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Dean A. Kopsell

Associate Professor, Plant Sciences Department


Ph.D. in Horticultural Science, 1999.  The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.M.S. in Horticultural Science, 1995.  The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.B.S. in Agribusiness-Horticulture, 1992.  Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Research Area:

Vegetable crop physiology and phytochemical enhancement.

Research Description:

Current research interests include:

  • The influence of genetic and environmental effects on phytochemical concentrations within vegetable and specialty crops.
  • Carotenoid, flavonoid, and glucosinolate metabolism in specialty crops.
  • Metabolism of nutritionally beneficial macronutrients and micronutrients in specialty crops.
  • Breeding strategies to improve phytochemical concentrations.

 Current research focus is on:

    • Impacts of UV-light on phytochemical concentrations within specialty crops.
    • The influence of HPPD-inhibiting herbicides on carotenoid metabolism in agronomic and specialty crops.
    • Role of phytochemicals and organo-selenium compounds in the prevention of breast cancer.
    • Role of plant hormones in the metabolism of phytochemicals.

Dr. Dean A. Kopsell

Contact Information:

Plant Sciences Department
252 Plant Sciences Building
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-1145
FAX: 865-974-1947

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