Pesticide Research

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

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

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



Promotion and Tenure 2016, 9/29/2016


(5 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.

(4 mentions)

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)

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.

(1 mention)

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)

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.

(1 mention)

Nozzle Selection 
Nozzle selection has been simplified over the years, but different types of nozzles are needed for different situations.

(1 mention)

Organic Vegetables 
The earth provides the foods we eat -- including healthy vegetables. UT researchers are studying how best to grow these crops, and part of that work involves organic farming.


Recent Publications

Honey bee survival and pathogen prevalence: from the perspective of landscape and exposure to pesticides Alburaki, M., D. Chen, J. A. Skinner, W. Meikle, D. Tarpy, J. Adamczyk, and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Insects, 9(2), 65.

Several pesticides influence the nutritional content of sweet corn Cutulle, M. C., G. R. Armel, D. A. Kopsell, H. P. Wilson, J. T. Brosnan, J. J. Vargas, T. E. Hines, and R. M. Koepke-Hill.  2018.  Agric. & Food Chem., 66: 3086-3092.

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]

Bioactive natural products in plant disease control Gwinn, K. D.  2018.  Studies in Natural Product Chemistry, Studies in Natural Products Chemistry Vol. 56:229-246. Copyright: © Elsevier 2018 Published: 1st February 2018 Elsevier Editors: Atta-ur-Rahman. [Abstract]

Licensing of Commercial Pest Control Operators Hensley, D. D.  2018.  SP363E.

Development of Methods for Testing Alterations in Flight Behavior of Cry1Fa-Resistant and Susceptible Spodoptera frugiperda in Response to Feeding on Cry1Fa Protoxin.  Hietela, L.  2018.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

W658 A Quick Reference Guide to Pesticides for Pest Management Professionals Working in and Around Structures 2018 Vail, K. M., and J. G. Chandler.  2018.  UT Extension.

Landscape and pesticide effects on honey bees: forager survival and expression of acetylcholinesterase and brain oxidative genes Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, E. McDermott, M. Weiss, J. A. Skinner, H. M. Kelly, et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Apidologie.

Agricultural landscape and pesticide effects on honey bee (Hymenoptera:Apidae) biological traits Alburaki, M., S. J. Steckel, M. Williams, J. A. Skinner, D. Tarpy, W. Meikle, J. Adamcyzk, and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 1-13.

Rapid detection of pesticide concentrations in citrus leaf tissue.  Edmunds, C. W., M. Soliman, L. Tetard, S. Santra, and N. Labbe.  2017.  2017 MRS Fall Meeting, November 26-December1, Boston, MA.

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]

Tennessee Commercial Applicator Recertification Point System Hensley, D. D., and E. E. Burgess.  2017.  SP363D.