At the UT Institute of Agriculture, UT AgResearch confronts grand challenges facing modern civilization as we feed, clothe, house, and heal an ever-growing population, while beautifying and caring for our environment. Modern problems require innovative science from UTIA experts. With multidisciplinary and public and private partnerships, the Department of Plant Sciences intends to discover these opportunities and create Real. Life. Solutions.
UT Extension provides a gateway to AgResearch as the outreach unit of UTIA. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state, and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture to the people of Tennessee. With an office in each of the state’s ninety-five counties, Extension helps Tennesseans improve their quality of life.
Find out how the Institute extends Real. Life. Solutions. to the thing we all have in common— YOU.
Explore Plant Sciences faculty and their areas of research and programming.
AgResearch and Education Centers
Ten AgResearch and Education Centers support researchers, serve as experiential learning laboratories for students, and provide spaces for public education.
The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center's Organic Crops Unit facilitates student internships and provides fresh produce to consumers.
Plant Sciences hosts a range of facilities supporting students, scientists, Extension professionals, industry members, and the public. These spaces are open, living classrooms, laboratories, and gathering spaces providing access to nationally recognized, cutting-edge programming.
Whether it be improving a cattle operation with better forage practices, advancing a horticulture hobby, or enhancing a green business, Plant Sciences offers a range of public educational programs.
Plant Sciences oversees multiple Centers engaged in research, which extend pragmatic solutions for pressing issues in agriculture. These also give opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in appreciable fields.
Racheff Chair of Excellence researches biotechnology, genomics, and ecology.
Extension coordinates multiple programs that bring research to the fields of our community partners. From riverbeds to backyards, Plant Sciences are always working to improve agriculture.
These plants shaped the lives of Tennesseans and their agricultural practices.