The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

Our mission is to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food
and fiber production, protection of natural resources and the lives of all the people in Tennessee and across the world.



Master Beekeeper courses are hosted by county Extension offices. Any of these courses will count towards TAEP requirements.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Master Beekeeping Program classes are currently on hold until we have updated university guidance and policies. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Scroll down and fill out the Interest Form to help us with future planning of classes.


In the meantime, please consider attending a free, online beekeeping series to continue learning about bees and beekeeping! UT Apiculture is proud to be a part of this team!

***We have reached our maximum for registration but you can still watch for free via the Lawrence County Extension Facebook page!

Are your Zoom meetings getting stale?

Is your house messy? Do you want to spark conversation about bees and beekeeping? If so, please click below to download some of Dr. Tsuruda’s  photos to use as your virtual background at your next Zoom meeting! (Downloading and Zoom instructions provided)


ASIAN GIANT HORNETS (Vespa mandarinia)

Anyone who believes they have seen an Asian giant hornet is encouraged to email photos to their local Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for identification through UT’s Distance Diagnostics program. So far, almost all submissions have been identified as European hornets, yellowjackets, or cicada killers – none have been confirmed as Asian giant hornets. However, we want to be sure we do not have any Asian giant hornets in the area so please email your photos to your Extension office (see below). You can also find posts about Asian giant hornets on EPP’s Facebook page (click HERE).



More questions about bees and beekeeping? Please contact your county Extension agricultural agent – click HERE to find your county office.


Interested in taking a Master Beekeeping Program class? Please fill out THIS INTEREST FORM to help guide us in where classes are needed.


Upcoming Events

  • Enjoy UT’s Field Days from the comfort of your home! The Milan No-till Field Day is going virtual this year! Please join us July 23 @ 8:00 am5:00 pm EDT. Click on the picture below for more information and a link to registration!


  • Dr. Tsuruda has been collaborating with her SEC colleagues to put on the Stay at Home Beekeeping webinar series for beekeepers! Please take advantage of this free webinar series and encourage your local beekeeping clubs to attend in place of regular, in-person monthly meetings. Hope you will bee there!


Recent Happenings

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Services 25th Annual Beekeeping Symposium – Clanton, AL February 1, 2020


  • American Beekeeping Federation Conference & American Bee Research Conference – Schaumburg, IL January 8-11, 2020
    Looking forward to hearing the latest in bee research and beekeeping and sharing a research study conducted in TN!


  • Extension Agent In-service Trainings
    Had a great time working with TN’s Extension agents! We are working on increasing assistance for beekeepers across the state!


  • Entomological Society of America Annual Conference – St. Louis, MO November 8-17-20, 2019
  • Dr. Tsuruda and Dr. Juliana Rangel (Texas A&M) are looking forward to the exciting symposium they have organized on the importance of advocating for research-based information for beekeepers. Great speakers from across North America presenting on topics with common misconceptions in the beekeeping world.

Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda

2505 E.J. Chapman Drive
207 Ellington Plant Sciences Building
Knoxville, TN 37996