The Entomology and Plant Pathology Department was saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Carroll J. Southards on January 2, 2019. Dr. Southards joined the department (previously called Ag Biology) in 1965 as an assistant professor in Nematology. In 1974, Dr. Southards became head of the department of Ag Biology and under his leadership, the departmental name was changed to the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. During Dr. Southards 20+ year tenure as department head, the department grew and flourished. Among his achievements were increasing diversity within the department and the development of departmental programs that assisted the citizenry of Tennessee. He also served as counselor to the President of the UT System from 1979-1981. Faculty, staff
Ratnasri Mallipeddi took first place in the student competition for President’s Prize for her presentation in the Physiology Biochemistry and Toxicology section 2 at the 2018 ESA, ESC, and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada. The title of her talk was “Biochemical and transcriptome characterization of the cellulolytic system in Thermobia domestica for identification of novel enzymes with industrial applications.” The presentation was co-authored by Brian Johnson, William Klingeman, Margaret Staton, and Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes. According to Dr. Jurat-Fuentes, “Ratnasri’s research has not only resulted in the discovery of a wide array of new plant cell wall degrading enzyme (PCWDE) genes from very primitive insects that may have applications to increase efficacy of ethanol biofuel production, but more importantly
Dr. Sean Ryan, a postdoctoral researcher in the EPP Department, Dr. DeWayne Shoemaker, and an international team of more than three dozen researchers published a paper highlighting the potential of citizen science to address pressing research challenges in agriculture and food systems. One key to capitalizing on such efforts, the researchers find, may be to build stronger ties between citizen science and agricultural extension efforts. A press article summarizing the article is here and a free copy (open access) of the original paper can be downloaded from the journal web site.
Dr. Zach Hansen published an article in the November 2018 National Plant Diagnostic Network newsletter. Grapevine leaf rust was observed for the first time in Tennessee in September 2018. The disease was found on grape seedlings at large box stores in several counties in middle and east Tennessee. Dr. Hansen suggests that growers, industry professionals, diagnosticians and extension personnel should be aware of the disease and should be on the lookout for it. For the full article, click here.
Emily Camfield is an undergraduate in Herbert College and works on a research project with Dr. Kimberly Gwinn. Emily started in the Gwinn lab as a high school junior. Congratulations, Emily!
Dr. Frank Hale, Alan Windham, and Mark Windham recently weighed in on the devastating effects of rose rosette disease in Knock Out roses in a recent article published in the Washington Post. See the full article here.
A tick survey study in Tennessee by Dr. Trout Fryxell and graduate student David Theuret highlighted in Entomology Today. The study revealed that one in six cattle and at livestock monitoring locations in all regions of the Tennessee have ticks. For more details, please see summary article Tick Surveillance Project Offers Model for Monitoring Livestock. The original article can be found here.
Frank Hale and Alan Windham attended UT Turf and Ornamental Field Day on Thursday at the Plant Science farm on Alcoa. They averaged 50 persons for each of four presentations, which covered new and noteworthy insect pests and diseases such as emerald ash borer, boxwood blight, rose rosette and others. Over 500 turf and grounds maintenance professionals attended the field day.
Dr. Ernest Bernard is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award at Michigan State University, where he received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Department of Entomology. Congratulations to Dr. Bernard on receiving this award! Read the full story here.
Frank Hale and Alan Windham updated horticultural pesticide dealers from the Eastern U.S.A. on current topics in ornamental entomology and plant pathology, June 5th and 6th at the Indigo Hotel in Nashville. Companies represented in the training included: BASF, Southern AG, Helena, BWI, BFG, Winfield