Vegetable Research

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Steven C. (Steve) Bost
Fruit, vegetable & tobacco diseases

Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Adam Hopkins
Extension Area Specialist
Farm Management

Megan L. Leffew
Extension Specialist II
Marketing Specialist

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

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

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research

(1 mention)

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

(1 mention)

Vegetable Initiative 
Research on varieties and methods with potential in Tennessee.



Researchers Use Genomics and Citizen Science to Determine Migration History of Invasive Butterfly, 9/11/2019

Patent Issued to UT Researchers for Development of Sustainable Food Packaging Alternative from Soy Oil, 9/9/2019

Position Announcement - Center Director Greeneville, 7/12/2019

Dicamba Briefing, 11/27/2017

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

Our Fondest Memories: Our Tribute to John Hodges, 7/24/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

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

Five Things You Didn’t Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016

Five Things You Didn’t Know about the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 9/17/2015


(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.

(3 mentions)

Sweet corn 
UT AgResearchers applied herbicides to experimental sweet corn to keep weeds away. But something unexpected happened -- they boosted the nutritional value of the corn.

(2 mentions)

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

(1 mention)

High Tunnels 
Some Tennessee nursery farmers use what are called “high tunnel” greenhouses – an inexpensive way to protect crops from temperatures that are either too hot or cold.

(1 mention)

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

(1 mention)

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.


Recent Publications

Dynamic Extreme Aneuploidy (DEA) in the vegetable pathogen Phytophthora capsici and the potential for rapid asexual evolution Hu, J., S. Shrestha, Y. Zhou, J. Mudge, X. Liu, and K. H. Lamour.  2020.  PLOS ONE. [Abstract]

Effect of environmental weathering on microbial assimilation of biodegradable plastic mulches under ambient soil and composting conditions.  Anunciado, M. B., C. D. Cowan-Banker, A. F. Astner, L. C. Wadsworth, and D. G. Hayes.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019. [Abstract]

Leafy crops for the Tennessee vegetable garden.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2019.  UT Extension D68.

Potatoes (Irish) for the Tennessee vegetable garden.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2019.  UT Extension D69.

Root crops for the Tennessee vegetable garden.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2019.  UT Extension D70.

Sweetpotatoes for the Tennessee vegetable garden.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2019.  UT Extension D71.

Garlic for the Tennessee vegetable garden.  Bumgarner, N. R., and L. Holman.  2019.  UT Extension DXX.

An introduction to small-scale soilless and hydroponic vegetable production.  Bumgarner, N. R., and R. Hochmuth.  2019.  UT Extension W-844A.

Taking the trial to the people-Citizen science for vegetable gardeners in Tennessee.  Bumgarner, N. R., and V. R. Sykes.  2019.  UT Gardens Cultivate magazine.

2020 Tennessee home vegetable garden calendar.  Bumgarner, N. R., R. G. Ary, A. Bruhin, D. Payne, J. C. Reese, M. Rose, L. Sammons, V. R. Sykes, S. Whitehouse, and W. Upchurch.  2019.  UT Extension, W 436.

Mapping and identification of QTL associated with soybean seed yield, protein, oil, and amino acids in 5601T × U99- 310255 RIL population using SNP genotyping.  Cunicelli, M.J., C. E. Sams, L. Schneider, D. R. West, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  Crop Science Society of America. [Abstract]

When Worlds Collide: Relationships Between the Life Cycle of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches and Ecosystems.  Hayes, D. G., M. B. Anunciado, A. F. Astner, M. English, A. L. Wszelaki, J. L. Moore, S. V. Pingali, M. Flury, H. Y. Sintim, J. M. DeBruyn, S. M. Schaeffer, and S. Bandpadhyay.  2019.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, 5-7 June 2019 (other coauthors: H. M. O'Neill, B.R. Evans, V.S. Urban, C. Miles, S. Ghimire, M. Flury, and H.Y. Sintim). [Abstract]