Institute of Agriculture News

UT Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture Earn Carnegie-Engaged Designation

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UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture have earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs. The prestigious Carnegie engagement classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community. UT joins a group of fifty-two universities with the “very high intensity” research classification and the engaged status designation. Fewer than half of the universities in Carnegie’s “very high intensity” research classification have achieved engaged status.

Birds May Have Sensed Severe Storms Days in Advance

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Numerous media outlets including National Geographic, the BBC, and Newsweek featured a study by researchers within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries that found that gold-winged warblers detected a deadly storm and flew south—an ability never before documented in birds. The study is published in the academic journal Current Biology.

UT researchers create kit to detect disease

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WATE-TV‘s Lori Tucker talked with Jayne Wu, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, and Shigetoshi Eda, associate professor in the Institute of Agriculture Center for Wildlife Health within the Department of Forestry, about their development of an innovative disease detection technology. The technology is closer to mass production.

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Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

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For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

UT Farmers Market Helps Feed Knoxville’s Hungry

Catherine XX, daughter of Institute of Agriculture Employee Donna Eason-Pile; Jean Hulsey; and Drew Hulsey work at the Grow More, Give More tent at the UT Farmers Market.

Each week hundreds of East Tennesseans visit the UT Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, local food, and enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities. The Farmers Market is broadening its reach through Grow More, Give More, a partnership between the Institute of Agriculture and the Society of St. Andrew aimed at feeding Knoxville’s hungry neighbors and reducing food waste.