Tomatoes Research

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Answers to Farmersí Questions, 10/22/2016

In Knoxville, Meet Dennis Deyton, Department of Plant Sciences, 3/16/2016


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Soil Testing 
If youíre looking for a healthy garden or green grass, itís good to know the content of your soil. UT Extension offers inexpensive soil tests, and itís all done in a special lab in Nashville.

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Greenhouse Protected Agriculture 
More and more of the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown indoors.

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Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.


Recent Publications

Research and outreach on grafted tomatoes directed to non-commercial producers in the southeast.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2018.  HortScience, 53: SX.

Cherry tomatoes.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2018.  Tennessee Gardener.

Beauty is more than skin deep in these cherry tomatoes.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2018.  UT Gardens Plant of the Month.

Antibacterial activity of acidified sodium benzoate against Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes in tryptic soy broth and on cherry tomatoes Chen, H., and Q. Zhong.  2018.  International Journal of Food Microbiology, 274: 38-44.

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.

Grafted tomatoes.  Bumgarner, N. R.  2016.  Plant of the month.

The Tennessee vegetable garden: Tomatoes in the home garden.  Bumgarner, N. R., and B. Carver.  2016.  UT Extension W-346H.

Decontamination of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., and Listeria monocytogenes inoculated on cherry tomatoes by acidified sodium benzoate solution.  Chen, H., and Q. Zhong.  2016.  The 2016 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 16-19, Chicago, IL. Paper #E10-001.

Essential Oil Disinfectant on Appearance and Composition of Organically Grown Tomatoes.  Perkins-Veazie, P., S. Gorman, J. Davis, D. Ducharme, A. L. Wszelaki, and F. Critzer.  2016.  HortScience, 51(9): S250.

Utilization of Emulsified clove bud oil and thyme oil to inactivate Salmonella on cherry tomatoes and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on baby spinach.  Gann, L., M. Harness, P. M. Davidson, Q. Zhong, and F. Critzer.  2015.  The 2015 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection, July 25-28, Portland, OR. Paper #P3-210.

Disinfection Methods to Mitigate Food Safety Risks Associated with Contaminated Irrigation Water on Drip-irrigated Tomatoes.  Gorman, S., L. Gann, A. L. Wszelaki, F. Critzer, and J. R. Buchanan.  2015.  Journal of Food Protection, Supplement A, 78:280, Portland, OR, July 25-28, 2015.

Abscisic acid increases carotenoid and chlorophyll in leaves and fruit of two tomato genotypes.  Barickman, T. C., D. A. Kopsell, and C. E. Sams.  2014.  Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 139(3):261-266. [Abstract]