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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

Jun 14, 2021 June 14 - June 18

Kids U: The Wild World of Bugs

June 14 - June 18
Jun 21, 2021 June 21 - June 27

Pollinator Week 2021

June 21 - June 27
Jul 05, 2021 All day

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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Check this out! A bee colony at a grocery store was saved. ...
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Kamon Reynolds of Tennessee's Bees is a wealth of knowledge on keeping bees healthy and thriving in Tennessee! Come learn from him and 35+ other dynamic speakers at this year’s Tennessee Beekeepers Association Fall Conference October 8 & 9, 2021. Kamon will be presenting : “How Summer Beekeeping Can Determine Winter Survival"; “You Can Raise Queens-with Kent & Kamon"; and “The Kent, Kamon & Randy Show. An Expert Panel Discussion”Kamon has been keeping bees in North Central Tennessee for 18 years and keeps over 300 Hives, with his wife Laurel, fulltime. Kamon and Laurel also have filmed hundreds of educational videos to help new and veteran beekeepers around the world keep their bees successfully.Though Kamon does 99.9% of the talking, Laurel has been Beekeeping for 13 years, was a Beekeeper prior to their marriage, and is an invaluable part of their Business Tennessee’s Bees LLC. Tennessee’s Bees specializes in quality Bee Genetics, Pure Tennessee Honey, and Honeybee Education. Their videos can be found on is now open: Click on the EVENTS tab at the top of the page: ...
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“Don’t eat cicadas if you are allergic to seafood.” - A warning has been issued by the FDA.• Dr. Jerome Grant, one of our amazing professors, has been featured in the “Washington Post”! Grant noted in this article that all insects are classified in the phylum Arthropoda which also include shrimp, lobsters, and other seafood. Therefore, “if you are allergic to one, there’s a chance you can be allergic to both. It’s better to be safe.” The article link is below for your convenience. Michael Kropiewnicki ...
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If you missed the last Stay At Home Beekeeping, it’s available for one more week! ...
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