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

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



UTIA Researchers Develop Kit for Chloroplast Engineering in Plants, 3/25/2019

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


(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

The Effects of Halving Lost and Wasted Food - A Quantitative Comparison Between Developed and Less Developed Regions.  Bisangwa, E.  2019.  Ph.D. Dissertation.

Increasing Charcoal Efficiency for Brooding Broiler Chickens in Rural Rwanda.  Mihelic, R., E. R. Urban, T. Gill, M. O. Smith, and B. H. Voy.  2019.  African Journal of Poultry Farming, in press. [Abstract]

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.

Genetic Gain for Soybean Seed Protein, Oil, and Yield in a Recombinant Inbred Line Population Wiggins, B., S. Wiggins, M. Cunicelli, C. Smallwood, F. L. Allen, D. R. West, and V. R. Pantalone.  2019.  J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 96:43-50. [Abstract]

The Food We Eat: Understanding Food Chains and Food Webs.  Bain, T. G., and J. K. Richards.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W535.

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.

2017-2019 4-H Food Smart Families Year 1 Report.  Brawner, S.  2018.  National 4-H Council.

2017-2019 4-H Food Smart Families Quarter 1.2 Report.  Brawner, S.  2018.  National 4-H Council.

2017-2019 4-H Food Smart Families Quarter 2.1 Report.  Brawner, S.  2018.  National 4-H Council.

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

Lipolysis Rapidly Induces the Formation of N-acyl Amino Acids In Vivo C. Gibson, S. Zaver, S. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2018.  The Obesity Society, T-P-3370; Obesity Week 2018. [Abstract]

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