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Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Plant Sciences.

We conduct academic, extension and research programs in agricultural and natural resource plant sciences, at facilities in Knoxville and several Research & Education Centers throughout Tennessee. >>Program Impacts

Scott Senseman Plant Sciences Newsletter Launched
Department head Scott Senseman has launced the first issue of the departmental newsletter, the Plant Sentinel.. More..

Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture Coalition for Sustainable Ag 2013 Census
January 2013, the Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce conducted a confidential survey among CSAW member companies to better understand their projected, near-term needs for hiring domestic agricultural scientists. More ..

John Sorochan Sorochan Wins Crowd Favorite Award!
Plant Sciences' John Sorochan was both the overall winner and recipient of the Crowd Favorite Award at the TVC Pitch Competition held by UT Research Foundation. Congratulations! More

Plant Sciences CASNR - Plant Sciences Outstanding Students
Awarded at the 2014 annual CASNR Awards were Outstanding Senior- Hannah Barry, Junior - Philip Hensley, Sophomore- Christopher Strano, Freshman - Samantha Flowers. Congratulations! More...

Charlie Hall Alumni Named America in Bloom President
Plant Sciences Alumni Dr, Charlie Hall is the new America in Bloom President. He received his B.S. in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from UT. More...

Renata Nave Anthony James Oakes New Arrival!
r. Renata Nave and her husband have a new addition as of February 25. Anthony James Oakes, born 7.7 lbs, 20.5 inches. Congratulations to Renata and young Anthony!

Feature stories change regularly   P a s t   s t o r i e s 

One of seven departments in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, we offer curricula leading to the:
     Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Plant Sciences
     Masters of Science degree with a major in Plant Sciences
     Doctoral degree with a major in Plants, Soils and Insects.

    Undergraduate concentrations include:
        Landscape Design
        Public Horticulture
        Turfgrass Science & Management
       bullet Organic Production
        Horticulture Science & Production

Graduate students may specialize in a wide variety of disciplines; see individual faculty pages for current research projects and faculty specialties. Concentrations for PhD students in Plant Sciences include:
    Crop Sciences
    Plant Improvement
    Plant Biotechnology
    Weed Biology

        Examples of jobs obtained by our graduates
        Current and recent graduate students
        Courses:   Undergraduate   Graduate

Our extension programs cover the areas of weed science, ornamental horticulture, turfgrass management, and the production of vegetables, fruit, cotton, cereals, grains and forage.

Our research programs also embrace these areas, with investigations covering the broad spectrum of molecular, genetic, physiological and field studies. We invite you to visit the homepages of our research and extension faculty to learn more about ongoing programs.

Calendar of Events
Plant Sciences Seminar Series
Plant Sciences Newsletters:
           Spring/Summer 2011
            Winter 2010
            Spring 2009
             Fall 2008

Undergraduate News
Position announcements
More department news >>

More sites:
       Botanical Oils
       UT Beef and Forage
       Master Gardener
       Organic Production
       Plant Research Center
       Garden Girls
       Gardening Tennessee
       Genomics Hub Lab
       Horticulture Weeds
       Herbicide Stewardship
       TN Protected Agric
       Turfgrass Science
       Turfgrass Weed Science
       UT Gardens
       UTIA Greenhouses
       Vegetable Production
       Weed Science
       Crops & Nursery
       Home Garden, Lawn
       Hort Business Info


Dept. of Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-7324
Fax: 865-974-1947

Dr. Scott Senseman
Department Head

East Tennessee
Research & Education Center

West Tennessee
Research & Education Center