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AgResearch & Extension

At 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, Department of Plant Sciences intend 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.


Discover Extension publications from Department of Plant Sciences faculty and staff.

Directory

Explore Plant Sciences faculty and their areas of research and programming.


PROGRAMS

Beef and Forage Center

UT Crops

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Horticulture

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT River Studio

FACULTY

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PROGRAMS

Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology

Omics Hub

Rachel Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Tennessee Master and Advanced Nursery Producer Program

UT Sustainable Nursery and Landscape

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Organic and Sustainable Crops

VOL Supported Agriculture CSA (VSA)

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

UT Commercial Vegetable

UT Crops

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Tennessee Master Gardener Program

UT Gardens

UT Horticulture

FACULTY


PROGRAMS

Athletic Research and Performance Center

Center for Athletic Field Safety – Coming Soon!

Master Turfgrass – Coming Soon!

Turfgrass Weeds

Weed Diagnostics Center

FACULTY


Programs

Herbicide Stewardship

Weed Diagnostic Center

FACULTY


UPCOMING EVENTS

AgResearch and Education Centers

Ten AgResearch and Education Centers support researchers, serve as experiential learning laboratories for students, and provide spaces for public education.

Student pick vegetables from the Organic Crops Unit's fields on a sunny summer morning

The East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center's Organic Crops Unit facilitates student internships and provides fresh produce to consumers.

Specialized Facilities

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.

Master Programs

Whether it be improving a cattle operation with better forage practices, advancing a horticulture hobby, or enhancing a green business, Plant Sciences offer a range of public educational programs.

Red beef cow stands in the middle of a hay field with wildflowers

Tennessee Master Beef Producer Program

Sun shines through Turfgrass with blades discernible in the foreground

Tennessee Master Turfgrass Grower Program (Coming Soon)

Shovel being stuck in the dirt with sprouts popping out around

Tennessee Master Gardener Program

A purple fencerow in the UT Kitchen Garden is lines with blooming flowers

Tennessee Master Horticulture Therapist Program (Coming Soon)

Centers

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.

Up close look at a green plant cell
Center for Agricultural Synthetic Biology
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Multiple hay bales sit under a blue sky
Beef and Forage Center
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female lacrosse players play on a turf field
Athletic Research and Performance Center
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A single poa annua weed stalk and seeds
Weed Diagnostics Center
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Racheff Chair of Excellence researches biotechnology, genomics, and ecology.

Programs

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.

Large leafy greens grow under a high tunnel as a farmer inspects his garden
Commercial Vegetable
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A bee feeds on a small yellow flower in the sun
Horticulture
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Three students talk over a 3 D map relating to a UT River Studio project
River Studio
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cotton plant with dark green leaves and clean white cotton buds
Crops
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Alfalfa with purple bloom
Forages
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Roses grow under a high tunnel on a sunny day
Sustainable Nursery & Landscape
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A field of young corn stalks stand in the sun
Herbicide Stewardship
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multiple sunflowers stand at the base of a cultivated hill under a fluffy white sky
Organic and Sustainable Crops
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Turfgrass grows under a blue sky
Turfgrass Weeds
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A couple holds hands in front of a bank taken over by kudzu

These plants shaped the lives of Tennesseans and their agricultural practices.