Amani Khalil Awarded “Judged Best Poster” from SSAWG Conference 2020!

Amani Khalil– Mani to her friends– recently won the poster competition at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) this past week in Little Rock, Arkansas. She competed against 36 other posters from other students, extension agents, and organizations. Mani is a Graduate Research Assistant and working on her MS. She is tackling the interaction between native perennials and pollinators and follows the mentorship of Dr. Laura Russo. We are very proud of your accomplishment, Mani. Please keep up the great work!!

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Marlo Black Awarded Undergraduate National Conference on Urban Entomology (NCUE) Scholarship!

Congratulations are in order for young Marlo Black who recently became the BS scholarship winner for the 2020 NCUE conference! In addition to her $1500 scholarship, Marlo is receiving complimentary registration for this year’s meeting in Mobile, AL where she will get to deliver her research paper during the main session at the conference. Marlo is co-advised by Dr. Rebecca Trout Fryxell, Dr. Karen Vail, and Jennifer Chandler. Along with her advisors, the rest of us in EPP are beyond proud and excited about Marlo’s accomplishment. Thank you for all that you do and congratulations!!

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New Paper on Relative Attractiveness of Ornamental Cultivars to Pollinators

Ornamental plants are generally considered to be less attractive to pollinating insects, but some varieties and cultivars are more attractive than others. Here we compare the relative attractiveness of different popular ornamental plants to flower-visiting insects and provide recommendations for more pollinator-friendly varieties. View the open-access article Please feel free to email Dr. Laura Russo with any questions concerning this project: lrusso@utk.edu

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New Paper on the Effects of Experimental Warming on Pollen Nutrition

In this paper, Dr. Laura Russo shows that experimental warming using Open Top Chambers (OTC) increases the lipid content of thistle pollen, with relatively minor effects on the associated community of insect pollinators. View the open-access article. Please feel free to email Dr. Russo with any questions concerning this project: lrusso@utk.edu

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EPP STUDENTS EXCELLED at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting; Nov. 17-20, 2019

ESA Meeting 2019 Faculty, post-docs, staff, and students from the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology participated in the Annual Entomological Society of America National meeting held in St. Louis, MO. Seven graduate students presented oral papers either in the Student Competition or in the invited Symposium. Swati Mishra, a PhD student working with Dr. Juan Jurat-Fuentes, co-organized two symposia, and three students were invited to speak in a symposium. Congratulations to two EPP students for winning first place in their individual student competitions. Rebecca Butler, a PhD student working with Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell, won 1st place for her study of ecological relationships of ectoparasites on rodents in western Tennessee. Matthew Longmire, an MS student working with Dr. Jerome

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Passing of Former EPP Faculty Charles Russel Patrick III

It is with deep sorrow we announce that we lost one of our own Nov. 20th, 2019. Before Russ (pictured left) worked for us, he was a part of the TN Department of Agriculture and primarily worked on cyst nematodes. He then happily moved onto our department and worked with all crops but had expertise on corn, soybean, and stored grain. When he wasn’t working, he was either messing with Ham radios or volunteering for the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. He eventually retired from our UT Extension Service and became a member of our Emeritus Faculty. He is survived by his wife, who he had been married to for 50 years (Pat Patrick), his daughter (Lynn Box), granddaughter (Addison Box),

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