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Personnel

Burton C. (Burt) English
Professor
Production Economics

Kimberly D. Gwinn
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology

Darrell D. Hensley
Extension Specialist III
Plant Pathology

Events

Vonore Switchgrass Conference: The Great Experiment, 3/13/2017

 

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12 mentions

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



3 mentions

Biofuel 
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.

Efficiency of spaced-plant selection in improving sward biomass and ethanol yield in switchgrass.  Sykes, V. R., F. L. Allen, A. C. DeSantis, A. M. Saxton, H. Bhandari, D. R. West, E. W. Hughes, and M. E. Bobbitt.  2017.  Crop Science, 57 (1): In press.

A Principal Component Analysis in Switchgrass Chemical Composition Aboytes, M., K. Castillo, T. E. Yu, C. Boyer, B. C. English, J. A. Larson, L. M. Kline, and N. Labbe.  2016.  Energies, 9, 913.

Genomic Variation Analysis of Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) NAM (Nested Association Mapping) Parents.  Ali, Shahjahan, M. Saha, L. Bartley, D. Serba, and H. Bhandari.  2016.  Proceedings, Crop Science Society of America, Annual Meeting (6-9 Nov, 2016), Phoenix, AZ.

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.

Effect of biochar on nutrient release and retention in container crops.  Basiri, N., F. R. Walker, A. Fulcher, and J. Altland.  2016.  Proceedings of Southern Nursery Association meeting. Athens GA. August 29 to 31, 2016.

Hybridization of downregulated-COMT transgenic switchgrass lines with field selected switchgrass for improved biomass traits Baxter, H., L. W. Alexander, M. Mazarei, E. Haynes, G. B. Turner, R. W. Sykes, S. R. Decker, M. F. Davis, R. A. Dixon, Z. Y. Wang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Euphytica.

Optimized transgene overexpression of miR156 leads to significatn gains of field-grown biomass and biofuel in switchgrass.  Baxter, H., M. Mazarei, A. Dumitrache, J. Natzke, M. Rodriguez, Jr., J. Gou, C. Fu, R. W. Sykes, G. B. Turner, S. R. Decker, M. F. Davis, S. Brown, B. H. Davison, Z. Y. Zhang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Time course field analysis of COMT-downregulated switchgrass: lignification, recalcitrance, and rust susceptibility Baxter, H., M. Mazarei, C. Fu, K. Cheng, G. B. Turner, R. W. Sykes, M. T. Windham, M. F. Davis, R. A. Dixon, Z. Y. Wang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2016.  BioEnergy Research.

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.

Bioactive chemicals extracted from switchgrass have antimicrobial properties.  Bruce, A.  2016.  M.S. Thesis.

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, 106 (Suppl. 4):S4.50. American Phytopathological Society annual meeting, July 30-August 3, 2016, Tampa, FL.