Biotechnology Research

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Mohammad R. (Reza) Hajimorad
Associate Professor
Plant viruses

Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Robert N. (Bob) Trigiano
Cell/tissue culture of ornamentals

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

Plant Biotechnology 
Supporting advanced research, collaboration, and sharing.

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research

(1 mention)

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



Commendations Corner - July 2019, 7/9/2019

UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

Development of Novel DNA-Based Methods for Detection of Bt Resistant Fall Armyworms, 5/31/2018

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s Discover Award, 10/9/2017

Dr. Bree Dell to Speak on Bushmeat in Uganda, 9/19/2017

Dr. Neelam Poudyal to Speak on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, 9/14/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016

Power Plant, 2/25/2016


Recent Publications

Liu, Y., C.N. Stewart, Jr. 2019. An exposure-based risk assessment model for GM plants. Plant Biotechnology Journal 17: 1859-1861.  Liu, Y, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2019.  Plant Biotechnology Journal.

MoChlo: A Versatile, Modular Cloning Toolbox for Chloroplast Biotechnology Occhialini, A., A. A. Piatek, A. C. Pfotenhauer, T. P. Frazier, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2019.  Plant Physiology.

MoChlo: A versatile, modular cloning toolbox for chloroplast biotechnology.  Occhialini, A., A. C. Pfotenhauer, J. S. Layton, A. Piatek, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2019.  Plant Synthetic Biology, San Jose, Aug. 7-9.

Occhialini, A, A.A. Piatek, A.C. Pfotenhauer, T.P. Frazier, C.N. Stewart, Jr., S.C. Lenaghan. 2019. MoChlo: a versatile modular cloning toolbox for chloroplast biotechnology. Plant Physiology 179: 943-957. DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.01220.  Occhialini, A., A. Piatek, A. Pfeotenhauer, T. Frazier, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2019.  Plant Physiology, Plant Physiology 179: 943-957.

Embryogenic cell suspensions for high-capacity genetic transformation and regeneration of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). Biotechnology for Biofuels 12: 290. DOI : 10.1186/s13068-019-1632-3 Ondzighi-Assoume, C.A, J. Willis, W. Ouma, S. Allen, Z. King, W. Parrottt, W. Liu, J. N. Burris, S. Lenaghan, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2019.  Biotechnology for Biofuels.

Biotechnology and Demand Concerns: The Case of Genetically Modified Sugar Beets.  P. L. Kennedy, A. Schmitz, and K. L. DeLong.  2019.  AgBioForum, 22(1): 1-13.

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. [Abstract]

Following the carbon: using micrometeorology to evaluate the impact of land application of industrial co-products.  O'Dell, D., N. S. Eash, J. Oetting, J. A. Zahn, B. Hicks, T. J. Sauer, D. M. Lambert, J. Logan, and J. Goddard.  2017.  Annual Meeting ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, Oct. 22-25, Tampa, FL. [Abstract]

Utilization of Spent Microbial Biomass as an Alternative Crop Nitrogen Source Sullivan, C. T., R. Mattingly Harman, N. S. Eash, J. Zahn, F. R. Walker, J. Goddard, A. M. Saxton, D. M. Lambert, D. McIntosh, R. S. Freeland, W. E. Hart, and J. E. Morrison.  2017.  Agronomy Journal, Agron. J. 109:1870–1879 (2017). [Abstract]

Diversity of ABC transporter genes across and plant kingdom and their potential utility in biotechnology Lane, T., C. S. Rempe, J. Davitt, M. E. Staton, Y. Peng, D. E. Soltis, M. Melkonian, M. Deyholos, J. H. Leebens-Mack, M. Chase, C. J. Rothfels, D. Stevenson, S. W. Graham, J. Yu, T. Liu, J. C. Pires, P. P. Edgar, Y. Zhang, Y. Xie, Y. Zhu, E. Carpenter, G. K. S. Wong, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  BMC Biotechnolgy.

The future: advanced plant biotechnology, genome editing, and synthetic biology Liu, W., and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Plant Biotechnology and Genetics: Principles, Techniques and Applications, Second Edition., Pp. 383-401. Wiley and Sons. Hoboken, New Jersey. Stewart, C.N., Jr. (Ed).

Next-generation precision genome engineering and plant biotechnology Mahfouz, M., T. Cardi, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Plant Cell Reports.