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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

Eric Walker Eric Walker Joins Plant Sciences
Plant Sciences welcomes Dr. Eric Walker as our new Extension Tobacco Specialist at the Highland Rim Research and Education Center,

Smart Communirties Smart Communities Kickoff
2014-2015 Smart Communities Initiative (SCI) has officially kicked off.  UTIA/CASNR & CoAD faculty, students, and administrators went to Cleveland, TN Wednesday to attend a banquet that marked this milestone in SCI’s pilot year. More..

Dean Kopsell Jones Napa Valley Internship
Halee Jones did a unique internship in Napa Valley, CA. Halee worked with professional wine maker Daniel Benton learning pruning, pest management, bottling practices, and wine tasting More..

Neal Stewart Mazarai, Stewart Study Featured
First field study of COMT low lignin switchgrass published in PBJ Sept issue: Baxter et al., Plant Biotechnology Journal (2014) 12, 914-924. COMT photo chosen for journal cover More...

Natalie Bumgarner Welcome Natalie Bumgarner!
We welcome Natalie Bumgarner to Plant Sciences as our new Assistant Professor of Residential/Consumer Horticulture. Natalie joins us in October.

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:
         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
       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