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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



Center for Renewable Carbon is Lead for $15M USDA Grant, 9/28/2011


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

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.

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.

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.

Assessing multimetric aspects of sustainability: Application to a bioenergy crop production system in East Tennessee.  E.S. Parish, V. Dale, B. C. English, s. Jackson, and D. D. Tyler.  2016.  Ecoshere, 7(2):e01206. 10.1002/ecs2.1206.

Expanding the harvest window for switchgrass based on phosphorus and potassium remobilization.  J. L. Bacon, A. J. Ashworth, F. L. Allen, C. E. Sams, D. D. Tyler, W. E. Hart, and J. F. Grant.  2016.  Crop Science.

Biomass and forage/biomass yields of switchgrass as affected by intercropped cool and warm-season legumes.  K. Warwick, F. L. Allen, P. D. Keyser, A. J. Ashworth, and D. D. Tyler.  2016.  J. of Soil and Water Conservation.

Effects of dormant-season planting on switchgrass establishment and yield.  Keyser, P. D., A. J. Ashworth, F. L. Allen, and G. E. Bates.  2016.  Crop Science.

Dormant-season planting and seed-dormancy impacts on switchgrass establishment and yield Keyser, P. D., A. J. Ashworth, F. L. Allen, and G. E. Bates.  2016.  Crop Science, 56:1-10.

Investigating the impact of biomass quality on near-infrared models for switchgrass feedstocks.  Kline, L. M., N. Labbe, C. Boyer, T. E. Yu, B. C. English, and J. A. Larson.  2016.  AIMS Bioengineering.

Soil Carbon Dioxide Respiration in Switchgrass Fields: Assessing Annual, Seasonal and Daily Flux Patterns.  Lee, J., J. McKnight, L. Soro, A. C. Sherfy, D. D. Tyler, B. C. English, and Y. Kim.  2016.  Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.