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

Paris L. Lambdin
Scale insects & biological control

Frank A. Hale
Horticulture, Tobacco, Insects

Jennifer M. DeBruyn
Associate Professor
Environmental Microbiology

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

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.



Popular Knockout Roses Facing Threat from Insect Disease, 10/21/2013


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 Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve 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 it’s 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

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.  2017.  Systematic Entomology.

Can we use entomopathogenic fungi as endophytes for dual biological control of insect pests and plant pathogens? Jaber, L., and B. H. Ownley.  2017.  Biological Control, 107: 50-59.

Recovery Trends and Predictions of Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Dynamics in the Southern Appalachian Mountains Kaylor, S., J. Hughes, and J. A. Franklin.  2017.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47(1): 125-133.

Insects Associated with Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (Bertoni), and Toxicity of Compounds from S. rebaudiana against Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Larvae.  Lowery, H.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Classifying Forest insects by Feeding Habits.  Mercker, D. C.  2017.  Alabama Treasured Forest. Spring Issue. Vol XXXVI, No. 1.

Efficacy of spinetoram insecticide against thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in seedling cotton, Gossypium hirsutum L.  Siebert, M. W., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Journal of Cotton Science.

2017 Insect control recommendations for field crops Stewart, S. D., and M. A. McClure.  2017.  UT Extension, PB 1768.

Insect Control for Home Lawns (revision) Vail, K. M.  2017.  PB 1690. Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual.

Home Vegetable Garden Insect Control Vail, K. M., and J. Chandler.  2017.  PB 1690 2014 Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual. UT Extension (Revision).

Spotted Bass Population Structure and Diet in Wadeable and Non-Wadeable Streams Draining the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Alford, J. B., and B. A. Heimann.  2016.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 3:17-24.

Insecticide Dip Treatments to Prevent Walnut Twig Beetle Colonization of Black Walnut Logs.  Audley, J., A. M. Taylor, W. E. Klingeman, A. Mayfield, and S. W. Myers.  2016.  Forest Products Journal, 66(3/4):233–240.

Abundance and Frequency of the Asiatic Oak Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Defoliation on American, Chinese, and Hybrid Chestnut (Castanea) Case, A. E., A. E. Mayfield, III, S. L. Clark, S. E. Schlarbaum, and B. C. Reynolds.  2016.  Journal of Insect Science, 16 (1): 29.