments.  Pantalone, V. R., and J. Boehm.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Removal of trace organic compounds in domestic wastewater using recirculating packed-bed media filters.  Perez, B. N., J. R. Buchanan, J. M. DeBruyn, K. L. Cobaugh, and W. E. Hart.  2017.  Transactions of ASABE.

Displacing inorganic nitrogen in lignocellulosic feedstock production systems Ashworth, A. J., P. D. Keyser, F. L. Allen, D. D. Tyler, A. M. Taylor, and C. P. West.  2016.  Agronomy Journal, 108:109116 (2016).

Abscisic Acid Impacts Tomato Carotenoids, Soluble Sugars, and Organic Acids.  Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(4):1-7.

Urea in Lake Erie: Organic nutrient sources as potentially important drivers of phytoplankton biomass.  Belisle, G. S., M. M. Steffen, H. L. Pound, J. M. DeBruyn, S. B. Watson, R. A. Boubonniere, G. L. Boyer, and S. W. Wilhelm.  2016.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 42: 599-607.

Organic agriculture and plant disease Butler, D. M., and E. N. Rosskopf.  2016.  Plant Pathology, 3rd edition, eds. R.N. Trigiano and B.H. Ownley.

Tillage system and cover crop management impacts on soil quality and vegetable crop performance in organically managed production in Tennessee Butler, D. M., G. E. Bates, and S. Eichler Inwood.  2016.  HortScience.

Exclusion of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug from Organically Grown Peppers Using Barrier Screens.  Dobson, R. C., M. Rogers, J. L. Moore, and R. T. Bessin.  2016.  HortTechnology, 26(2):191-198.

Sustainable Energy Systems: High Performance Lithium Ion Battery Components from Renewable Resources.  Garcia-Negron, V., O. Rios, D. Keffer, and D. P. Harper.  2016.  Proceedings, 2nd Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium, Knoxville, TN, April 15, 2016. Poster.