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

Oct 15, 2021 October 15 - October 18

Tennessee Indian Education Pow Wow

October 15 - October 18
Oct 21, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

STRIDE for Staff

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Oct 21, 2021 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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.

News & Events

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Why wait until tomorrow when you can find out who the honey bees chose today? Ole Miss vs Tennessee Football 🏈 Who are you rooting for? 🐝#GoVols! #volfootball #VolNation #epptn ... See MoreSee Less
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In today's EPP seminar, Dr. Kevin Moulton presented on the phylogenomics and classification of #Dixidae (#diptera). Our students, staff, and faculty were able to dive into what dixids look like, their known distribution, and were introduced to the Dixidae team. Thank you Dr. Moulton for a great presentation! 👏#epptn #entomology #gradschool ... See MoreSee Less
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Dr. Zach Hansen stated that the 2021 hemp harvest has been completed. Fungicide efficacy results will be provided at a later date by Ph.D. student Rufus Akinrinlola. We cannot wait to hear about the results! UT Extension University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture 📸: Dr. Zach Hansen ... See MoreSee Less
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Tennessee Football reported that Saturday's game against Ole Miss is officially sold out! 🏈 Do you believe that our honey bees will root for #volnation again this week? Find out on Saturday at 10:00 AM EDT. 🍯 🐝 University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture #govols #beekeeping #honeybees🐝 #epptn #GoBigOrange #utfootball ... See MoreSee Less
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Take a look at the photos that were shared recently by one of our Ph.D. students, Shelly Pate. "That's a wrap on my 2021 cover crop -- soybean trial" Shelly stated. We cannot wait share more about your research! #soybean #soybeantrial University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture ... See MoreSee Less
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