Person

William E Klingeman III

Professor & Assistant Department Head | Plant Sciences

Specialization: Professor of Urban Landscape and Production Horticulture Research

Overview

Dr. Klingeman's recent lab and field research includes on-going examinations of interactions and vector potential of plant pathogens with TN native and non-native plants, as well as interactions of walnut twig beetles with host tree, flatheaded beetle borers, and other arthropod species with plant pathogens including Geosmithia morbida, the pathogen causing Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut, plus other potential plant pathogenic fungi. Optimizing trapping of walnut twig beetle (vector of Thousand Cankers Disease of walnut), assessing seasonality and regional distribution of metallic woodboring beetles, and understanding genetic relatedness of flatheaded borers and clearwing insect borers that cause economically losses to trees and shrubs in nurseries and landscapes. Examination of NDP database records used to document regional records and reporting of key armored scale, soft scale, and mealybug species that have been identified by state diagnosticians across the U.S. Outcomes expected from this collaborative effort will include resource development for diagnosticians intended to facilitate training and direct best practices for identifying scale insects.

Research Focus

Recent research areas include: 1) Host, Vector & Plant Pathogen Interactions, 2) Trapping Efficiency for Woodboring Insects & their Diversity in TN, 3) Molecular Diagnosis and Detection of Plant Pathogens and Arthropod Pests from Host Plant Tissues

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 410 - Nursery Management and Production
3 credit hour(s)

Management methods as applied to retail and wholesale nurseries and landscape contracting firms. Methods of producing liners, container and field-grown woody liners, containers and field-grown ornamental plants. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (WC) Satisfies General Education Requirement through the 2021-2022 academic catalog: (WC)
Recommended Background: Working knowledge and familiarity with regionally adapted ornamental plant varieties.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ENGL 102 or ENGL 132 or ENGL 290 or ENGL 298.
Comment(s): Offered Spring in alternate, odd-numbered years.

PLSC 443 - Turfgrass Entomology
2 credit hour(s)

Biological study and collection of arthropods that challenge maintenance of healthy grasses, turf, and sod. Review and discussion of sampling/monitoring strategies and decision-making guidelines to help manage turfgrass pests. Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both PLSC 443 and PLSC 543.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 240 and BIOL 113 or BIOL 114.
Comment(s): Offered first session Spring in alternate, even-numbered years.

PLSC 543 - Turfgrass Entomology
3 credit hour(s)

Biological study and collection of arthropods that challenge maintenance of healthy grasses, turf, and sod. Review and discussion of sampling/monitoring strategies and decision-making guidelines to help manage turfgrass pests. Credit Restriction: Students may not apply 543 towards their graduate degree requirements if they received credit for 443. Comments: Spring semester. Alternate, Even-numbered Years.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

PLSC 569 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 3 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance, and for second-year graduate students, responsibility for course delivery.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Sorochan, John Charles | Pulte, Andy | Ross, Michael | Walters, Kellie Jean | Butler, David M.

PLSC 593 - Problems in Plant Sciences
1 - 3 credit hours

Independent study. Current topic related to technology, science or design.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students in PSI, a maximum of 9 hours may be applied to the major.

Other Instructors: Ross, Michael | Butler, David M. | Bates, Gary Edward | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Millwood, Reggie | Orrick, Brandon | Stewart, Neal

William E Klingeman III

Professor & Assistant Department Head | Plant Sciences
William E Klingeman III image
112 Plant Biotechnology Building
2505 E J Chapman Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561
Overview

Dr. Klingeman's recent lab and field research includes on-going examinations of interactions and vector potential of plant pathogens with TN native and non-native plants, as well as interactions of walnut twig beetles with host tree, flatheaded beetle borers, and other arthropod species with plant pathogens including Geosmithia morbida, the pathogen causing Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut, plus other potential plant pathogenic fungi. Optimizing trapping of walnut twig beetle (vector of Thousand Cankers Disease of walnut), assessing seasonality and regional distribution of metallic woodboring beetles, and understanding genetic relatedness of flatheaded borers and clearwing insect borers that cause economically losses to trees and shrubs in nurseries and landscapes. Examination of NDP database records used to document regional records and reporting of key armored scale, soft scale, and mealybug species that have been identified by state diagnosticians across the U.S. Outcomes expected from this collaborative effort will include resource development for diagnosticians intended to facilitate training and direct best practices for identifying scale insects.

Research Focus

Recent research areas include: 1) Host, Vector & Plant Pathogen Interactions, 2) Trapping Efficiency for Woodboring Insects & their Diversity in TN, 3) Molecular Diagnosis and Detection of Plant Pathogens and Arthropod Pests from Host Plant Tissues

Courses
Below are courses taught during the current or past three academic years. Consult Timetable for the most current listing of courses and instructor(s).

PLSC 410 - Nursery Management and Production
3 credit hour(s)

Management methods as applied to retail and wholesale nurseries and landscape contracting firms. Methods of producing liners, container and field-grown woody liners, containers and field-grown ornamental plants. Satisfies Volunteer Core Requirement: (WC) Satisfies General Education Requirement through the 2021-2022 academic catalog: (WC)
Recommended Background: Working knowledge and familiarity with regionally adapted ornamental plant varieties.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : ENGL 102 or ENGL 132 or ENGL 290 or ENGL 298.
Comment(s): Offered Spring in alternate, odd-numbered years.

PLSC 443 - Turfgrass Entomology
2 credit hour(s)

Biological study and collection of arthropods that challenge maintenance of healthy grasses, turf, and sod. Review and discussion of sampling/monitoring strategies and decision-making guidelines to help manage turfgrass pests. Credit Restriction: Students may not receive credit for both PLSC 443 and PLSC 543.
(RE) Prerequisite(s) : PLSC 240 and BIOL 113 or BIOL 114.
Comment(s): Offered first session Spring in alternate, even-numbered years.

PLSC 543 - Turfgrass Entomology
3 credit hour(s)

Biological study and collection of arthropods that challenge maintenance of healthy grasses, turf, and sod. Review and discussion of sampling/monitoring strategies and decision-making guidelines to help manage turfgrass pests. Credit Restriction: Students may not apply 543 towards their graduate degree requirements if they received credit for 443. Comments: Spring semester. Alternate, Even-numbered Years.
Registration Restriction(s): Minimum student level – graduate.

PLSC 569 - Teaching Practicum
1 - 3 credit hours

Supervised experience in teaching. May involve preparation of lectures and teaching aids, preparation and supervision of laboratory exercises, evaluation of student performance, and for second-year graduate students, responsibility for course delivery.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 3 hours.
Registration Permission: Consent of instructor.

Other Instructors: Sorochan, John Charles | Pulte, Andy | Ross, Michael | Walters, Kellie Jean | Butler, David M.

PLSC 593 - Problems in Plant Sciences
1 - 3 credit hours

Independent study. Current topic related to technology, science or design.

Repeatability: May be repeated. Maximum 6 hours. Credit Restriction: For MS students, a maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major. For PhD students in PSI, a maximum of 9 hours may be applied to the major.

Other Instructors: Ross, Michael | Butler, David M. | Bates, Gary Edward | Sorochan, John Charles | Walters, Kellie Jean | Millwood, Reggie | Orrick, Brandon | Stewart, Neal