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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.



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

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.

Nematicidal Activity and Saponin Concentration of Chenopod Extracts Batson, E. K., and T. Kouser.  2016.  Proceedings of the International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix, AR. 08/08/16-05/08/16.

Soil Solarization in Tennessee: A Pesticide-Free Method for Controlling Soil-Borne Pests in Home Gardens Canaday, C. H., and S. C. Bost.  2016.  UT Extension, W363, 3 pp.

Biomineralization of atrazine and analysis of 16S rRNA and catabolic genes of atrazine degraders in a former pesticide mixing site and a machinery washing area Douglass, J.F., M. A. Radosevich, and O. H. Tuovinen.  2016.  Journal of Soils and Sediments, 16:2263-2274.

Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Bacteria Glare, T., J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and M. O'Callaghan.  2016.  Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: from theory to practice, Chapter IV Lerry Lacey, Editor Academic Press.

Impacts of Land Use Disturbance on Fish and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Assemblages in the Nolichucky River Watershed Gotwald, Hayley S.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

Pathogens vs. Pesticides: What is the greater threat to Eastern Hellbenders?.  Gray, M. J., C. E. Lillard, J. L. Howard, J. A. Spatz, D. E. Carter, R. P. Wilkes, L. Rollins-Smith, B. Reeves, D. McGinnity, S. Reinsch, and D. L. Miller.  2016.  Eighth World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou, China.

Bioactive Natural Products in Plant Disease Control.  Gwinn, K. D.  2016.  Studies in Natural Products Chemistry, Book Series, Elsevier, The Netherlands, A. ur Rahman (editor). Invited Review.

Fruit pest alert and pesticide update.  Hale, F. A.  2016.  UT Extension.

Specificity determinants for Cry insecticidal proteins: Insights from their mode of action Jurat-Fuentes, J. L., and N. Crickmore.  2016.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.

Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual (revision) Lynkins, C., S. C. Bost, J. A. Skinner, F. A. Hale, K. M. Vail, S. D. Stewart, H. M. Kelly, and D. D. Hensley.  2016.  PB 1690, UT Extension.

Toxicity and efficacy of novel biopesticides for organic management of cucumber beetles on Galia muskmelons Rogers, M. A., B. H. Ownley, P. B. Avery, and A. L. Wszelaki.  2016.  Organic Agriculture, p. 1-13.