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 The University of Tennessee | Institute of Agriculture

Bio-Based Energy Analysis Group

Donald Tyler

Education and Training

B.S., Agriculture and Chemistry, Murray St. University, Murray, KY, 1972
M.S., Soil Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1975  
Ph.D., Soil Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1978

Professional Experience

Professor, University of Tennessee, Dept. of Biosystems Engineering & Environmental Science, Jackson, TN, 1991 to present
Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Jackson, TN, 1983 to 1991
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Knoxville, TN, 1978-1983

Honors and Awards

  • American Society of Agronomy,Fellow Award, 2001
  • Soil Science Society of America, Fellow Award, 2002
  • University of Kentucky, S.H. Philips Distinguished Lecture in No-till Agriculture, 2005
  • The Faculty of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, John J. and Dorothy G. McDow Faculty Excellence Award, 2007

Recent International Activities

  • 2007 - Lesotho and South Africa, 4 Seminars to Extension Agents and Farmers on No-Tillage and Soil Management, March 16-31.
  • 2007 - Helmholtz Alliance Proposal Review Panel, German Government, Berlin, Germany, April 22-26
  • 2008 – Participant in UT Study tour to Thailand, January 17 - February
  • 2008 - Coordinated trip to Beijing, China with Ag Policy Center (UT). Presented seminars and guest lecturer at Huazhong University Wahan, China, May 30 – June11.


No-tillage Cropping Systems, Cover Crops, Biomass Cropping Systems

Recent Biomass Grant Activities

  • Evaluating Carbon Sequestration in Switchgrass.  UTBattelle, ORNL.  12/17/07-8/14/12.  $142,000.  Tyler, D. D. (85%), B. English (15%). 
  • Harvest Systems for High-Yield Grass Bio-Energy Crops under Southeast US Conditions: Switchgrass.  Deere and Company.  1/1/08-12/31/10.  $216,000. Womac, A. R. (50%), W. E. Hart (25%), D. D. Tyler (15%), B. English (5%), B. Brown (5%). 
  • CERES Switchgrass Variety Evaluation Trial: University of Tennessee.  CERES, Inc..  6/1/08-12/31/10.  $51,538. Tyler, D. D. (50%), Burt English (50%).

Recent Refereed Publications

  • Devine, Warren D., Donald D. Tyler, Michael D. Mullen, Allan E. Houston, John D. Joslin, Donald G. Hodges, Virginia R. Tolbert, and Marie E. Walsh. 2006. Conversion from an American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis L.) biomass crop to a no-till corn (Zea mays L.) system: Crop yields and management implications. Soil and Tillage Research, 87: 101-111.
  • Cochran, R.L., R.K. Roberts, J.A. Larson, and D. D. Tyler.  2007.  Cotton profitability with alternative lime application rates, cover crops, nitrogen rates, and tillage methods.  Agronomy Journal 99:1085-1092.
  • Donald, P.A., and D. D. Tyler.  2007.  Long-and short-term tillage effects on Heterodera glycines reproduction.  Journal of Nematology 39:27.
  • Labbe, N., X. P. Ye, J. A. Franklin, A. R. Womac, D. D. Tyler, and T. G. Rials.  2008.  Analysis of Switchgrass Characteristics Using Near Infrared Spectroscopy.  BioResources 3(4):1329-1348.
  • West,T.O., Brandt, C.C., Wilson, B.S., Hellwinchel, C.M., Tyler, D.D., Marland, G., De La Torre Ugarte, D.G., Larson, J.A., Nelson, R.G. 2008. Estimating Regional Changes in Soil Carbon with High Spatial Resolution. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 72(2): 285-294.
  • Donald P.A., Tyler, D.D., 2009. Short and Long-term Tillage Effects on Heterodera glycines Reproduction in Soybean Monoculture in West Tennessee. Soil and Tillage Res. 104:126-133.
  • Schomberg, H.H., Wietholter, S., Griffin, T.S., Reeves, D.W., Cabrera, M.L., Franzluebbers, A.J., Fisher, D.S., Endale, D.M., Novak, J.M., Balcom, K.S., Raper, R.L., Kitchen, N.R., Locke, M.A., Potter, K.N., Schwartz, R.Truman, C.C., Tyler, D.D. 2009.. Assessing Indices for Predicting Potential N Mineralization in Pedogenically Distinct Soils under Different Tillage Management Systems. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:1575-1586.
  • Mooney, D.F., R.K. Roberts, B.C. English, D.D. Tyler, and R.K. Roberts. 2009 Yield and Breakeven Price of ‘Alamo’ Switchgrass for Biofuels in Tennessee. Agron. J. 101:1234-1242.
  • Garten Jr C.T., Smith J.L., Tyler D.D., Amonette J.E., Bailey V.L., Brice D.J., Castro H.F., Graham R.L.,   Gunderson C.A., Izaurralde R.C., Jardine P.M., Jastrow J.D., Kerley M.K., Matamala R., Mayes M.A., Metting F.B., Miller R.M., Moran K.K., Post III W.M., Sands R.D., Schadt C.W., Phillips J.R., Thomson A.M., Vugteveen T., West T.O., Wullschleger S.D. 2010. Intra-annual changes in biomass, carbon, and nitrogen dynamics at 4-year old switchgrass field trials in West Tennessee, USA. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 136: 177-184.
  • Gwathmey, C.O., D.D. Tyler, and X. Yin. 2010. Prospects for monitoring cotton crop maturity with normalized difference vegetation index. Agron. J. 102:1352-1360.
  • Charles T. Garten Jr., Deanne J. Brice, Hector F. Castro, Robin L. Graham, Melanie A. Mayes, Jana R. Phillips, Wilfred M. Post III, Christopher Schadt, Stan D. Wullschleger, Donald D. Tyler, Phillip M. Jardine, Julie D. Jastrow, Roser Matamala, R. Michael Miller, Kelly K. Moran, T. Vugteveen, R. Cesar Izaurralde, Allison M. Thomson, Tristram O. West, James E. Amonette, Vanessa L. Bailey, F. Blaine Metting, Jeffrey L. Smith. 2011. Response of “Alamo” switchgrass tissue chemistry and biomass to nitrogen fertilization in west Tennessee, USA. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.140:289-297.
  • Jung, Ji Young, Rattan Lal, Julie D. Jastrow, Donald D. Tyler. 2011 Nitrogenous fertilizer effects on soil structural properties under switchgrass. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment. 141:215-220.
  • Xinhua, Yin, M. Angela McClure, Ngowari Jaja, Donald D. Tyler, Robert M. Hayes. 2011. In-season prediction of corn yield using plant height under major production systems. Agron. J. 103:923-929.
  • Wight, J.P., F. L. Allen, P. Donald, D. D. Tyler, and A. M. Saxton.  2011.  Impact of Crop Rotation and Bio-covers on Soybean Cyst Nematode.  Plant and Health Progress doi:10,1094/PHP-2010-0930-04-RS


Donald Tyler

Department of Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science

The University of Tennessee

West Tennessee Research & Education Center
605 Airways Blvd.
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Phone: (731) 424-1643
Fax:  (731) 425-4760