Food Research

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

Natalie Ruth Bumgarner
Assistant Professor

Doris H. D'Souza
Foodborne pathogens

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Vermont Punongba Dia
Assistant Professor
Food Chemistry and Food Bioactives

Andrea Sketch (Andi) Lear
Clinical Instructor
Food Animal Field Services

Scott Lenaghan
Assistant Professor

Nathan Miller
Extension Assistant I
Food Safety

Mark Thomas Morgan
Professor and Head

Chika C. Okafor
Assistant Professor
Food Safety & Epidemiology

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Emily Ruth Urban
Programs Administrator

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology

Tao Wu
Associate Professor
Food Carbohydrates

Xiaofei (Philip) Ye
Value-added bioprocess engineering

Qixin Zhong
Food physical properties



Willingness to Adopt Biosecurity Measures to Combat Foreign Animal Disease Outbreaks, 10/31/2018

UTIA Research Presence Expands in Belize, 7/5/2018

Development of Novel DNA-Based Methods for Detection of Bt Resistant Fall Armyworms, 5/31/2018

UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems, 3/8/2018

Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Promoting the Responsible Conduct of Research at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 11/1/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

A New Generation of Faculty, 8/2/2017

New Ventures | GAP Connections, 7/26/2017


(1 mention)

Tennessee Magic Moments 
Teaming with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau Federation, and producer groups across the state to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture to our state and in our lives.

(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

Microbiomes in Ruminant Protein Production and Food Security.  Myer, P., B. A. Clemmons, L. Schneider, and T. B. Ault.  2019.  CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources.

School’s Out! Take Advantage of Vacant Classrooms to Remove Clutter and Food and Re-assess Your Structure and Pest Management Program Barnwell, P., and K. M. Vail.  2018.  Pests and Pesticides in Child-serving Facilities: An IPM Newsletter, 11(5):2.

The effect of application method on hickory smoke aroma in dry dog food.  Burns, S., and C. R. Luckett.  2018.  Industry research project report.

Foodborne Viruses: Methods for Control.  D'Souza, D. H.  2018.  Proc., Symposium at TN State University on Nonthermal Approaches to Enhance Food Safety.

Genetically Modified Labeling: The Role of Consumers’ Trust and Personality DeLong, K. L., and C. Grebitus.  2018.  Agribusiness: an International Journal, 34(2):266-282. [Abstract]

Foodborne viral pathogens.  Gibson, KE, D. H. D'Souza, and A. Hall.  2018.  ASM Press, Ed. MP Doyle and RL Buchanan.

Will Dean Foods’ Dairy Announcement Affect the Beef Cattle Industry? Griffith, A. P.  2018.  Ohio Beef Cattle Letter.

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]

Engaging undergraduate honors students in plant pathology.  Gwinn, K. D., C. T. Stripling, J. L. Donaldson, and C. A. Stephens.  2018.  PhytopathologyPhytopathology 108:S1.194. International Congress of Plant Pathology, Boston, MA July 28-August 3, 2. [Abstract]

Viral infections in fire ants lead to dietary changes and anorexia H. W. Hsu, D. D. Shoemaker, and C. C. Yang.  2018.  Scientific Reports, 8: Article number 13498. [Abstract]

Five principles of food plot management.  Harper, C. A.  2018.  Quality Whitetails, 25(2):34-40.

Enzymatic Synthesis of Polymers: A Review Hayes, D. G.  2018.  American Oil Chemists’ Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 6-9 May 2018. [Abstract]