Insect Research

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John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Frank A. Hale
Horticulture, Tobacco, Insects

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

Paris L. Lambdin
Scale insects & biological control

Scott D. Stewart

Groups and Facilities

(6 mentions)

UT Crops 
Statewide trials and management of corn, cotton, soybean, and small grains.

(4 mentions)

Insect Physiology 
Studying the physiology of the insect gut and characterizing its interactions with invading microbes.

(2 mentions)

UT Soil, Plant, and Pest Center 
Soil, media, forage, and grain testing; Insect and plant disease identification; Manure and plant tissue analysis

(1 mention)

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research

(1 mention)

Bioactive Natural Products 
Harnessing this natural 'arsenal' for agriculture and medicine.

(1 mention)

UT Organics 
Increasing farm income and keeping family farms in the family.

(1 mention)

Urban Landscape & Nursery 
IPM, ornamental plant production, mycorrhizal applications, weed-insect interactions.



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

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

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

Five Things You Didnít Know about the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 2/25/2016

I AM UTIA -- In Knoxville, Meet Joe Sarten, PE, 12/9/2015


(3 mentions)

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.

(3 mentions)

Gnats (Black Flies) 
In Tennesseeís warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before theyíve hatched from rivers and streams.

(2 mentions)

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.

(2 mentions)

Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.

(1 mention)

Livestock Research 
It's a problem for Tennessee farmers who produce our top commodity -- beef cattle. Insects such as flies cause serious health problems for their animals, and reduce product quality for consumers.

(1 mention)

Nursery Industry 
Tennessee is a top producer of ornamental plants. The nursery industry here is concentrated in a very specific part of our state, known for a mild climate and growing beautiful trees and shrubs.

(1 mention)

Bed Bugs 
Good night. Sleep tight. And don't let the bed bugs bite. Once a harmless nursery rhyme, now it's anything but a laughing matter. Like much of the US, Tennessee has bed bugs.

(1 mention)

Ag Year Preview 
Spring is almost here, and itís just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.

(1 mention)

Beetle Tents 
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.


Recent Publications

Evolution of olfactory functions on the fire ant social chromosome A. Cohanim, E. Amsalem, R. Saad, D. D. Shoemaker, and E. Privman.  2018.  Genome Biology and Evolution, 10: 2947-2960. [Abstract]

Differential heliothine susceptibility to Cry1Ac associated with gut proteolytic activity Abdelgaffar, H., C. Oppert, X. Sun, J. Monserrate, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Pesticide Biochemsitry and Physiology. [Abstract]

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]

The dauer juvenile and life history observations of Distolabrellus veechi, a facultative insect-parasitic nematode.  Bernard, E. C., S. K. Pohula, and G. Phillips.  2018.  Journal of Nematology.

The dauer juvenile and life history observations of Distolabrellus veechi, a facultative insect-parasitic nematode.  Bernard, E. C., S. K. Pothula, and G. Phillips.  2018.  Journal of Nematology.

The origin of the odorant receptor gene family in insects Brand, P., H. M. Robertson, W. Lin, R. Pothula, W. E. Klingeman, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and B. L. Johnson.  2018.  eLife, 7:e38340.

Genetic analyses reveal cryptic diversity in the native North American fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis) Chialvo, P., D. Gotzek, D. D. Shoemaker, and K. Ross.  2018.  Systematic Entomology, 43: 109-122. [Abstract]

Positive selection on sociobiological traits in invasive fire ants E. Privman, P. Cohen, A. Cohanim, O. Riba-Grognuz, D. D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller.  2018.  Molecular Ecology, 27(15): 3116-3130. [Abstract]

Mycobiota associated with insect galleries in walnut with thousand cankers diseases reveals a potential natural enemy against Geosmithia morbida Gazis, R., L. Poplawski, W. E. Klingeman, S. L. Boggess, R. N. Trigiano, A. Graves, S. Seybold, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2018.  Fungal Biology, 122(4):241-253.

Entomopathogenic bacteria in insect biological control Grijalba, E., M. Hurst, J. Ibarra, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and T. Jackson.  2018.  Biological Conrol of Phytopathogens, Insects and Acari, Chapter 5, pp. 296-333, Edited by A. M. Cotes, Agrosavia, Bogota, Colombia. [Abstract]

Viral infections in fire ants lead to dietary changes and anorexia H. W. Hsu, D. D. Shoemaker, and C. C. Yang.  2018.  Scientific Reports, 8: Article number 13498. [Abstract]

Commercial insect and mite control for trees, shrubs and flowers.  Hale, F. A.  2018.  Revisions of PB 1589 and PB 1690, UT Extension.