Dharma Pitchay
Dharma Pitchay

Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences

Contact Information:
Office Location: 202M Farrell-Westbrook
Telephone: 615-963-4890
FAX: 615-963-1557
Email: dpitchay@tnstate.edu

Research Areas: 

Plant nutrition, sustainable organic farming, greenhouse/plasticulture production and tropical horticulture.

Most Significant Publications:

1. Pitchay, D.S. and Diaz-Perez, J.C. 2008. Is it possible to produce healthy organic herbal plug seedlings through different proportions of organic materials? Acta Hort. (ISHS) 782:215-222. http://www.actahort.org/books/782/782_25.htm

2. Pitchay, D.S., Jonathan M. Frantz and James C. Locke, Charles R. Krause and George CJ, Fernandez. 2007. Impact of Applied Nitrogen Concentration on Growth of Elatior Begonia and New Guinea Impatiens and Susceptibility of Begonia to Botrytis cinerea. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 132(2):193–201.

3. Díaz-Pérez, J.C., Silvoy, J., Phatak, S.C., Pitchay, D.S. and Morse, R. 2008. Organic Tomato Transplanting Production in Compost -Amended Substrate. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 782:241-244.

4. Frantz, J., Locke, J.C., Pitchay, D.S. 2007. Improving Growth of Calibrachoa in Hanging Flower Pouches. HortTechnology. 17(2): 199 – 204.

5. Frantz, J., Locke, J.C., Pitchay, D.S., Krause, C.R. 2005. Actual performance versus theoretical advantages of polyacrylamide hydrogel throughout bedding plant production. Hortscience 40(7):2040-2046.

6. Frantz, J., Pitchay, D.S., Locke, J.C., Horst, L., C.R. Krause 2005. Foliar Silica Deposition in New Guinea Impatiens. Plant Health Progress. Available:

7. Arora, R., Pitchay, D.S., and Bearce, B.C.1998. Water stress induced tolerance in geraniums leaf tissue:Evidence for cross adaptation. Physiol. Plantarum103:24-34.

8. James L. Gibson, Pitchay, D.S., Amy L. Rhodes, Brian E. Whipker, Paul V. Nelson, and John M. Dole. 2007. Nutrient Deficiencies of Bedding Plants: A Pictorial Guide for Identification with Corrective Procedures. Ball Publishing, Batavia Illinois, USA


Mineral Nutrition in Plants – graduate level course

Greenhouse Operation and Management – undergraduate


Developed and extended vegetables, ornamentals and tropical fruits best management cultural practices to growers.

Developed and extended cultural techniques of plant propagation and, nursery and greenhouse operation and management.

Outreach technical advisory services on fertility management of plantation crops such as coconut (Cocos nucifera), oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) & cocoa (Theobroma cacao).

Awards & honors:

Award 2007 from the USA President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

Brochure award for 2001 by the American Society of Horticultural Science for Outstanding Extension Publication

Leaflet award for 2001 by the American Society of Horticultural Science for Outstanding Extension Publication

Pi Alpha Xi, Honor Society of Horticulture.

Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture

Working Group Chair 2008 - Seed & Stand Establishment, American Society for Horticultural Science 


B. Agric. Sc. University of Agriculture, Malaysia
M.S. (Horticultural Sc.) West Virginia University
Ph.D. (Horticultural Sc.) North Carolina State University

Date joined staff: 2008

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