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Burton C. (Burt) English
Production Economics

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Darrell D. Hensley
Extension Specialist III
Plant Pathology



12 mentions

Switchgrass Forage 
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.

3 mentions

A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.

3 mentions

Forage Research 
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.

1 mention

Southern Part. for Integr. Biomass Supply Systems 
The Southern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems

1 mention

Center for Renewable Carbon 
AgResearchers at UT are developing ways of converting renewable carbon sources from plants into fuels and other products

1 mention

Food vs. Fuel 
UT Ag Researchers are studying what could be a compromise between food and fuel.

1 mention

Biofuel Refinery Groundbreaking 
Many believe America must find new ways to create energy and fuel. UT recently started construction on a biorefinery to research the manufacture of biofuels from agricultural products.

1 mention

Biofuel Students 
Someday you could go to college and earn a degree in biofuel production. It's an academic major being developed at the UT Institute of Agriculture.


Recent Publications

Using a chelating agent to generate low ash bioenergy feedstock Edmunds, C. W., C. Hamilton, K. Kim, S. C. Chmely, and N. Labbe.  2017.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 96:12-18.

N-Difference method estimations and seed dormancy of common and hairy vetch when intercropped into established switchgrass stands.  Ashworth, A. J., K. S. Warwick, F. L. Allen, P. D. Keyser, G. E. Bates, D. D. Tyler, and P. L. Lambdin.  2016.  Forage and Grazinglands, In prep.

N2 fixation of common and hairy vetches when intercropped into switchgrass.  Ashworth, A. J., K. S. Warwick, F. L. Allen, P. D. Keyser, G. E. Bates, D. D. Tyler, and P. L. Lambdin.  2016.  Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, IN REVIEW.

Switchgrass composition and yield response to alternative soil amendments under intensified heat and drought conditions Ashworth, A. J., S. A. Weiss, P. D. Keyser, F. L. Allen, D. D. Tyler, A. M. Taylor, K. Beamer, C. West, and D. Pote.  2016.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

Impact of an Innovated Storage Technology on the Quality of Preprocessed Switchgrass Bales Boyer, C., T. E. Yu, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, N. Labbe, and L. M. Kline.  2016.  AIMS Bioengineering, 3(2): 125-138.

Switchgrass extractives inhibit plant pathogenic fungi.  Bruce, A., B. H. Ownley, J. Tao, N. Labbe, K. D. Gwinn, D. H. D'Souza, and N. Moustaid-Moussa.  2016.  Phytopathology.

Development of a rapid, low-cost protoplast transfection system for switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).  Burris, K. P., E. M. Dlugosz, A. G. Collins, C. N. Stewart, Jr., and S. Lenaghan.  2016.  Plant Cell Reports.

Multi-scale assessment of wildlife sustainability in switchgrass biofuel feedstock production.  C. Lituma, P. D. Keyser, C. Kwit, J. D. Clark, and E. Holcomb.  2016.  International Association for Landscape Ecology Bioenergy Conference, Asheville, NC, April 3-7, 2016 (10 present) INTERNATIONAL.

Co-firing switchgrass in a 60-megawatt pulverized coal-fired boiler: Effects on combustion behavior and pollutant emissions Cheng, L., X. Ye, B. C. English, D. Boylan, T. Johnson, and B. Zemo.  2016.  Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, Volume 38:3, 322-329.

Economic Analysis of Alternative Logistics Systems for Tennessee-Produced Switchgrass to Penetrate Energy Markets Chugh, S., T. E. Yu, S. W. Jackson, J. A. Larson, B. C. English, and S. Cho.  2016.  Biomass and Bioenergy, 85:25-34.

Pathogenicity and virulence of Alternaria alternata on ‘Alamo’ switchgrass.  Collins, S., and B. H. Ownley.  2016.  Phytopathology.

Field grown transgenic switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) with altered lignin does not affect soil chemistry, microbiology and carbon storage potential DeBruyn, J. M., D. A. Bevard, M. E. Essington, J. Y. McKnight, S. M. Schaeffer, H. Baxter, M. Mazarei, D. G. J. Mann, R. A. Dixon, F. Chen, C. Zhou, Z. Y. Wang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Global Change Biology Bioenergy.