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The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) provides instruction, research, and public service in agriculture and related areas to students, producers, and consumers in Tennessee and secondarily to the region, nation, and the world. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of life, increasing agricultural productivity and income, protecting the environment, promoting the economic well-being of families, and conserving natural resources for all Tennesseans.

The 120,000 sq. ft. Plant Biotechnology Building, now under construction on the UTIA campus, will include 60 new research laboratoriesarchitect's drawing of the new Plant Biotechnology Building on UTIA campus and associated support facilities. UTIA members of the BNPCE team, including any postdoctorate fellows, will be housed in this space upon its completion in 2003. Share laboratory space will house the necessary BNPCE-specific instrumentation. This state-of-the-art facility will be home to more than 100 scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and supporting staff from various disciplines. This environment will stimulate creative thinking and facilitate collaborative research.

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The UT Gardens, a 10-acre outdoor research laboratory and public garden located on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus, are able to support unique field trial testing of target (bioactive) crops. Greenhouses, experiment station field sites and other facilities can be used for production and testing of small to large volumes of desirable natural products under controlled and natural conditions.

Frank H. McClung Museum
The F.H. McClung Museum advances understanding and appreciation of the earth and its peoples through the collection, preservation, study, interpretation, and exhibition of objects and data. The McClung Museum and the Department of Anthropology maintain a research collection of several million artifacts collected during professional archaeological excavations of sites in Tennessee. These — along with the associated field notes, forms, analysis sheets, drawings, photographs, and correspondence — comprise a research base for southeastern Indian studies of international significance. The material forms one of the most important research collections in the eastern United States, and many of the objects rank among the finest examples of prehistoric Native American art.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) offers technical resources unmatched anywhere in the United States, and is known throughout the world for its well-established and well-supported programs of excellence in environmental science.

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The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 30 years of achievement in local, nPhotograph of scientist taking water samplesational, and international environmental research, assessment, and technology development. Scientists in the ESD conduct research in the environmental sciencesintegrating strengths in biogeochemistry, environmenal biotechnology, environmental chemistry, ecosystem studies, geosciences, hydrology, and environmental assessment; and in the microbial life sciences — emphasizing functional genomics and proteomics, complex biological systems, and biotechnology.

  • Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park

  • The Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park (NERP) is a 10,000-hectare facility located on land owned and controlled by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It offers a rich diversity of flora and fauna representative of Eastern deciduous forests. The NERP has been designated a Tennessee Wildlife Management Area, a unit of the Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve, and contains six registered State natural areas.

  • Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
    In ESD's Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, eight 22-meter long flow-through or recycling artificial streams are rated for use with radioisotopes to investigate nutrient cycling in simple stream systems and the uptake of metals and organic contaminants (bioactive compounds) by biofilms. Constructed wetlands in both the field and in greenhouses have been used to investigate the removal of selected pollutants (nutrients and metals) from industrial wastewaters. ESD scientists have led the development of ex situ and in situ ambient-water bioassay techniques for assessing pollutant loadings to receiving streams and for verifying the effectiveness of environmental remediation actions.

Chemical Sciences Division
Within the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, methods and instrumentaPhotograph of scientist working in the Chemical Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratorytion for the measurement of chemicals, chemical composition, and chemical processes are developed through research in analytical chemistry and applied to issues in the life, physical, and materials sciences. Mass spectrometry, miniaturized instrumentation, separation science, and solid-state NMR spectroscopy are particular specialties within the Chemical Sciences Division.

CSD's Organic and Biological Mass Spectrometry Group conducts fundamental and applied research in organic and biological mass spectrometry. This group has extensive experience in the development of instrumentation and analytical methods for detection of a wide variety of organic and biological molecules in various matrices.


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