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Joe R. Sarten
Engineer II

Joel B. Lown
Coordinator III
Information Coordinator

Michael E. Essington
Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy

Baohua Gu
Joint Professor
Environmental Biogeochemistry

Burton C. (Burt) English
Production Economics

C Owen (Owen) Gwathmey
Professor Emeritus, Post-retirement appointment
Crop physiology and agronomy

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Charles R. (Roger) Long
Research Coordinator I
Research Coordinator I

Robert B. (Bobby) Simpson
Research Center Director

Dennis R. West
Plant breeding

Timothy M. (Tim) Young
Process analytics

Joseph L. Donaldson
Assistant Professor
Program Planning and Evaluation

J. Mark (Mark) Fly
Environmental psychology; Wildland recreation

Thomas J. (Tom) Samples
Turfgrass science and management

Charles Neal (Neal) Stewart, Jr.
Transgenic plants, phytosensors

Renee M. Thomas
Admin Support Assistant II

Ginger Rowsey
Information Specialist I
Writer (AgResearch)

Xuemin Xu
Research Pathobiology

Mei-Zhen Cui
Research Pathobiology

Joseph W. (Joe) Bartges
Medicine and nutrition

Maria Cekanova
Research Assistant Professor

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

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

Charles Kwit
Assistant Professor
Climate change and conservation biology

Michael John De Veth
Assistant Professor
Bioactive compound influence on dairy cattle

Faith Critzer
Assistant Professor
Food Safety Extension Specialist

Seth M. Dabney
Research Agronomist

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Charles Patrick (Pat) Collier
Nanofabrication Research

Susan Lynne (Sue) Hamilton
Director and Associate Professor

Robert M. (Bob) Hayes
Director and Professor
Weed Science

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

David Wheeler Hughes
Greever Chair of Agribusiness

Kody Hash
Research Specialist II
Research Specialist II

Thomas J. Sauer
Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS

Bradley Tate (Tate) Walker
Research Supervisor I
Research Supervisor I


UT Plateau AgResearch Center to hold November cattle sale, 11/21/2014

Politics and Research Behind Pollution, Climate Change, Disease and Amphibian Declines, 4/30/2014

Proposed Oil and Gas Development Research Project, 2/20/2013

UTIA Announces Open House on Gas and Oil Research Initiative, 12/6/2012



Research Spotlight | Managing Target Spot in Cotton and Soybeans, 11/15/2017

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

Promoting the Responsible Conduct of Research at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 11/1/2017

Expanding Number of UTIA Research Activities in Cambodia, 9/19/2017

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

UT-ORNL to Shepherd US-China Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network, 6/26/2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Faculty Success Recognized at UT Research Foundation Innovation Awards, 4/23/2017

Dean Kopsell: Veggie Researcher, Softball Coach, Twin, 2/7/2017

Researchers Investigate Agricultural Water Usages and Conservation, 1/25/2017


Recent Publications

Breeding for improved oil quality in high yielding soybean lines using molecular markers for selecting fAD3A and FAD3C mutant alleles.  A. Willette, H. Bhandari, F. Chen, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Chapter 6: Tree-Compatible Ground Covers for Reforestation and Erosion Control Burger, J., V. Davis, J. A. Franklin, C. Zipper, J. Skousen, C. Barton, and P. Angel.  2017.  The Forestry Reclamation Approach: Guide to Successful Reforestation of Mined Lands, M. B. Adams, Editor.

Chapter 9: Planting Hardwood Tree Seedlings on Reclaimed Mine Land in the Appalachian Region Davis, V., J. A. Franklin, C. Zipper, and P. Angel.  2017.  The Forestry Reclamation Approach: Guide to Successful Reforestation of Mined Lands, M. B. Adams, Editor.

Foliar Application of Abscisic Acid to Day-Neutral Strawberry Cultivars to Influence Fruit Production.  Deyton, D. E., C. E. Sams, and J. C. Cummins.  2017.  Plant Growth Regulator Society of America, Anchorage, Alaska, August 6-10, 2017.

Temporal Frequency of Soil Test Information Effects on Returns to Potassium Fertilization in Cotton Production Harmon, X. L., C. Boyer, J. A. Larson, and D. M. Lambert.  2017.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 49,2: 251-272.

Selecting Cotton Yield Response Function to Estimate Profit-Maximizing Potassium Fertilization Rates for Cotton Production in Tennessee Harmon, X., C. Boyer, C. O. Gwathmey, J. A. Larson, and R. K. Roberts.  2017.  Journal of Plant Nutrition, 40,11:1547-1556.

Food Security through Biotechnology: The Case of Genetically Modified Sugar Beets in the United States Kennedy, P. L., K. E. Lewis, and A. Schmitz.  2017.  World Agricultural Resources and Food Security, Schmitz, A., P.L. Kennedy, T.G. Schmitz (Eds.), Volume 17, Frontiers of Economics and Globalization.

Geospatial Economics of the Woody Biomass Supply in Kansas – A Case Study Khaliukova, O., D. Paull, S. Lewis-Gonzales, N. André, L. E. Biles, T. M. Young, and J. H. Purdue.  2017.  BioResources, 12(1):960-980.

Temporal Frequency of Soil Test Information Effects on Returns to Potassium Fertilization in Cotton Production X.L. Harmon, C. Boyer, D. M. Lambert, and J. A. Larson.  2017.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 49,2: 251-272.

Precision Farming Adoption Trends in the Southern U.S Zhou, X., B. C. English, J. A. Larson, D. M. Lambert, R. K. Roberts, C. Boyer, M. Velandia, L. L. Falconer, and S. W. Martin.  2017.  Journal of Cotton Science, 21:143-155.

A Meta-Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies of Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk.  Al-Wadei, M. H., R. M. Augé, K. N. Kesterson, and P. D. Terry.  2016.  Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Student Research Day, University of Memphis Medical School., .

Diet of and Prey Availability for Reintroduced Juvenile Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in Ft. Loudoun Reservoir, Tennessee Amacker, T. M.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.