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Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Brad S. Fisher
Research Associate I
Row Crops, Forages, Fruits, Vegetables

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

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

David W. Lockwood
Tree fruits and nuts

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 Field Day, 6/13/2017

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

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

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/17/2014

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/18/2013



Fruit growers warned to beware of new pest, 6/4/2014


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

Repeated foliar sprays of abscisic acid to strawberry plants influence plant growth and yield.  Deyton, D. E., C. E. Sams, and J. C. Cummins.  2017.  HortScience, Waikoloa, Hawaii, September 19-22, 2017.

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.

Aqueous Extracts of the Underutilized Garcinia Fruit and Pulp Decrease Tulane Virus Infectivity.  Sahoo, M. R., and D. H. D'Souza.  2017.  IAFP Annual Meeting, Poster Presentation, Tampa, FL, July 10..

Abscisic Acid Improves Tomato Fruit Quality by Increasing Soluble Sugar Concentrations Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  Journal of Plant Nutrition.

Abscisic Acid Impacts Tomato Carotenoids, Soluble Sugars, and Organic Acids.  Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(4):1-7.

Elevated Levels of Potassium in Greenhouse-grown Red Romaine Lettuce Impacts Mineral Nutrient and Soluble Sugar Concentrations.  Barickman, T. C., T. E. Horgan, J. R. Wheeler, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(9):504-509.

Factors Influencing Product Liability Insurance Adoption Among Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Farmers.  Edwards, M.R.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Product Liability Insurance Use Among Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Farmers Edwards, Matthew, M. Velandia, D. M. Lambert, W. H. Pepper, C. D. Clark, and K. L. Jensen.  2016.  Journal of Food Distribution Research, 47(4):127-137.

Surveying the Near-Surface Fibrous Roots of The Orange Tree With 3-D GPR Freeland, R. S.  2016.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture,  32(2): 145-153.

Locational advantage and the impact of scale: Comparing local and conventional fruit and vegetable transportation efficiencies.  Grigsby, C. C., and C. M. Hellwinckel.  2016.  Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

Fruit pest alert and pesticide update.  Hale, F. A.  2016.  UT Extension.

Fruit and vegetable insect update 2016.  Hale, F. A.  2016.  EPP 449, UT Extension.