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Groups and Facilities

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Insect Physiology 
Studying the physiology of the insect gut and characterizing its interactions with invading microbes.


Of Microbes and Men, 2/11/2014



Faculty 360 | John Munafo, 7/12/2017

Faculty 360 | Meg Staton, 2/24/2016


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Crab Lab 
Though crabs are disappearing along America’s coasts, research in land-locked Tennessee could help. Students in Biosystems Engineering have designed a project to replenish crab populations.


Recent Publications

Potential of acidified sodium benzoate as an alternative wash solution of cherry tomatoes: changes of quality, background microbes, and inoculated pathogens during storage at 4 and 21 ℃ post-washing.  Chen, H., Y. Zhang, and Q. Zhong.  2017.  The 2017 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 25-28, Las Vegas, NV. Paper #P03-049.

Host animal genetic influence in rumen microbial community establishment in cows Clemmons, B. A., J. T. Mulliniks, D. R. Donohoe, and P. Myer.  2016.  UT Beef and Forage Center Graduate Research and Poster Symposium, UT Beef and Forage Center Annual Research and Recommendation Meeting. Knoxville, TN. [Abstract]

The Dead and Their Microbes.  DeBruyn, J. M.  2016.  Microbe Magazine 11(3): 119-124.

Bone-associated microbes: Implications for the long-term stability of bone in terrestrial systems.  Keenan, S. W., A. L. Emmons, A. Z. Mundorff, J. M. Davoren, and J. M. DeBruyn.  2016.  Geological Society of America. Denver, CO Sept 25-28, 2016.

Monitoring Presence of Shiga Toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC), Salmonella and Indicator Microbes within Rainwater Catchment Systems.  Smith, D., S. Gorman, B. G. Leib, M. Zheng, A. L. Wszelaki, and F. Critzer.  2015.  Journal of Food Protection, Supplement A, 78:122, Portland, OR, July 25-28, 2015.

Microbial communities biostimulated by ethanol during uranium (VI) bioremediation in contaminated sediment as shown by stable isotope probing.  Leigh, M. B., P. Jardine, et al.  2014.  Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, Springer Science, June 2014, 2095-2201 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11783-014-0721-6. [Abstract]

Modeling physiological responses of soil microbes to drought.  Manzoni, S., J. P. Schimel, S. M. Schaeffer, G. Katul, T. Katterer, G. Agren, and A. Porporato.  2014.  Ecological Society of America Meeting, Sacramento, California.

Effect of the nitrogen extender Agrotain(TM) on soil nitrogen cycling microbes.  Stevens, J., S. M. Schaeffer, and J. M. DeBruyn.  2014.  American Society for Microbiology, Texas Branch Meeting, New Braunfels, TX, April 3-5, 2014..

Modeling physiological responses of soil microbes to drought.  Manzoni, S., G. G. Katul, A. M. Porporato, S. M. Schaeffer, and J. P. Schimel.  2013.  American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco.

Gastrointestinal Microbes Do Not Influence Digestive Efficiency in African House Snakes (Boaedon fuliginosus).  Peterson, C., J. Ortega, S. H. Park, I. B. Hanning, J. Hill, and S. Beaupre.  2013.  Invited Oral Presentation, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Albuquerque, NM. July 10-15.

Developing and evaluating the impact of a train-the-trainer model for effectively disseminating food safety education to middle school students.  Richards, J. K., C. E. Pratt, G. J. Skolits, and J. L. Burney.  2012.  Journal of Extension, 50(4). [Abstract]

The Aqueous Complexation Of Metals In The Rhizosphere: Do We Know What We Think We Know?.  Essington, M. E.  2006.  Abstracts of the 18th World Congress of Soil Science on CD, July 9 - 15, 2006, International Union of Soil Science. [Abstract]