​​Honored for Contributions to Science, Education

Bob Trigiano, UTIA Institute Professor of 2015, with Chancellor Arrington
Bob Trigiano (left) accepts a plaque commemorating his designation as UTIA Institute Professor from University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington. Trigiano is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image. UTIA recently honored more than 30 faculty and staff members. For a complete list, click here​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture has named Bob Trigiano the Institute Professor of 2015. The title is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate high achievement in teaching, research and service. Trigiano is a professor in the university’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Department.
Trigiano’s career at UTIA spans more than 30 years. He’s served in numerous leadership roles across the Institute including interim department head for three departments: Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, Plant Sciences and Entomology and Plant Pathology. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science and has been recognized nationally for his contributions to horticulture.
Trigiano’s area of research focuses on native plants for landscapes. His work has provided an economic boost to the state’s nursery industry, thanks to his role in the development of patents for dogwood varieties that are resistant to harmful diseases. He is also involved in developing tissue culture systems for ornamental plants, with a goal to create species with superior horticulture traits, adapted to climate change.
Co-workers describe Trigiano as a gifted instructor. He has served on the committee of 58 graduate students during his tenure at UTIA. In addition to teaching graduate level courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Trigiano is a visiting professor at two universities in China. He is also a prolific writer and editor, having published more than 100 journal articles and authored nine books and 54 book chapters. He currently serves as one of two editors in chief of Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, a top ten journal in the plant science discipline.
Since 1996, he has secured more than $8 million in grants for horticultural research at UTIA. He has received the B. Ray Thompson, Sr. Award for Outstanding Faculty Performance, the B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Award of Excellence in Technology Transfer, and both the Gamma Sigma Delta Team Research Award and Research Award of Merit.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.


Bob Trigiano, professor, UT Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 865-974-0221,