Greenhouse Research

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Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Lori D. Osburn
Greenhouse Manager
Greenhouse Manager

Groups and Facilities

(3 mentions)

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

(2 mentions)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research



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

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

Faculty 360 | Sindhu Jagadamma, 9/22/2016

2015 Directors’ Awards Recipients, 2/29/2016

Gibson Honored with UT AgResearch Director's Award, 2/22/2016

New Twists on Traditional Christmas Flower, 11/24/2015

Renovating REC’s, 9/16/2015


(4 mentions)

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.

(3 mentions)

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

(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)

LED Plant Lights 
It’s been known for years we can use indoor lighting to grow plants. Now UT Ag Researchers are looking at LED lights as an efficient way to bring plants to life.

(1 mention)

Microgreens are tiny plants that add zest to salads and main dishes, and are popular with chefs and customers at high-end restaurants.

(1 mention)

Dogwood Patent 
Dr. Mark Windham of University of Tennessee AgResearch discusses research into protecting dogwood trees.

(1 mention)

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.


Recent Publications

Evaluating on-demand irrigation systems for container-grown woody plants grown in biochar-amended pine bark.  Basiri Jahomi, N., A. Fulcher, F. R. Walker, J. Altland, and N. S. Eash.  2018.  HortScience, 53(12):1-6. [Abstract]

Insect and mite management in greenhouses.  Hale, F. A., and R. A. Cloyd.  2018.  Revision of PB 1594, UT Extension.

The Impact of Daily Light Integral Supplements on Biomass Accumulation and Nutrient Uptake in Hydroponically Grown Genovese Pesto Basil.  Hammock, H. A., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2018.  HortScience, 53(9):S460. The Presentation was Third Place in the Oral Presentations Graduate Student Competition at the SRASHS Conference. [Abstract]

Warm and Cool Full Spectrum LED Supplements Impact Key Flavor Volatiles in Hydroponically Grown Basil.  Hammock, H. A., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2018.  HortScience, 53(9):S55. This Poster won Second Place at the ASHS Annual Conference Graduate Student Poster Competition. [Abstract]

Biobased Surfactants: Overview and Industrial State-of-the-Art.  Hayes, D. G., and G. A. Smith.  2018.  Biobased Surfactants: Synthesis, Properties and Applications (2nd Ed), Edited by D. G. Hayes, D. K. Y. Solaiman, and R. D. Ashby, Elsevier Press. [Abstract]

Screening for SCN resistance and field evaluation of soybean recombinant Inbred lines.  Niyikiza, D., G. Dickey, J. H. Rice, T. Burch-Smith, P. Arelli, C. E. Sams, T. Gill, T. Hewezi, and V. R. Pantalone.  2018.  Molecular & Cellular Biology of the Soybean. [Abstract]

A Survey of Thrips and their Potential for Transmission of Viruses to Crops in Biskra (Algeria): First Record of the Species Frankliniella intonsa and Thrips flavus.  Razi, S., E. C. Bernard, and M. Laamari.  2018.  Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection, Vol. 12: 197-205. [Abstract]

The Effect of Environment and Nutrients on Hydroponic Lettuce Yield, Quality, and Phytonutrients Sublett, W. L., T. C. Barickman, and C. E. Sams.  2018.  Horticulturae, Vol. (4):48: 1-15. Special Issue: Abiotic Stress Effects on Performance of Horticultural Crops. [Abstract]

Response of soil surface greenhouse gas fluxes to crop residue removal and cover crops under a corn-soybean rotation Wegner, B., K. Subedi, S. Singh, L. Lai, G. Abagandura, S. Kumar, S. Osborne, M. Lehman, and S. Jagadamma.  2018.  Journal of Environmental Quality, 47(5):1146-1154.

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]

Fatty Acids-Based Surfactants and their Uses Hayes, D. G.  2017.  Fatty Acids: Chemistry, Synthesis, and Applications, edited by Moghis Ahmad, Amsterdam, Elsevier, pp. 355-384. [Abstract]

Soil greenhouse gas flux, soil moisture, and soil temperature variability among three plant communities from 2015 to 2017 in a High-Arctic lake basin, Northwest Greenland.  Konkel, J., J. M. Welker, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2017.  American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA.