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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.

Copper Formulations for Peach and Cover Sprays

From what I have been told, there may be a shortage of oxytetracycline products this year, due to the use of this antibiotic in Florida for potential control of citrus greening.  All of this is occurring at a time in which we can expect ideal conditions for bacterial spot development…
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Bacterial Spot Danger

In reviewing the weather forecasts for the next 15 days or so, I am concerned about bacterial spot development.  The current warm temperatures are certainly increasing bacterial numbers, and any temperature above 65 F is sufficient for multiplication.  Temperatures in the upper 70s or lower 80s provide perfect conditions for…
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Early Green Fruit Rot

This photo shows green fruit rot (caused by Monilinia fructicola) on insect-damaged peaches (photo taken today from fruit collected in an ‘O’Henry’ block at the USDA research station in Byron, GA).  I have never personally observed green fruit rot this early, but it does occur from time to time.  If…
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