Fruit Research

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

Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Megan L. Leffew
Extension Specialist II
Marketing Specialist

David W. Lockwood
Tree fruits and nuts

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

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

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research


Fruits of the Backyard, 6/11/2019

Fruits of the Backyard, 6/19/2018

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/13/2017

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/14/2016

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/16/2015



Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

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

Summer 2016 Upcoming Events, 5/16/2016

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

Spring 2016 Upcoming Events, 2/15/2016

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

Biodegradable Mulch Team Uses Transdisciplinary Approach to Meet Objectives, 9/16/2015


(2 mentions)

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

(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.

(1 mention)

It's rare to find a food that's both good-tasting and good for you. But with blueberries, you get both.

(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)

Cotton Sub-Irrigation 
Watering plants to make them grow works in a small garden or lawn, but is not so easy when you're talking about large acres. However, UT AgResearchers have made gains in recent years.

(1 mention)

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.

(1 mention)

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.

(1 mention)

Cotton Module Picker 
More and more producers are using cotton module pickers to get their crops from the field to the gin.

(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.


Recent Publications

Evaluation of specific ratios of narrow-band blue and red LED lights on plant growth and yield of soilless cultivated strawberries.  Deyton, D. E., C. E. Sams, J. C. Cummins, and J. Chase.  2019.  HortScience, 2019 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference, Las Vegas, 7/22/2019 - 7/25/2019. [Abstract]

Garcinia xanthochymus a potential functional tropical fruit beverage.  Wickramasinghe, P., M. Dein, A. Murray, M. Sahoo, C. R. Luckett, V. P. Dia, and J. P. Munafo.  2019.  American Chemical Society.

Comparison of Triangle and Tetrad Discrimination Methodology in an Applied Manner Burns, S., M. P. Penfield, A. M. Saxton, and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Food Quality & Preference. [Abstract]

Diversity and functional evolution of terpene synthases in dictyostelid social amoebae Chen, X., T. G. Köllner, G. Shaulsky, Q. D. Jia, J. S. Dickschat, J. Gershenzon, and F. Chen.  2018.  Scientific Reports, 25;8(1):14361. [Abstract]

Farmers' Market Fresh: Effect of social marketing on purchase intention and consumption of locally grown fruits and vegetables.  Sneed, C. T., K. L. Franck, and J. L. Burney.  2018.  Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Is Growing Oranges in Florida a Good Investment? Trejo-Pech, C., T. H. Spreen, and M. Zansler.  2018.  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100(2):625-639. [Abstract]

RNA sequencing-based transcriptome analysis of mature strawberry fruit infected by necrotrophic fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea.  Xiong, J., H. Zhu,, Y. Bai, H. Liu, and Z. Cheng.  2018.  Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology., 104:77–85.

Abscisic Acid Improves Tomato Fruit Quality by Increasing Soluble Sugar Concentrations Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2017.  Journal of Plant Nutrition, Journal of Plant Nutrition 7: 964-973.

Effects of abscisic acid on tomato fruit aroma volatiles Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2017.  Journal of Plant Nutrition.

Switchgrass extractives reduce bacterial diseases of tomato foliage and populations of foodborne pathogens on tomato fruit.  Bruce, A., B. H. Ownley, J. Tao, N. Labbe, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2017.  Phytopathology, 107 (Suppl. 5): S5.51. American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, August 5-9, San Antonio, TX.

How to use and monitor chlorine (sodium/calcium hypochlorite) in fruit and vegetable washwater and on equipment and food contact surfaces.  Critzer, F., A. L. Wszelaki, and D. Ducharme.  2017.  UT Extension, SP 798-A.

Using sanitizers on organic fruit and vegetable farms- Merging National Organic Program Guidelines with Good Agricultural Practices.  Critzer, F., A. L. Wszelaki, and D. Ducharme.  2017.  UT Extension, SP 798-C.