Invasive Research

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Elizabeth A. (Beth) Long
Extension Area Specialist III
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey

Neelam Chandra Poudyal
Associate Professor
Natural Resource Policy and Human Dimensions

José J. (Javi) Vargas
Research Associate II
Horticultural & Invasive Weed Management

Jacqueline C. (Jacqui) Whittemore
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine

Groups and Facilities

(1 mention)

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



New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

New report tracks 20 years of invasive species growth, 5/27/2014


(1 mention)

River Cleanup 
Agriculture students worked to clean up the Tennessee River and some of its tributaries of plant growth and trash.

(1 mention)

Weed Progress 
Weeds are a nuisance to gardeners, but downright devastating to those who farm for a living. But now experts and farmers say the worst may be behind us.


Recent Publications

Using groundcover to Outcompete Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea ) without outcompeting tree seedlings on a legacy mine site.  Aldrovandi, M., and J. A. Franklin.  2018.  Proceedings of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, St. Louis, MO, June 3-7, 2018. [Abstract]

Positive selection on sociobiological traits in invasive fire ants E. Privman, P. Cohen, A. Cohanim, O. Riba-Grognuz, D. D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller.  2018.  Molecular Ecology, 27(15): 3116-3130. [Abstract]

When natives become invasive: population genetic signatures following range expansion in members of thousand cankers disease complex.  Gazis, R., S. Everhart, A. Graves, and Z. Kamvar., R. N. Trigiano, S. Seybold, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2018.  International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP), Boston, MA.

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]

Spotted lanternfly, a new invasive pest in the U.S.  Hale, F. A.  2018.  The Firefly: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society, October 4-5.

Modeling a single season of host-seeking Aedes albopictus populations in response to temperature and precipitation in eastern Tennessee Nance, J, R. T. Trout Fryxell, and S. Lenhart.  2018.  Journal of Vector Ecology, 43(1): 138-147. [Abstract]

Surveillance of ticks parasitizing Tennessee beef cattle and implications for future surveillance programs Theuret, D. P., and R. T. Trout Fryxell.  2018.  Journal of Medical Entomology, 55(6): 1517-1526. [Abstract]

Association mapping, transcriptomics, and transient expression identify candidate genes mediating plant–pathogen interactions in a tree W. Muchero, P. Ranjan, et al.  2018.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [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.

Invasive Green Tree Frogs (Hyla cinerea) Have the Capability of Translocating an Emerging Pathogen in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Cusaac, J. P., E. D. Carter, J. A. Spatz, D. L. Miller, and M. J. Gray.  2017.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium, Gatlinburg, TN..

Informed stakeholder support for managing invasive Hydrilla verticillata linked to wildlife deaths in a southeastern reservoir Fouts, K. L., N. C. Poudyal, R. Moore, J. Herrin, and S. B. Wilde.  2017.  Lake and Reservoir Management, 33 (3): 260-269.

Recovery Trends and Predictions of Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Dynamics in the Southern Appalachian Mountains Kaylor, S., J. Hughes, and J. A. Franklin.  2017.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47(1): 125-133. [Abstract]