Industrial hemp is a newly emerging agricultural market in Tennessee, but there is a need for more research, state-of-the-art tools, and methods of production to advance the industry. Julian Cosner, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is hoping to fill that gap by providing pest management strategies for Tennessee hemp growers. Continue reading
Graduate Student Spotlight: Matthew Longmire
Matthew Longmire grew up on his family farm in Clinton, TN, so it was no surprise that he became interested in research on agricultural systems. The fact that he can do this while incorporating another life-long fascination—bugs—is just the icing on the cake. Continue reading
Budke Receives NSF Collaboration Grant to Digitize Lichens and Bryophytes
Across the planet’s terrestrial surface lives a layer of organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Lichens and bryophytes are hosts to these cryptobiotic communities that play a critical role in stabilizing soil, preventing erosion, absorbing rainfall, and providing nutrients for the growing plants around them. This hidden life creates a critical miniature forest that serves as an important habitat for tiny animals and forms a “living skin” found throughout the world, from canyon deserts to polar icecaps.
UT and ORNL Researchers Develop Innovative New Image Analysis Workflow to Aid in the Battle Against Invasive Species
Invasive species—nonnative plants that take hold in new environments—decrease local biodiversity and causing significant economic loss. Recent studies estimate that the economic damages associated with invasive species in the United States have reached approximately $120 billion a year.
Researchers from the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and North Carolina State University have been working to improve a powerful tool in the battle against invasive plant species.
Recognitions, November 28
Students Get Silver Medal in International Synthetic Biology Competition
A group of six UT students won a silver medal for their performance in the 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Giant Jamboree, an international competition for students interested in synthetic biology.
The undergraduate students who represented UT are:
- Scott Dixon, of Franklin, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Brandon D. Kristy, of Knoxville, a sophomore in entomology and plant pathology
- Molly E. Landon, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Ralph B. Laure, of Smyrna, Tennessee, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering
- Karl D. Leitner, of Brentwood, Tennessee, a senior in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology
- Morgan T. Street, of Johnson City, Tennessee, a sophomore in chemical and biomolecular engineering