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Brad S. Fisher
Research Associate I
Row Crops, Forages, Fruits, Vegetables

Carl E. Sams
Distinguished Professor
Crop physiology

Steven C. (Steve) Bost
Fruit, vegetable & tobacco diseases

Groups and Facilities

2 mentions

Phytophthora Plant Pathogens 
Soybeans, vegetables, the Irish potato blight, and Sudden Oak Death.

1 mention

UTIA Greenhouses 
High tech facilities help support agricultural research

1 mention

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

1 mention

Vegetable Initiative 
Research on varieties and methods with potential in Tennessee.



4 mentions

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.

3 mentions

Sweet corn 
UT AgResearchers applied herbicides to experimental sweet corn to keep weeds away. But something unexpected happened -- they boosted the nutritional value of the corn.

2 mentions

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

1 mention

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.

1 mention

Gourmet Food Safety 
We all want good-tasting foods, but what we eat also has to be safe. UT’s Institute of Agriculture works with producers statewide in food safety programs.

1 mention

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.


Recent Publications

Effect of the mutant Danbaekkong alleles on soybean seed protein and oil concentration and amino acid composition.  M. J. Cunicelli, H. Bhandari, V. R. Pantalone, and C. E. Sams.  2017.  World Soybean Research Conference 10, Poster completed and displayed in Plant Biotechnology Bldg. Conference cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

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

Elevated Levels of Potassium in Greenhouse-grown Red Romaine Lettuce Impacts Mineral Nutrient and Soluble Sugar Concentrations.  Barickman, T. C., T. E. Horgan, J. R. Wheeler, and C. E. Sams.  2016.  HortScience, 51(9):504-509.

Growing vegetables in the home garden in Tennessee. In: Tennessee Extension Master Gardener Handbook.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  Extension publication PB 1845 K.

Tennessee vegetable garden: Building and using raised beds.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  UT Extension W-346E.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Season extension methods.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  UT Extension W-346F.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Stewardship in garden soil management.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  UT Extension W-346G.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Tomatoes in the home garden.  Bumgarner, N. R., and B. Carver.  2016.  UT Extension W-346H.

Cruciferous Vegetables Are in Season in Tennessee.  Burney, J. L.  2016.  Extension news article.

Tillage system and cover crop management impacts on soil quality and vegetable crop performance in organically managed production in Tennessee Butler, D. M., G. E. Bates, and S. Eichler Inwood.  2016.  HortScience.

Impact of Grape Seed Extract on Sensory Characteristics of Leafy, Green Vegetables.  Denney, S. B., J. D. Halfacre, and T. B. Jackson.  2016.  Annual UT Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA).

Factors Influencing Product Liability Insurance Adoption Among Tennessee Fruit and Vegetable Farmers.  Edwards, M.R.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.