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


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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Dr. Alan Windham found this stinkhorn (phallus rubicundus) a few days after Ida passed through Tennessee. This fungus has a very unpleasant odor and is a part of the Phallaceae family.📸: Dr. Alan Windham#epptn #phallusrubicundus #stinkhorn #fungifriday ... See MoreSee Less
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The EPP DEI committee is hosting a Lunch and Learn on October 28th. Tune in as Mr. Ray Emanuel, executive director of the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, will be presenting. Mr. Emanuel has provided many opportunities for Native Americans living in Tennessee.Register in advance for this meeting:tennessee.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqdequqTIvE9I3pnT5XxJ28OmkxRuVdqpL ... See MoreSee Less
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Phytophthora blight is a common disease found throughout Tennessee. It primarily affects pumpkins, cucumbers, and other cucurbit vegetables. However, it can also infect a wide range of other hosts. For more information about Phytophthora blight management in Tennessee, visit: extension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/W1003.pdf. UT Extension University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture 📸: Dr. Zach Hansen#phytophthorablight #phytophthora ... See MoreSee Less
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ATTENTION: It's time for our next session in the At Home Beekeeping Series! 🐝 Please join us on 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟲, 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟲:𝟯𝟬-𝟳:𝟯𝟬 𝗣𝗠 𝗖𝗦𝗧 to hear Dr. Keith Delaplane (UGA) speak on the pollinating partnerships among bee species. Watch live on Zoom or Facebook www.facebook.com/LawrenceCountyextension, or watch the recording (posted for 2 weeks).#beekeeping #beekeepers #beekeepingwebinar ... See MoreSee Less
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