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High Input Costs 
Food prices have been going up, but so are the production costs for farmers who grow what we eat. Farm expenses are at record highs for Tennessee row-crop producers.


Recent Publications

Genetic Variation and Estimation of Ethanol Yield of Alamo Half-Sib Families.  Dalid, C., S. Nayak, F. L. Allen, V. R. Pantalone, A. M. Saxton, F. Chen, and H. Bhandari.  2016.  Proceedings, Crop Science Society of America Annual Meeting ( 6-9, Nov, 2016), Phoenix, AZ.

Risk Premiums and Forward Basis: Evidence from the Soybean Oil Market Lewis, K. E., I. Altman, M. R. Manfredo, and D. R. Sanders.  2015.  Agribusiness: an International Journal, 31(3): 388-398.

Real-Time Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Analysis of Lipase-Catalyzed Biodiesel Production in Microemulsion Systems Hayes, D. G., V. S. Urban, and S. V. Pingali.  2013.  104th American Oil Chemists’ Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, May 2013.

Evaluation of Agronomic and Seed Characteristics in Elevated Oleic Acid Soybean Lines in the South-Eastern US Fallen, B. D., Rainey, K., C. E. Sams, D. A. Kopsell, and V. R. Pantalone.  2012.  Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society, 89:1333-1343.

Investigating the novel sesquiterpene biosynthesis pathway in Copaifera officinalis, ‘the diesel tree’, through next-generation de novo transcriptome sequencing and functional genomics.  Joyce, B. L., S. Liu, H. Al-Ahmad, P. Ranjan, X. Chen, X. Sun, J. C. John, G. K-S. Wong, F. Chen, J. S. Yuan, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2012.  Plant and Animal Genome XX, San Diego, CA. P0822.

Effect of Soybean Oil Fatty Acid Composition and Selenium Application on Biodiesel Properties Fallen, B.D., V. R. Pantalone, C. E. Sams, D. A. Kopsell, Vaughn, S.F., and Moser, B.R..  2011.  J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. Volume 88, Number 7, 1019-1028, DOI: 10.1007/s11746-010-1746-z.

Novel Plant-derived Biodiesel Chemicals: Using a Rapid Screening Process and Transcriptomics to Identify Biochemical Pathways of Interest.  Stewart, Jr., C. N., B. Joyce, M. Bunce, V. Jeliazkov, and S. Lewis, B. Bunting.  2011.  VIPCA International conference Plant Gene Discoveries Technologies, Vienna, Austria.

Chapter 24. Diesel trees.  Stewart, Jr., C. N., C. Kole, C.P. Joshi, D.R. Shonnard, R. Tressider, F. Chen, H. Al-Ahmad, and B.L. Joyce.  2011.  Pp. 615-625 in C. Kole, C.P. Joshi, D.R. Shonnard, R. Tressider (eds); Handbook of Bioenergy Crop Plants, Taylor and Francis.

Diesel tree: Copafeira.  Joyce, B., H. Al-Ahmad, F. Chen, C. Basu, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2010.  In: Chittaranjan Kole, Chandrasekhar P. Joshi and David R. Shonnard (Eds). Bioenergy Crops: Volume 3, Emerging Bioenergy Crops. Springer Verlag, Heidelberg.

Introducing the ‘diesel trees’ (Copaifera spp.) as an alternative source of novel chemicals for biofuel.  Joyce, D., F. Chen, B. Bunting, J.M. Storey, N. Zhao, T. Kollner, J. Degenhardt, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2010.  H. Al-Ahmad. China-US Workshop on Bioenergy Plants, November 16-17 2009, Knoxville, Abstract Book p. 15.

Catalytic Glycerol Conversion to Acrolein--A value-added chemical from biodiesel byproduct.  Liu, L., L. Cheng, and X. P. Ye.  2010.  ASABE Annual International Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2010. #1009179.

Classification of temperature response in germination of Brassicas.  Russo, V. M., Bruton, B. D., and C. E. Sams.  2010.  Industrial Crops and Products 31 (2010) 48-51.