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Denita Hadziabdic Guerry Honored with Faculty Research Mentor Award

  The Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) is an annual event that showcases research and creative activities across all disciplines by currently enrolled undergraduate students in collaboration with a University of Tennessee, Knoxville or UTIA faculty mentor. This year, the 26th annual EURēCA event was held in person on April 25, 2022, in the Student Union Ballroom. During the event, students presented their individual, group, or classroom. The awards ceremony, hosted on May 2, 2022, recognized staff, faculty, and students across many disciplines. Dentia Hadziabdic Guerry, assistant professor within the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, is the winner of the Faculty Research Mentor Award. This award honors a faculty member that demonstrates what it means to

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Tsuruda Attends the 2022 Organic Farming and Gardening Field Day

  On April 28th, the 2022 Organic Farming and Gardening Field Day event was held at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (ETREC) Organic Crops Unit. UT faculty and staff, as well as other experienced personnel, gave presentations to the public on a variety of topics, ranging from alley cropping agroforestry for vegetable production to creating pollinator habitats in gardens. EPP Assistant Professor and Extension Apiculture Specialist Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda, one of the featured speakers at the event, engaged the participants with her pollinator jokes while informing them about science-based information to help create pollinator habits in their home gardens and farms. The importance of site preparation and the need for research on the nutritional value of different plant

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Herbert College of Agriculture Annual Awards

  “The mission of the Herbert College of Agriculture is to prepare students for careers in agriculture, natural resources, and other arenas. We recognize excellence of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters through our annual awards.” On April 22, 2022, the Herbert College of Agriculture recognized some outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni for their accomplishments at the annual award ceremony. We would like to recognize and thank two of the award winners, Drs. Terry Niblack and Alan Windham, for their valuable contribution to science. Distinguished Alumni Award – Dr. Terry Niblack is a distinguished graduate of the University of Tennessee, first with a double major B.S. (’76) in Horticulture/Agricultural Education and an M.S. (’82) in Entomology & Plant

Study Reveals High Genetic Diversity, Mutation, and Migration Rates of Bradford Pear

  Pyrus calleryana Decne. (Callery pear) is a deciduous tree native to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. It is a popular ornamental tree in the United States (US) with early spring blooms and vibrant fall color. There are at least 26 cultivars of P. calleryana available in the US of which “Bradford” is the most well-known. Open-pollinated P. calleryana escapees are becoming one of the most common invasive tree species in the eastern United States. Developing better management practices for invasive P. calleryana requires detailed knowledge about reproductive biology and genetic diversity of the species, however, little is currently known about genetic variability within those open-pollinated populations. We investigated genetic diversity and population structure of non-cultivated, escaped P. calleryana populations

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Julian Cosner Featured in 2022 Spring issue of Our Tennessee

  Doctoral candidate Julian Cosner has been featured in the 2022 Spring issue of Our Tennessee. In the article “Nipping it in the Bud”, Julian discusses his research and how he wishes to provide research-based information that helps farmers. Cosner is advised by Dr. Jerome Grant and has a concentration in Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest Management. To read more about Cosner and his work, visit https://our.tennessee.edu/2022/nipping-it-in-the-bud/.

Dr. Kimberly Gwinn and Dr. Darrell Hensley Celebrate 35 Years of Service

  On Monday, April 11, 2022, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will be honoring UTIA employees with 25 or more years of service. This year, Dr. Kimberly Gwinn and Dr. Darrell Hensley will both be honored at the UTIA Service Awards Reception as they each have 35 years of service. We would like to thank you both for your hard work and dedication. Congratulations on 35 years with UTIA! You both are a source of inspiration and motivation.

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Registration is Now Open For The 2022 TN Master Beekeeping Program Classes

Registration is now open for the 2022 TN Master Beekeeping Program classes! Whether you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or have been keeping bees for years, there is always new research-based information to learn. Please join us and help the bees by increasing your education to improve your beekeeping operation and decrease your losses. More information can be found here: https://epp.tennessee.edu/masterbee/. Due to the level of interest, please be patient when trying to register.

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EPP Professors Attend 2022 Joint ESA-SEB & APS-CD Meeting

  The 2022 Joint Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch (ESA-SEB) and American Phytopathological Society (APS-CD) Meeting took place both in-person and virtually March 26-30. With the meeting being held in-person and virtually, it provided members of the organizations the flexibility to attend. Two EPP professors, Dr. Jerome Grant and Dr. Zach Hansen attended the in-person conference, which took place at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Jerome Grant promoted “entomophagy using an entomological phenomenon: Brood x periodical cicada”. While at the conference, Dr. Grant also served as GamesMaster in the Entomology Games. He stated that the “games were wonderful, exciting and educational!” After twelve years as GamesMaster, these games were the last

A photo of the Kelly Lab Members at the Southern Division APS 2022 Meeting

The Kelly Lab Attends the 2022 Southern Division APS Meeting

The Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a scientific society that is committed to innovating plant pathology research. The Kelly Lab recently attended the 2022 Southern Division APS Meeting in Chattanooga, TN. This meeting was the 99th annual meeting held by the Southern Division. The students attended a career workshop, presented their research, and were able to meet with other fellow students and post-docs.