Genetic Research


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Personnel

Hem Bhandari
Assistant Professor
Bioenergy/biomass Feedstock

Thomas (Tom) Denes
Assistant Professor
Molecular Microbiology and Bacteriophage

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

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

Kurt H. Lamour
Professor
Molecular Epidemiology

Bode Adebowale Olukolu
Assistant Professor

Scott E. Schlarbaum
Professor
Forest Genetics

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

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

Prakash Arelli
Professor
Plant genetics

Groups and Facilities


(2 mentions)

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


 

News

Researchers Use Genomics and Citizen Science to Determine Migration History of Invasive Butterfly, 9/11/2019

Partnership between UT Institute of Agriculture and National University of Ireland Galway addresses Common Concerns Plaguing both Countries, 8/23/2019

Position Announcement - Center Director Greeneville, 7/12/2019

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

The Hat, 1/17/2019

UTIA Plant Geneticist Named Fulbright Scholar, 6/20/2018

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

Neal Stewart Nominated for UT Presidentís Discover Award, 10/9/2017

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

5 Things You Didnít Know about Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, 5/6/2017

Video


(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 whatís going on in this still forest is a decades-long research project.



(1 mention)

Bees 
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

Genome-wide association study identified candidate genes controlling continuous storage root formation and bulking in hexaploid sweetpotato Bararyenya A, B. A. Olukolu, P. Tukamuhabwa, W. J. GrŁneberg, W. Ekaya, J. Low, M. Ochwo-Ssemakula, T. L. Odong, H. Talwana, A. Badji, M. Kyalo, Y. Nasser, D. Gemenet, M. Kitavi, and R. O. M. Mwanga.  2020.  BMC Plant Biology, 20(1):3. [Abstract]

Quantitative trait loci and differential gene expression analyses reveal the genetic basis for negatively-associated β-carotene and starch content in hexaploid sweetpotato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] D. C. Gemenet, G. Pereira, B. De Boeck, J. C. Wood, M. Mollinari, B. A. Olukolu, F. Diaz, V. Ssali RT, M. David, M. N. Kitavi, G. Burgos, T. Z. Felde, M. Ghislain, E. Carey, J. Swanckaert, L. J. M. Coin, Z. Fei, J. P. Hamilton, B. Yada, G. C. Yencho, Z. B. Zeng, R. O. M. Mwanga, A. Khan, W. J. Gruneberg, and C. R. Buell.  2020.  Theor Appl Genet., 133(1):23-36. [Abstract]

CMTV-like ranavirus infection associated with high mortality of captive catfish-like loach Deng, L., Y. Geng, R. Zhao, M. J. Gray, K. Wang, P. OuYang, D. Chen, X. Huang, Z. Chen, C. Huang, C. He, H. Guo, and W. Lai.  2020.  Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, doi.org/10.1111/tbed.13473. [Abstract]

Genetic diversity and conservation status of Helianthus verticillatus, an endangered sunflower of the southern United States.  Edwards, T. P., R. N. Trigiano, B. H. Ownley, A. S. Windham, C. R. Wyman, P. A. Wadl, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2020.  Frontiers in Genetics.

Dynamic Extreme Aneuploidy (DEA) in the vegetable pathogen Phytophthora capsici and the potential for rapid asexual evolution Hu, J., S. Shrestha, Y. Zhou, J. Mudge, X. Liu, and K. H. Lamour.  2020.  PLOS ONE. [Abstract]

The effect of habitat fragmentation on genetic diversity and differentiation: Fine-scale population structure of Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud).  M. A. Ony, M. Nowicki, S. Boggess, W. E. Klingeman, J. M. Zobel, R. N. Trigiano, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2020.  Ecology and Evolution.

Unraveling the Hexaploid Sweetpotato Inheritance Using Ultra-Dense Multilocus Mapping M. Mollinari, B. A. Olukolu, G. D. S. Pereira, A. Khan, D. Gemenet, G. C. Yencho, and Z. B. Zeng.  2020.  Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 10(1):281-292. [Abstract]

Genetic Variation for Biomass Yield and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Regrowth Vigor and Salinity Tolerance in Lowland Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Nayak, S.  2020.  Ph.D. Dissertation. [Abstract]

Genetic Diversity and Virulence Characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Cases of Bovine Mastitis.  Vaughn, J., R. D. Abdi, B. E. Gillespie, and O. Kerro Dego.  2020.  Microbial Pathogenesis.

Midgut metabolomic profiling of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) with field-evolved resistance to Cry1F corn Abdelgaffar, H., E. D. Tague, H. F. Castro Gonzalez, S. R. Campagna, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2019.  Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Insect Biochem Mol Biol. 2019 Mar;106:1-9. Epub 2019 Jan 7. [Abstract]

The evolutionary genetics of maize domestication: heritabilities, genetic correlations, constraint and selection C. J. Yang, L. F. Samayoa, P. J. Bradbury, B. A. Olukolu, W. Xue, A. M. York, M. R. Tuholski, W. Wang, L. L. Daskalska, M. A. Nuemeyer, J. D. J. Sanchez-Gonzalez, M. C. Romay, J. C. Glaubitz, Q. Sun, E. S. Buckler, J. B. Holland, and J. F. Doebley.  2019.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(12):5643-5652. [Abstract]

Low genetic diversity suggests the recent introduction of dogwood powdery mildew to North America C. R. Wyman, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, S. Boggess, T. A. Rinehart, A. S. Windham, P. A. Wadl, and R. N. Trigiano.  2019.  Plant Disease, Plant Dis. 103 (11): 2903-2912.