Bioactive Natural Products Center of Excellence provides an environment
where researchers are encouraged to collaborate to solve complex
problems and contribute to the establishment of The University of
Tennessee as a leader in agricultural technology. This multidisciplinary
approach fosters synergistic relationships, and allows successful
programs to flourish.
through cross-cultural/cross-national research, archeological
data, and other sources, commercially viable plant, insect, and
microbial compounds or mixtures of compounds that can be used
to control diseases and pests.
these compounds and optimize their isolation and production.
screening methods for rapid detection, identification and quantification
of plant, insect, and microbial bioactive natural products.
protocols for using bioactive plants as horticultural amendments
to control soilborne pathogens and weeds in greenhouse crops and
as biomulches in field crops.
commercial natural pesticide products for agricultural and veterinary
use through partnerships with government agencies and commercial
producers of plant and animal health products.
the economic feasibility of large-scale production of alternative
(bioactive) crops to help stimulate economic development in traditional
Service and Education Objectives
the establishment of alternative high-value crops through education
and public awareness campaigns aimed at farmers and other agricultural
a graduate studies curriculum in bioactive natural products.