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Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes
Associate Professor
Insect physiology and molecular pathology

Kurt H. Lamour
Molecular Epidemiology

Scott E. Schlarbaum
Forest Genetics

Robert N. (Bob) Trigiano
Cell/tissue culture of ornamentals

Prakash Arelli
Plant genetics

Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Groups and Facilities

(2 mentions)

Hardwood Genomics Project 
Creating genomic resources for the most important hardwood species in North America.


Utilizing Molecular Markers in Genetic Studies of Ornamental Plant Species, 2/14/2014



Neal Stewart Nominated for UT President’s Discover Award, 10/9/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

High Hopes for Tennessee Cotton, 4/17/2017

Faculty 360 | Avat Shekoofa, 4/10/2017

Beef Heifer Development Center–One Year Later, 12/29/2016

Taking a Next Step Toward a Biobased Economy, 11/7/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 5/24/2016

New Ventures | Creative Agricultural Technologies, LLC, 2/25/2016


(2 mentions)

Preparing to plant 1,200 chestnut trees 
1,200 chestnut trees were prepared at the University of Tennessee forest genetics greenhouse to be planted in national forests in the South.

(2 mentions)

Shackelford Orchard 
Majestic oaks stand proudly next to towering pines. Stunning beauty in a peaceful setting - but what’s going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.

(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.


Recent Publications

Antimicrobial Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Dairy Cows and Genetic Diversity of Resistant Isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. M. Vaughn, C. E. Merill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. [Abstract]

Identification, characterization, and genetic comparison of Fusarium species isolated from switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Collins, T.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Transcriptomic and Metabolomic Profiling of Chicken Adipose Tissue: Dual Purpose Benefit for Human Obesity and Poultry Production.  Beckford, R. C., E. Tague, S. R. Campagna, and B. H. Voy.  2017.  Current Metabolomics, in press. [Abstract]

2017-18 TAEP Cattle Genetics Program Betzleberger,R, and F. D. Kirkpatrick.  2017.  Tennesse Department of Agriculture.

Molecular Phylogenetics and Piercer Evolution in the Bug-Killing Flies (Diptera: Tachinidae: Phasiinae).  Blaschke, J. D., J. O. Stireman, P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, and J. K. Moulton.  2017.  Systematic Entomology.

Insights into land plant evolution garnered from the Marchantia polymorpha genome Bowman, J.L., and T. Kohchi et al.., F. Chen, and S. Chiyoda et al..  2017.  Cell, 171: 287–304. [Abstract]

Identification of southeastern bat species using non-invasive genetic sampling of individual guano pellets.  Brown, V. A, E. V. Willcox, K. E. Fagan, and R. F. Bernard.  2017.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Genetic analyses reveal cryptic diversity in the native North American fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis) Chialvo, P., D. Gotzek, D. D. Shoemaker, and K. Ross.  2017.  Systematic Entomology. [Abstract]

Effect of the mutant Danbaekkong or stem termination alleles on soybean seed protein concentration, amino acid composition, and other seed quality and agronomic traits.  Cunicelli, M. J.  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Intra- and intergenomic variation of ploidy and clonality characterize Phytophthora capsici on Capsicum sp. in Taiwan​​ D. Barchenger, K. H. Lamour, Z. M., Sheu,, and S. Shrestha et al..  2017.  Mycological Progress. [Abstract]

Genetically Modified Labeling: The Role of Consumers’ Trust and Personality DeLong, K. L., and C. Grebitus.  2017.  Agribusiness: an International Journal.

Transgenic switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) targeted for reduced recalcitrance to bioconversion: a 2-year comparative analysis of field-grown lines modified for target gene or genetic element expression Dumitrache, A., J. Natzke, M. Rodriguez Jr., K. L. Yee, O. A. Thompson, C. R. Poovaiah, H. Shen, M. Mazarei, H. Baxter, C. Fu, Z.-Y. Wang, A. K. Biswal, G. Li, A. C. Srivastava, Y. Tang, C. N. Stewart, Jr., R. A. Dixon, R. S. Nelson, D. Mohnen, J. Mielenz, S. D. Brown, and B. H. Davison.  2017.  Plant Biotechnology Journal, 15: 688-697.