Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
Office Location: 106B Lawson Hall
Higher Education teaching and research: Soil and Environmental/Water Quality; Agronomy; Weed Control; No-till Agriculture; Fate of organics and heavy metals in the soil; International capacity.
Grant-proposals/Projects Submitted/Funded as Principal Investigator (PI):
D. Duseja, PI. 2015. A No-tillage Mixed Cover crops Approach to Ameliorating Near-surface Water Restrictive Traffic Layers in Loess Capped Soils. USDA/NRCS. 2 Years.
D. Duseja, PI. 2015. Investigating Field Performance of two Selected Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp) Varieties in Middle Tennessee. Agronomic Science Foundation. 3 Years.
Duseja, D. Promoting Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L. Millsp) Production for limited resource farmers of Tennessee as a food, forage and soil improving cover crop, 2013 -2016. USDA/NIFA.
Duseja, D. Evaluation of diverse biopesticide treatments and n and p regimes to control insect pests and diseases in container nursery stock and to improve water quality. 2009-2012. USDA/CSREES, Co-PI.
Developing pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan l. Millsp) as a viable cash crop on small farms through research and outreach; Co-PI; 2009-2012, USDA/CSREES.
Duseja, D. 2006. Development and Implementation of an Environmental Sciences Baccalaureate Academic Concentration at Tennessee State University. USDA/CSREES. $199,753.
Duseja, D. 2004. Exploring Feasibility of Integrated Nutrient Management (INMS) Module for Sustainable Production of Vegetables by Limited Resource Farmers. USDA/CSREES. USDA/FAS. $10,628.
Duseja, D. 2004. Persistence of triclopyr (3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid) in soil: Fescue Selectivity and Adsorption/Desorption. USDA/CSREES.
Friskics, Scott, Duseja, Desh R; Frank Finley; Doug Stevens; Jim Hafer; Idassi, Joshua; Odemari Mbuya; Dennis, Samuel O.; Sunil Pancholy; Jennifer Taylor. 2002. 1994-1890 Water Quality Collaboration Network Planning Project. 1994-1890 water quality planning grant. USDA/CSREES. Co-PI.
Duseja, D. 2002. Soil persistence of triclopyr (3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid) and its effect on tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea schreb) germination and weed control. The Cooperative Agricultural Research Program. USDA/CSREES. 3-year grant.
Studies on the soil and pesticide interactions in nursery soils, soil mixes, and various soil separates. 1999-2002. USDA/CSREES; 3-year Grant.
Modeling Pesticide Persistence and Movement in the Orchard Soils of the United States and Nepal. Submitted, 2001. USDA/FAS.
Introducing Natural/Environmental Sciences Curricula at Tennessee State University. Submitted, 2000. USDA/CSREES.
Studies on the soil and pesticide interactions in nursery soils, soil mixes, and various soil separates. 1999-2002. USDA/CSREES; 3-year Grant. Amount Funded $179,000.
Soil Science Scholarship Program. USDA/NRCS. 1998-2002. 4-year Grant. $26392.
1996-98 (2-year). Tillage and Nitrogen/Phosphorus dynamics in soil. Variable each year; total approx. $ 100,000. USDA/CSRS.
1995-97 (2-year) (Teaching). Strengthening of Soil Undergraduate Education at Tennessee State University. $179,000. USDA/CSRS.
1993-96 (3-yr): Field-plot evaluation of two soybean tillage systems: Rate and Timing studies. Variable each year; total approx. $100,000. USDA/CSRS.
1991-93 (2-yr): Influence of soil tillage on soybean potassium response and soil properties. Variable each year; total approx. $100,000. USDA/CSRS.
1989-91 (2-yr): Soybean Response to Conservation Tillage and Residual Potassium. Variable each year; total approx. $100,000. USDA/CSRS.
1985-89 Fertilizer Response in a Conservation Tillage System. USDA/CSRS.
1978-85. Use of Farm Manure and Sewage Waste as Soil Amendments in the Growth of Two Species. USDA/CSRS.
1977-82. Herbicide Performance and Efficiency Under Conventional and No Tillage Soybean Systems. USDA/CSRS.
1980. Assisted in proposal development for strengthening TSU's capability for initiating and implementing IFAD programs; resulted in grant award of $ 500,000 for a 5 year period. USDA/CSRS.
1974-77. A Study of Possible Pesticide Pollution from Agricultural Sources. USDA/CSRS.
1972-74. The Influence of Herbicides on Soil and Water Quality. USDA/CSRS.
Most Significant Publications:
Chih-Li Yu, Dafeng Hui,* Trevor Johnston, Kadijah Porter, Camerra Miller, Desh Duseja, and Fisseha Tegegne. Field Performance and Yield of Four Pigeonpea Varieties in Middle Tennessee. Agronomy Journal 106 (6), 2014.
Corie Wilson, Dafeng Hui, Emeka Nwaneri, Jun Wang, Qi Deng, Desh Duseja, Fisseha Tegegne. 2012. Effects of planting dates, densities, and varieties on ecophysiology of pigeonpea in the Southeastern United States. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, PP.147-152 Vol.3 No.2.
ChihLi Yu, Dafeng Hui, Trevor Johnston, Kadijah Porter, Corie Wilson, Camerra Miller, Suping Zhou, Desh Duseja and Fisseha Tegegne, 2014. Ecophysiological Performance, Growth and Yield of Four Pigeonpea Varieties Under Different Planting Dates and Densities in the Southeastern US. Paper submitted, American Society of Horticultural Science, Abstract #18793.
Corie Wilson, Dafeng Hui, Emeka Nwaneri, Jun Wang, Qi Deng, Desh Duseja, Fisseha Tegegne. 2012. Effects of planting dates, densities, and varieties on ecophysiology of pigeonpea in the Southeastern United States. Pure Appl. Bio., 1(2):33-39.
Tegegne, F., E. Ekanem, S. Singh and D. Duseja. 2012. Pigeon pea: High Value crop for small farmers (with emphasis on economic issues). Presentation made at the 77th Annual conference of the Association of Social and Behavorial Scientists.
Tegegne, F., S. P. Singh, D. Duseja, E. Ekanem and R. Bullock. 2012. Pigeon pea as a Niche Crop for Small Farmers. Jr. Food Distribution Research. Vol. 43:1, p 90-95.
Duseja, D. and S. Dennis. 2010. Long-term effects of two tillage systems on soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merrill) (var. Forrest) production, soil properties and plant nutrient uptake. Paper presented, 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia. August 1-6, 2010.
Duseja, D. and S.O. Dennis. 2009. Applied Down-well camera technology: Inspecting water well. Paper presented, 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, ABSTRACT, New Delhi, India.
Dennis, S. O., D Duseja, P. Vendrell and A. Wade. 2008. Monitoring water wells in Middle Tennessee with down well camera technology. In Proceedings of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration. Vol 5.
Desh Duseja, D. and G. Kriner. 2006. Fortified Water and Soils Extraction-Efficiency of Triclopyr (3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid) with four Organic Solvents. World Congress Soil Science WCSS, Philadelphia. July 9-12. Abstract.
Dennis, S. O. and D. Duseja, N. Martin and J. Idassi. 2005. Lesson learned from a water quality survey in an under-served community. Abstract. Southern Region Water Quality Conference. Lexington KY. October 23-26.
Duseja, D. and H. Siffrard. 2005. Factors Affecting Triclopyr (3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid) Soil Adsorption. Published Abstract: International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analyses, CANCUN MEXICO, January.
Duseja D. and B. Sheshachala. 2003. Modified Procedure for Triclopyr (3, 5, 6-trichloro-2-pyridinyloxyacetic acid) Extraction from Laboratory Fortified Soil. Paper presented, International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analyses, South Africa.
Duseja, D. and William Martindale. 2002. A Simple Quantitative Chemical Recovery Method of Oxyfluorfen (2-chloro-1-(3-ethoxy-4-nitrophenoxy)-4-(trifluoromethyl) (Goal®) from Laboratory Fortified Soil and Water Samples. Communic. Soil Sci. and Plant Analysis. Vol. 33, No. 15-18, pp 2693-2703.
Duseja, D.R. 1998. Zero-Tillage Influence on soybean production, soil properties and nutrient uptake. Paper submitted for presentation: International Agronomy Congress, New Delhi India, November 23-27, 1998.
Duseja, D.R. 1991. A comparative study of the influence of two tillage systems on soybean production, soil properties and nutrient uptake. In T. C. Keisling (Ed.): Proc. 1991 South. Tillage Conf.
Duseja, D.R. and S.O. Osawaru. 1984. Four year no till studies on soybeans and wheat. Poster Paper, National Conservation Tillage Conference, Nashville, TN, Oct. 3 5.
Taylor, R.W., D.R. Duseja, and P.R. Thangudu. 1982. Heavy metal accumulation and movement in a sewage sludge amended soil. Abstr. No. 221, p. 37, 12th International Congress Soil Science. New Delhi, India.
Duseja, D.R. 1981. Soil dissipation of herbicides. Proceedings 8th Asian Pacific Weed Sci. Soc. Conf. Bengalore, India, Nov., pp. 487 490.
Taylor, R.W., P.R. Thangudu, and D.R. Duseja. 1981. The effect of sewage sludge and manure on soil available calcium, magnesium and potassium. J. Env. Sci. Health, Part A, Env. Sci. Eng. 16(6): 589 604.
Thangudu, P.R., R.W. Taylor, and D.R. Duseja. 1981. Available phosphorus status of an acid soil treated with sewage sludge and farm manure. J. Env. Sci. Health, Part A, Env. Sci. Eng. 16(6): 589 604.
Duseja, D.R. and H.V. Akunuri. 1980. Trifluralin soil behavior: persistence, movement and weed control. J. Env. Sci. Health, Part A, Env. Sci. Eng. 15(1): 65 99.
Duseja, D.R. and E. Holmes. 1978. Field persistence and movement of trifluralin in two soil types. Soil Sci. 125(1): 41 48.
AGSC 5110 Research Methods
AGSC 5120 Thesis Writing
AGSC 5180 Soil Classification
AGSC 5260 Soil/Plant Analysis
AGSC 5710/5720 Graduate Seminar
AGSC 5120 Thesis Writing
AGSC 2200 Fundamentals of Soil Science
AGSC 3220 Soil and Environmental Chemistry
AGSC 3230 Soil Morphology and Classification
AGSC 4210 Soil Physics
AGSC 4220 Advanced Soil Fertility
AGSC 4230 Soil and Water Conservation and Management
AGSC 4500 Senior Project
AGSC 4710/4720 Undergraduate Seminar
Awards and Honors:
2009. Session Organizer and Chair. A Topical Session entitled, "Management of Conservation Tillage and its Effects on Soil and Water”, Division S06 Soil & Water Management & Conservation; ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meetings Nov. 1-5, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA.
2004-Present. Member of the Southern Region Water Quality Group.
Distinguished Faculty Researcher Award. 2000. Tennessee State University, Nashville.
Session Chair. 1999. International Conference on Pest and Pesticide Management for Sustainable Agriculture.
Poster Prize Winner. 1999. International Conference on Pest and Pesticide Management for Sustainable Agriculture.
Session Chair: 1981; 8th Asia-Pacific Weed Sci. Soc. International Conf., Bangalore, India.
1972 Ph.D. Soil Science (Soil Chemistry ) and Biometeorology --- Chemistry minor. Utah State University ‑ Logan, Utah.
1963 M.S. ‑ Soil Science (Soil Chemistry) --- Animal Husbandry minor. Punjab Agricultural University ‑ Punjab, India.
1961 B.S. ‑ General Agriculture and Chemistry/Biochemistry --- Entomology minor. Punjab Agricultural University ‑ Punjab, India.
Date joined staff: 1972