Tennessee: Tyson Raper Named 2018 Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist

Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee Extension Cotton Specialist. Photo: Ginger Rowsey, UTIA

Tyson Raper, assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences and UT Extension cotton and small grains specialist, is the 2018 recipient of the Dr. J. Tom Cothren Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist Award.

The award was presented at the 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio, Texas.

The honor of Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist goes to a scientist who is new in his career, but who has already made significant research contributions in cotton physiology. Raper joined the UT Institute of Agriculture in 2014 and is based at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. He leads the university’s education and research efforts involving cotton, wheat and other small grain crops.

Raper also works closely with producers and agricultural industry groups to share research and promote practices for improved crop profitability and sustainability. His research focuses on variety testing, fertility, drought stress, irrigation, crop protectants and growth regulation.

“I was very pleased to hear of the announcement of Dr. Raper’s recognition” says Scott Senseman, head of the Department of Plant Sciences. “To have one of our scientists receive an award named after Dr. Tom Cothren has special meaning to me since I had the distinct pleasure of being a friend and colleague. He would have been very pleased that someone of Tyson’s caliber and character is representing the future of cotton physiology.”

Tom Cothren was a professor and crop physiologist at Texas A&M University. In 2015, the Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist Award was renamed in remembrance of Cothren and his many academic and scientific contributions to the cotton physiology community.

“We are very excited about Tyson’s future accomplishments,” says Senseman.

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