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Intro to Biosystems Engineering
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  
High Tunnels
Some Tennessee nursery farmers use what are called “high tunnel” greenhouses – an inexpensive way to protect crops from temperatures that are either too hot or cold.  
4-H Youth Create 'Eco Bots'
Members of Knoxville's 4-H Youth Development club met to build a small robot called an 'Eco-bot' to clean up a simulated oil spill.  
Our Stories: Dr. Neal Eash
This episode features Dr. Neal Eash, associate professor in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science.  
Cotton Sub-Irrigation
Watering plants to make them grow works in a small garden or lawn, but is not so easy when you're talking about large acres. However, UT AgResearchers have made gains in recent years.  
No-Till Hills
There was a time when sloped land was just about useless because of frequent soil erosion. But now, hilly terrain can be productive. 'No-till” farming makes it possible.  
LED Plant Lights
It’s been known for years we can use indoor lighting to grow plants. Now UT Ag Researchers are looking at LED lights as an efficient way to bring plants to life.  
Obed Watershed
For every flowing river in Tennessee, there are many streams that feed it. A group of volunteers on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau work to preserve water quality in these tributaries.  
Southern Part. for Integr. Biomass Supply Systems
The Southern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems  
Food vs. Fuel
UT Ag Researchers are studying what could be a compromise between food and fuel.  
Forage Research
UT researchers are looking for the best forage for cattle to produce high quality beef. The goal is to grow hay for cattle in the hot, dry months of summer – when fields are usually barren.  
Crab Lab
Though crabs are disappearing along America’s coasts, research in land-locked Tennessee could help. Students in Biosystems Engineering have designed a project to replenish crab populations.  
Weed Research
A climate that's good for a variety of crops means many types of weeds also thrive. UT AgResearch works to help farmers battle this yearly problem that can greatly affect their yields.  
Cotton Gin
We know it as the fabric of our lives. Cotton is everywhere - found in clothing, upholstery and even food and money. But we need a way to get cotton from the field to the manufacturing plant.  
No-Till Farming's Effect on May Flood
May flooding caused extensive damage to agricultural production in Tennessee, but experts say it could have been much worse if not for the widespread use of no-till crop production.  
Preventing Nitrate Toxicity in Cattle
UT experts talk about the danger of nitrate toxicity and how you can prevent it on your farm.  
UT engineers create technology to map rivers
A UT AgResearch professor has developed an underwater video system that, in combination with surface videos, gives a complete picture of the stream.  
Cotton Module Picker
More and more producers are using cotton module pickers to get their crops from the field to the gin.  
Ground Penetrating Radar
Engineers at UTs Institute of Agriculture use ground penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves.  
Switchgrass Forage
Experts with UT's Institute of Agriculture believe switchgrass is nutritious for farm animals, and environmentally friendly.  
Mine Reclamation
We get half our electricity from coal, but getting to coal underground sometimes means we have to cut down trees. UTIA researchers are working to bring new vegetation to former mining sites.  
Wood for Biomass
Tennessee's vast forests might someday be used for biomass.  
Biofuel Students
Someday you could go to college and earn a degree in biofuel production. It's an academic major being developed at the UT Institute of Agriculture.  
Cotton Irrigation
Cotton is hurting because of this summer’s drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture – and just how much water is enough for a plant to grow.  
Gnats (Black Flies)
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.  
Tennessee is having one of its driest years ever. The National Drought Mitigation Center reports the entire state is experiencing moderate to severe drought.  
Quonset Barn
Most barns are square or rectangular, painted red, and with a loft to store hay. But now some Tennessee farmers are looking at a more-modern day barn built to last a long time.  
A recent report says the U.S. could produce a billion tons of biofuel materials each year, without impacting food supplies. We are working on ways to produce biomass and alternative fuels.