Genetic Research

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Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Scott E. Schlarbaum
Forest Genetics

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

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

Prakash Arelli
Plant genetics

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Hardwood Genomics Project 
Creating genomic resources for the most important hardwood species in North America.



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

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

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

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

The Hat, 1/17/2019

UTIA Plant Geneticist Named Fulbright Scholar, 6/20/2018

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

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT Presidentís Discover Award, 10/9/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

5 Things You Didnít Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017


(2 mentions)

Preparing to plant 1,200 chestnut trees 
1,200 chestnut trees were prepared at the University of Tennessee forest genetics greenhouse to be planted in national forests in the South.

(2 mentions)

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but whatís going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

(1 mention)

Honeybees are dying nationwide due to a disease that is wiping out colonies. UTIA researchers are working to save the bee population in our state.


Recent Publications

Overexpression of Differentially Methylated Loci on Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance in†Glycine max.  C. Wyman, T. Hewezi, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  Crop Science Society of America. [Abstract]

Ranavirus invasions: 50 years of research- now let's do something about it!.  Gray, M. J.  2019.  Zoological Society of London Symposium, London, England. April, 2019. [Abstract]

Genetic Improvement of U.S. Soybean in Maturity Groups V, VI, and VII J. D. Boehm Jr., H. Abdel-Haleem, W. T. Schapaugh Jr., K. Rainey, V. R. Pantalone, G. Shannon, J. Klein, T. E. Carter Jr., A. J. Cardinal, E. R. Shipe, A. M. Gillen, J. R. Smith, P. Chen, D. B. Weaver, H. R. Boerma, and Z. Li.  2019.  Crop Science. [Abstract]

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

Effect of a mutant Danbaekkong allele on soybean seed yield, protein, and oil concentration M. J. Cunicelli, H. Bhandari, P. Chen, C. E. Sams, M. A. R. Mian, L. A. Mozzoni, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 96:927-935. [Abstract]

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.

A highly invasive chimeric ranavirus can decimate tadpole populations rapidly through multiple transmission pathways Peace, A., S. M. O'Regan, J. A. Spatz, P. N. Reilly, R. D. Hill, E. D. Carter, R. P. Wilkes, T. B. Waltzek, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2019.  Ecological Modeling, Volume 410, 15 October 2019, 108777. [Abstract]

Genetic Gain for Soybean Seed Protein, Oil, and Yield in a Recombinant Inbred Line Population Wiggins, B., S. Wiggins, M. Cunicelli, C. Smallwood, F. L. Allen, D. R. West, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 96:43-50. [Abstract]

Population structure and genetic diversity within the endangered species Pityopsis ruthii (Asteraceae) A.E. Hatmaker, P. A. Wadl, M. E. Staton, A. Dattilo, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, T. Rinehart, E. Schilling, and R. N. Trigiano.  2018.  Frontiers of Plant Science, 9:943.

Midgut metabolomic profiling of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) with field-evolved resistance to Cry1F corn Abdelgaffar, H., E. Tague, H. F. Castro-Gonzalez, S. R. Campagna, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pii: S0965-1748(18)30401-6. [Abstract]

Antimicrobial resistance of Staphylococcus aureus isolates from dairy cows and genetic diversity of resistant isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. Vaughn, C. Merrill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Volume 15, issue 7, Page 449 - 458.

Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Chicken Adipose Tissue: Dual Purpose Benefit for Human Obesity and Poultry Production Beckford, R, E. Tague, S. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2018.  Current Metabolomics. [Abstract]