Bob Trigiano in UTIA Entomology and Plant Pathology wins the Research Impact Award

Picture of Robert Trigiano with UTIA leaders

Bob Trigiano, professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, is the winner of the 2019 UTIA Research Impact Award. ​From left to right: Hongwei Xin, dean of UT AgResearch; Bob Trigiano, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; and Tim Cross, UT Institute of Agriculture senior vice president and senior vice chancellor. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 2, 2019. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

UTIA Senior Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners and praised them for their work. “The faculty and staff of the UT Institute of Agriculture are known on campus and throughout the state as dedicated, hard-working and knowledgeable experts who provide real-life solutions to challenging issues every day,” said Cross. “The awards presented at this ceremony recognize excellence in research, education, Extension outreach as well as service programs that benefit our stakeholders. They serve as our way to express our gratitude for a job well done.”

Bob Trigiano, professor in Entomology and Plant Pathology, is the winner of the Research Impact Award. 
The honor is presented to a faculty member whose efforts have a profound effect on improving the efficiency, sustainability and economic viability of the food and fiber industry of rural Tennessee.

“It is a very profound honor to receive the AgResearch Impact Award,” Trigiano says. “It not only recognizes my work and goals, but also acknowledges 
a research program with fantastic undergraduate and graduate students, technicians, postdocs and colleagues here at UT, in the USA and around the world who all have worked tirelessly and collaboratively over many years to make every accomplishment possible.”

Trigiano has 34 years of service to UTIA, starting in the soil and plant science lab, working in ornamental and horticultural design, and serving a term as interim department head. His research focuses on landscape plants and the cell and tissue culture of ornamentals. He’s been a leader in the release of flowering dogwood tress resistant to powdery mildew and anthranose, and he’s published more than ten academic textbooks on botany, plant pathology and tissue culture. He’s been a visiting professor in China and Germany, and once worked for the Green Giant Company in Costa Rica.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



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