Fruit Research


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Personnel

Dennis E. Deyton
Professor
Fruit crop improvement

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

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

David W. Lockwood
Professor
Tree fruits and nuts

Megan L. Leffew
Extension Specialist II
Marketing Specialist

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

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


Events

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

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

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

 

News

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

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

Video


(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)

Blueberries 
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

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]

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.

Using peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in fruit and vegetable washing and packing.  Critzer, F., and A. L. Wszelaki.  2017.  UT Extension, SP 798-B.

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. [Abstract]

Formation of Nanoplastics from Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Films and Characterization of their Behavior in Soil Hayes, D. G., A. Astner, H. M. O'Neill, B. R. Evans, S. V. Pingali, and V. S. Urban.  2017.  BioEnvironmental Polymer Society 24th Annual Meeting, Albany, CA, 20-22 September 2017. [Abstract]

Developing a fruit injury based action threshold for bollworms and field validation.  Kerns, D., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Proc. Beltwide Cotton Conf., Pp. 798-804.

Current and future trends in chilling, spring temperatures, and spring freezes in Tennessee. , 25-28 June, Asheville, NC.  Logan, J.  2017.  23rd Conference on Applied Climatology, 25-28 June, Asheville, NC. [Abstract]

Economic Profile of two species of genus Euterpe, producers of acai fruits, from the Para and Amazonas states, Brazil Matos, C., P. Sampio, A. A. Rivas, J. C. Matos, and D. G. Hodges.  2017.  International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology, 2(4): 1822 – 1828.