Tomatoes Research

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Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

In Knoxville, Meet Dennis Deyton, Department of Plant Sciences, 3/16/2016


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Soil Testing 
If you’re looking for a healthy garden or green grass, it’s good to know the content of your soil. UT Extension offers inexpensive soil tests, and it’s all done in a special lab in Nashville.

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Greenhouse Protected Agriculture 
More and more of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown indoors.

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Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.


Recent Publications

Potential of acidified sodium benzoate as an alternative wash solution of cherry tomatoes: changes of quality, background microbes, and inoculated pathogens during storage at 4 and 21 ℃ post-washing.  Chen, H., Y. Zhang, and Q. Zhong.  2017.  The 2017 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 25-28, Las Vegas, NV. Paper #P03-049.

Grafted tomatoes.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  Plant of the month.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Tomatoes in the home garden.  Bumgarner, N. R., and B. Carver.  2016.  UT Extension W-346H.

Decontamination of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., and Listeria monocytogenes inoculated on cherry tomatoes by acidified sodium benzoate solution.  Chen, H., and Q. Zhong.  2016.  The 2016 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 16-19, Chicago, IL. Paper #E10-001.

Essential Oil Disinfectant on Appearance and Composition of Organically Grown Tomatoes.  Perkins-Veazie, P., S. Gorman, J. Davis, D. Ducharme, A. L. Wszelaki, and F. Critzer.  2016.  HortScience, 51(9): S250.

Utilization of Emulsified clove bud oil and thyme oil to inactivate Salmonella on cherry tomatoes and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on baby spinach.  Gann, L., M. Harness, P. M. Davidson, Q. Zhong, and F. Critzer.  2015.  The 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection, July 25-28, Portland, OR. Paper #P3-210.

Disinfection Methods to Mitigate Food Safety Risks Associated with Contaminated Irrigation Water on Drip-irrigated Tomatoes.  Gorman, S., L. Gann, A. L. Wszelaki, F. Critzer, and J. R. Buchanan.  2015.  Journal of Food Protection, Supplement A, 78:280, Portland, OR, July 25-28, 2015.

Abscisic acid increases carotenoid and chlorophyll in leaves and fruit of two tomato genotypes.  Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2014.  Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 139(3):261-266. [Abstract]

Late blight threatens Tennessee tomatoes Bost, S. C.  2013.  UT Extension Web Packet Article.

Diagnosing Suspected Off-target Herbicide Damage in Tomatoes. UT Extension Fact Sheet W 295-B.  Israel, T. D., G. N. Rhodes, and A. L. Wszelaki.  2013.  UT Extensiopn Fact Sheet.

Tomato Crush: Move Over Grainger County—Knoxvillians Are Being Swept Away By the Joy of Heirloom Tomatoes.  Wszelaki, A. L.  2013.  MetroPulse.

Fresh Recipes for Heirloom Tomatoes.  Wszelaki, A. L.  2013.  MetroPulse.