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Doris H. D'Souza
Associate Professor
Foodborne pathogens

Matthew J. (Matt) Gray
Amphibians and ranaviruses

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Shawn A. Hawkins
Associate Professor
Animal waste management

Brandon Joseph Horvath
Associate Professor
Turf Pathologist

Katie Tolbert
Assistant Professor
Small animal gastroenterology

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Groups and Facilities

(7 mentions)

Phytophthora Plant Pathogens 
Soybeans, vegetables, the Irish potato blight, and Sudden Oak Death.

(1 mention)

UT Organics 
Increasing farm income and keeping family farms in the family.

(1 mention)

Insect Physiology 
Studying the physiology of the insect gut and characterizing its interactions with invading microbes.


Host & Pathogen Interactions Between Amphibians & Ancient Fungal, 9/22/2015



A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

2016 AgResearch Faculty Awards, 10/6/2016

Five Things You Didnít Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016


(2 mentions)

Gourmet Food Safety 
We all want good-tasting foods, but what we eat also has to be safe. UTís Institute of Agriculture works with producers statewide in food safety programs.

(1 mention)

Ranavirus Amphibians 
A killer virus is attacking amphibians native to the Smoky Mountains. Our researcher's are studying the impact of the virus, and looking to help the species most vulnerable.


Recent Publications

Antimicrobial Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Dairy Cows and Genetic Diversity of Resistant Isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. M. Vaughn, C. E. Merill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. [Abstract]

Behavioral responses of Pityophthorus juglandis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to volatiles of black walnut and Geosmithia morbida, the causal agent of thousand cankers disease Blood, B, W. E. Klingeman, M. Paschen, D. Hadziabdic, J. Couture, and M. Ginzel.  2018.  Environmental Entomology, (x) 1-10. [Abstract]

Bioactive natural products in plant disease control Gwinn, K. D.  2018.  Studies in Natural Product Chemistry, Studies in Natural Products Chemistry Vol. 56: Copyright: © Elsevier 2018 Published: 1st February 2018 Elsevier Editors: Atta-ur-Rahman. [Abstract]

Bovine intramammary infection associated immunogenic surface proteins of Streptococcus uberis Kerro Dego, O., R. A. Almeida, A. M. Saxton, R. D. Abdi, D. B. Ensermu, and S. P. Oliver.  2018.  Microbial Pathogenesis, Volume 115: 304 - 311, February 2018. [Abstract]

A novel molecular toolkit for rapid detection of the pathogen and primary vector of thousand cankers disease Oren, E, W. E. Klingeman, R. Gazis, J. K. Moulton, P. L. Lambdin, M. Coggeshall, J. Hulcr, S. Seybold, and D. Hadziabdic.  2018.  PlosOne, 13(1): e0185087. [Abstract]

Dogwood anthracnose: the story continues Trigiano, R. N., D. Hadziabdic, K. Mantooth, M. T. Windham, B. H. Ownley, M. E. Staton, S. Miller, and N. Zhang.  2018.  Acta Horticulturae, 1191: 77-82. [Abstract]

First Report of Cercospora apii s. lat. causing a leaf spot on Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) in the United States Trigiano, R. N., S. L. Boggess, and K. D. Gwinn.  2018.  Plant Disease, Volume 102 (1): 252. [Abstract]

Dynamics of transcriptomic response to infection by nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and its bacterial symbiont Photorhabdus temperata in Heliothis virescens larvae An, R., K. Suri, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and P. Grewal.  2017.  Insect Molecular Biology, 26(5): 584-600. [Abstract]

Activity of Switchgrass Extractives Against Plant and Foodborne Pathogens.  Bruce, A., B. H. Ownley, J. Tao, N. Labbe, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2017.  The Great Experiment Conference, March 13-14, 2017, Knoxville, TN.

Switchgrass extractives reduce bacterial diseases of tomato foliage and populations of foodborne pathogens on tomato fruit.  Bruce, A., B. H. Ownley, J. Tao, N. Labbe, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2017.  Phytopathology, 107 (Suppl. 5): S5.51. American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, August 5-9, San Antonio, TX.

Population Dynamics and Pathogen Prevalence in an Amphibian Breeding Pond in Cades Cove.  Carter, E. D., M. J. Gray, J. A. Spatz, and D. L. Miller.  2017.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Research Colloquium, Gatlinburg, TN.

Arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication Castagnola. A., J. Jackson, O. P. Perera, C. Oppert, S. Eda, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  PeerJ, 5:e3886. [Abstract]