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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

David Songstad Hammitt Part of Wimbledon History
Plant Sciences Turfgrass student Ryan Hammitt traveled to Great Britain where he was the only American on the Wimbledon grounds staff. More

David Pease Pease Fellow Public Horticulture
David Pease, MS, has been awarded a Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture! Congratulations!

Brad Collett Brad Collett Named Quest Scholar
Plant Sciences Brad Collettt has been named UT Quest Scholar of the Week. Collett will be teaching at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia during the spring 2016 semester.

Brad Collett Brad Collett Outstanding Teacher
Plant Sciences Brad Collettt has been awarded the W. F. & Golda Moss Outstanding Teaching Award at the CASNR awards ceremony with less than 10 years of service!

Plant Sciences Outstanding Students Plant Sciences Outstanding Students
Plant Science's junior Calvin Mitchell, sophomore Robert Sears (pictured), freshman Joseph Shelton and senior Nicole Talley were named CASNR Outstanding Students!

David Songstad Songstad Names Distinguished Alumni Speaker
Plant Sciences alumni David Songstad, Director of Biology at Cibus, was named the 1st Annual Distinguished Alumni Speaker award at the Plant Sciences weekly seminar..

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 2016 
September/October 2015

   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
Position announcements
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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