Plant and Soil Science

We offer at the undergraduate level a major in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in plant and soil science and specializations in agronomy and horticulture. The concentration in plant and soil science provides excellence in learning, research, and engagement in the production of food, fiber, turfgrass, and ornamentals, and stewardship in the use of the soil, water, and other environmental resources. Students in this concentration/specializations can minor in a number of areas and take advantage of excellent opportunities in research and internships. Since the faculty to student ratio is low, students receive outstanding advisement on coursework and career planning.

Teaching and Research

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is fortunate to have outstanding facilities, including well-equipped teaching, research, and computer laboratories, high-tech twenty-first century classrooms, state-of-the-art greenhouses and plant growth chambers, library holdings, pleasant areas for students to study and socialize, and three farms with more than 300 acres for research and hands-on experiences. We are also fortunate to be strongly allied with state and federal agencies, private industry, and other educational institutions that enhance our teaching, research, and job placement capabilities.

For more information contact Mr. W. Hayslett (Plant Science) or Dr. Desh Duseja (Soil Science).

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B.S. in Agricultural Sciences       with concentration in Plant and Soil Science

M.S. in Agricultural Sciences       with concentration in Plant and Soil Science



Genetic Assessments of Cotton Chromosome Substitution Lines Identified for Nutritional Quality Seed Traits

Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits: Molecular Probe into the Genomes of Erwinia tracheiphila, the Wilting Pathogen of Melon, Cucumber and Squash

Promoting Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp) Production for Limited Resource Farmers of Tennessee as a Food, Forage and Soil Improving Cover Crop

Development of Organic Management Practices in Vegetables for Minority Farmers in Tennessee

Germplasm Enhancement in Soybean Using Chemical Mutagenesis

A Study on the Epigenetic Mechanism for Abiotic Stress Tolerance Traits in Plants

Chemical Ecology of Ambrosia Beetles Attacking Nursery Trees

Management of Invasive Non-Indigenous and Key Insect Pests in Nursery Crops 

Identification of Plant Endophytes for Plant Protection Against Fungal Diseases, Pests and Environmental Stresses

Experimental and Modeling Study of Switchgrass Productivity and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Climate Change and Nitrogen Application

Economic Assessment of Short Rotation Woody Biomass for Bioenergy

Coupling Phytoremediation with Grasses to Fly Ash Cleanup and Biofuel Feedstock Production

An Enhanced Study of Climate Warming on Soil Organic Carbon Transformation Using Integrated Data-Model Approach

C4 Gene Manipulation and Climate Change Adaptation in Grain Amaranth via Biotechnology Breeding

Evaluating Forest Harvesting Logistics Factors to Develop Efficient Supply Chain Logistics in Tennessee

Increasing Agroforestry Based Ecosystem Services Through Intercropping of Loblolly Pine and Switchgrass

Evaluating the Opportunity of Forest-based Woody Biomass in Tennessee

Genomics and Genetics of C4/C3 Plant Differences and Development of New Crops


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