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We are upset by the violent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others. We also recognize the difficulty of being #BlackInNature like Christian Cooper. We condemn all racism & brutality; and we will uplift, follow, & amplify the voices of the black community.

-the EPP Diversity and Inclusion Committee


Upcoming Events

66th Annual Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens

Meeting of the 66th Annual Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens and the 51st Annual Statewide California Nematology Workshop will be held on Zoom this year. Register on Eventbrite!

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The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology provides leadership in the generation and dissemination of knowledge on insects, related arthropods, and plant and animal diseases that affect the quality of life of all Tennesseans. Our Department is the only academic unit in Tennessee with the mission and responsibility to provide basic and applied information on questions of plant diseases and insect related problems affecting plants, animals, and humans. Successful fulfillment of the mission requires a diverse complement of disciplinary expertise working in a highly integrated environment of teaching, research, extension, and outreach. Departmental programs focus primarily on solving problems within Tennessee, yet draw on information generated worldwide and, in turn, provide information that is useful throughout the world.


 EPP students have the opportunities to study a range of topics related to plant pathology, entomology and bioinformatics.

extension & outreach

UT Extension works with communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state and national levels.


UT AgResearch advances science in agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, and family and community sciences.


EPP strives to provide innovative, inclusive, high quality graduate education in the fields of entomology, plant pathology, and bioinformatics.


The mission of the Entomology and Plant Pathology (EPP) Department is to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food and fiber production, protect natural resources, and enhance the lives of all people in Tennessee and across the world.


Our vision is to be a recognized and innovative leader in discovery, education, development, and applications related to entomology and plant pathology.


We are committed to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive environment. We welcome students, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars, and others regardless of age, appearance, disability status, gender, gender identity, geographic background, marital/partnered status, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and all other characteristics that make each of us unique. We continually work to create an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of society in general. We aim to cultivate an environment built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect. We believe diversity brings together a wide range of abilities, experiences, perspectives, and world views that are crucial to enriching experiences and addressing challenging research questions.

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On January 20th, we celebrate International Day of Acceptance.This day celebrates social acceptance of all people living with a disability. Today you are challenged to tell the world you have social rights, an opinion, interest, and goals. According to the World Health Organization, one billion people (15% of our world population) are disabled. You make a difference in this world. You are not living disabled, you are living!Use #DayOfAcceptance #EPPTN to tell us what International Day of Acceptance means to you! ...
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Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, native to Atlanta, Georgia, lived by example and made monumental strides in humanitarian rights, reaching far beyond the civil rights movement. He fearlessly fought for civil rights and liberties of Black Americans in the face of oppression, ignorance, and violence. While wrongfully imprisoned in Birmingham, Alabama in April of 1963 for The Birmingham Campaign which included sit-ins, boycotts, and marches, the local newspaper published an open letter written by white clergymen titled “A Call for Unity”. This letter criticized Dr. King and fellow civil rights activists for their practice of nonviolent civil disobedience and questioned why an outsider, Dr. King, would come to Birmingham to spread his agenda. Dr. King responded with a “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” where he wrote of his awareness of the “interrelatedness of all communities and states” and went on to write, “I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As communities across our campus, state, and nation reckon with our prejudices and struggles, shared or not, Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire and motivate us that “we must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always right to do right.” ...
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Give a round of applause to the Jurat-Fuentes Lab and be sure to check out their Facebook page for more publications and updates! 👏👏👏 ...
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