UTRF Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Tarek Hewezi

Using epigenetic information to understand plant-nematode interactions  Nationwide, soybean farmers are facing a serious adversary: a microscopic, parasitic worm that causes over a billion dollars in yield losses every year. As soybeans represent one of the largest agricultural commodities in the U.S., this parasite not only endangers soybean farms but poses a threat to agricultural… Read More

UTRF Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Oudessa Kerro Dego

A Tenacious Search for a Mastitis Vaccine Assistant Professor of Animal Science Oudessa Kerro Dego is on the cusp of developing a groundbreaking effective vaccine to control mastitis in farm animals, especially dairy cattle. Mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland, is one of the most common diseases of dairy cattle, mainly caused by Staphylococcus,… Read More

Greener Pastures at UT’s Beef and Forage Center

In search of greener pastures? Look no further than the University of Tennessee’s Beef and Forage Center. Gary Bates, professor and director of the UT Beef and Forage Center, and David McIntosh, coordinator of the Beef and Forage Center, have developed an improved, hardy foraging crop. Nearly every type of livestock grazes on a grass… Read More