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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

Travel Awards Pease and Graveline Receive Awards!
Plant Science's Students David pease and T. J. Graveline received travel awards to the Longwood Gardens Graduate Student Symposium! Congratulations!

Larry Steckel Larry Steckel Cotton Researcher of the Year
Agricultural Industry leaders have bestowed the title of Cotton Researcher of the year to Plant Sciences"s West Tennessee Associate Professor Larry Steckel. Congratulations!

Tom Samples Tom Samples Wins Distinguished Service Award
The Tennessee Turfgrass Association awarded Plant Sciences' Dr. Tom Samples their distinguished service award! That award has also been renamed the Tom Samples Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations!

Virginia Sykes Sykes Featured in NAPB Newsletter
Plant Sciences' Viginia Sykes was featured in the Jan 16, 2016 edition of the National Assoc.of Plant Breeders newsletter in the student spotlight .More

Turf Program Turf Program Nearly Doubles in 2 Years
Plant Sciences Brandon Horvath and Scott Boyle are featured for the Turfgrass Program in the Knoxville News Sentinal on the growth of the program. More..

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 Science

        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 Club Plant Sciences Club

Plant Sciences Newsletters:  
   June/July 2015
   March/April 2015
    Publications 2014

    December 2014
    Sept.-October 2014
    June-July 2014
     April 2014
    Spring/Summer 2011
    Winter 2010
    Spring 2009
     Fall 2008

Undergraduate News
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More sites:
       Botanical Oils
       UT Beef and Forage
       Master Gardener
       Organic Production
       Plant Research Center
       Genomics Hub Lab
       Herbicide Stewardship
       TN Protected Agric
       Turfgrass Science
       Turfgrass Weed         Science
       UT Gardens
       UTIA Greenhouses
       Vegetable Production
       Weed Science
       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