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Dean A. Kopsell

Associate Professor, Plant Sciences Department

Education:

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
Email: dkopsell@utk.edu

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