Institute of Agriculture News

UT Arboretum Society Plant Sale Is April 16

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Beaver Creek and Riverdale Nurseries from Knoxville, Sunlight Gardens from Andersonville, and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a selection of shrubs, trees, wildflowers, perennials, annuals, and edibles for sale during the UT Arboretum Society’s fiftieth annual Spring Plant Sale, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Claxton Rain Garden Completed as Part of Green Infrastructure Project

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The Claxton Rain Garden, a 3,500-square-foot space filled with more than 2,000 plants behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, captures and filters polluted stormwater while enhancing the campus landscape. The rain garden was one of several campus projects planned and executed last year through the Green Infrastructure Project.

UT Gardens Winter Film Series Begins Sunday

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If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday afternoons this winter, UT Gardens is presenting the monthly Sunday Horticulture Film Series beginning at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, with the documentary Symphony of the Soil by Deborah Koons Garcia.

University Receives $1 Million to Fight Childhood Obesity

A partnership between UT Extension, the Institute of Agriculture, and UT’s Nutrition Department is tackling our state and nation’s obesity problem. The USDA recently announced UTIA and UT Knoxville will receive a $1 million grant for this effort. It will be used to create a regional center to strengthen educational programming for low-income children and families.

Two with UT Ties Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has appointed as fellows two researchers with UT ties. The association is honoring C. Neal Stewart Jr. and Parans Paranthaman for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the UT Institute of Agriculture. He

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Researchers Receive $1.8 Million USDA Grant to Study Organic Dairy Production

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Over the years, organic dairy producers have expressed frustration over a lack of available information on forage production, which in turn, may have led to decreased profitability for their operations. Researchers with the Institute of Agriculture have received a $1.8 million grant from the USDA to conduct research on this issue.

UT Gardens to Host Howl-O-Ween for Pets

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The Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, sponsored by UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine, caters to dogs and dog lovers and will be held 1:00–5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 25, in the gardens on the Institute of Agriculture campus.

UT Team Receives Grant to Address Deadly Bat Disease

A UT team has received a federal grant to help combat a deadly disease affecting bats. The grant will be used to explore how the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome affects Southeastern bats during hibernation.