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Anthracnose Disease Survey

I know it is Christmas, but if you can take a few minutes (literally about five at max) to fill out this short survey (see link below), it would be be greatly appreciated. We are conducting this survey as part of a grant application, and if we do receive funds, we hope to research the pathogens that cause these types of diseases on various fruit commodities. We want your honest assessment of the impact of anthracnose in peaches or other fruit commodities you may grow. Unfortunately, the survey appears to link Georgia and Illinois together. Just fill it out anyway, as the main thing is for us to determine how important this is for your commodity. The short section below provides additional information on anthracnose and the survey intent. Thanks for your time.

Phil

This short survey linked below is a part of multi-state research collaboration that aims to help us understand the impact and role of anthracnose (fruit rot) diseases caused by the fungal pathogens in the Colletotrichum genus and to prioritize grower concerns and challenges. All responses are anonymous. No personal information will be collected.

Anthracnose diseases in tree- and small-fruit crops may go by many names (bitter rot of apple, anthracnose of peach/blueberry/strawberry, ripe rot of grape, crown rot of strawberry, etc.) but many of them are caused by the same fungal pathogens: Colletotrichum species.

We appreciate your help in providing this valuable feedback from your farm operations and thank you for taking your time to help us set the research goals for 2021 and 2022 (please click on the link below to start the survey):

https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d59ecltm2mqbbw1

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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.