Pesticide Research

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Kenny Herndon
Extension Agent III and County Director
Pesticide Certification

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

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Bioactive Natural Products 
Harnessing this natural 'arsenal' for agriculture and medicine.



Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(5 mentions)

Bee Research 
Researchers at the UT Institute of Agriculture are exploring reasons behind the decline of the honeybee population, including how agricutural pesticides might affect these beneficial insects.

(4 mentions)

Nursery Industry 
Tennessee is a top producer of ornamental plants. The nursery industry here is concentrated in a very specific part of our state, known for a mild climate and growing beautiful trees and shrubs.

(1 mention)

Honeybees are dying nationwide due to a disease that is wiping out colonies. UTIA researchers are working to save the bee population in our state.

(1 mention)

Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.

(1 mention)

Gnats (Black Flies) 
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.

(1 mention)

Nozzle Selection 
Nozzle selection has been simplified over the years, but different types of nozzles are needed for different situations.

(1 mention)

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.

(1 mention)

Nursery Sprayer 
UT Extension has been involved in developing technology that improves how nurseries apply pesticides.


Recent Publications

Category 7 Pesticide Applicators Under GRC Licensees Allowed to Apply Disinfectants During Crisis Vail, K. M.  2020.  Pest and Pesticides in Child-serving Facilities: An IPM Newsletter, 13(4):2.

W658 A Quick Reference Guide to Pesticides for Pest Management Professionals Working in and Around Structures 2020 Vail, K. M., and J. G. Chandler.  2020.  Revision, UT Extension.

Identification of a native Bacillus thuringiensis strain from Sri Lanka active against Dipel-resistant Plutella xylostella Baragamaarachchi, R. Y., O. Weerasena, K. H. Lamour, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2019.  PeerJ. [Abstract]

Concurrent transport and removal of nitrate, phosphate and pesticides in low-cost metal- and carbon-based materials D. Tong, J. Zhuang, J. Lee, J. R. Buchanan, and X. Chen.  2019.  Chemosphere, 84-91. [Abstract]

Organochlorine pesticide residues in sediments derived from an agricultural watershed.  Essington, M. E., E. A. Essington, A. L. Ludwig, and F. R. Walker.  2019.  International Soils Meetings Abstracts. SSSA, Madison, WI.

A dynamic laser-guided sprayer reduces pesticide use in large pot-in-pot production.  Fessler, L., A. Fulcher, J. Hines, H. Zhu, T. Hines, W. C. Wright, W. Yeary, X. Sun, and S. MClanahan.  2019.  HortScience, 54(9):S296.

Switchgrass extractives, a new source for biopesticides and biodisinfectants.  Gwinn, K. D., A. Bruce, J. Tao, A. Bowman, J. Choi, E. Camfield, K. Rajan, B. H. Ownley, D. H. D'Souza, M. Moustaid-Moussa, and N. Labbé.  2019., Phytochemistry Society of North America. Johnson City, TN. July 20-24.

Using Pesticides in Greenhouses.  Hale, F. A., D. D. Hensley, and R. A. Cloyd.  2019.  PB 1595 (Revision), UT Extension.

Advanced Pesticide Concepts.  Oliver, J., F. A. Hale, A. S. Windham, T. Stackhouse, and A. Fulcher.  2019.  In: Advanced Tennessee Master Nursery Producer Program, A. Fulcher, Ed., K@TE, 1 hour ADA-compliant module with associated quiz.

Advances in the use of entomopathogenic bacteria/microbial control agents (MCAs) as biopesticides in suppressing crop insect pests.  Rao, T., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2019.  Biopesticides for Sustainable Agriculture, Edited by N. Birch and T. Glare, Published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK.

Reactive Transport and Removal of Nutrients and Pesticides in Engineered Porous Media Tong, D., J. Zhuang, and X. Chen.  2019.  Water, 11(7), 1316.

W658 A Quick Reference Guide to Pesticides for Pest Management Professionals Working in and Around Structures 2019 Vail, K. M., and J. G. Chandler.  2019.  Revision, UT Extension.