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The Vineyard Advisor App

You may already be aware of this app, but I just found out about it today.  The Vineyard Advisor App has been developed by Texas Tech, and it appears to largely be an IPM app.  I don’t think it is that helpful in identification, so you have to largely know the organism already to find stuff associated with it (e.g. powdery mildew or spotted wing drosophila). However, it really has some interesting and useful information that can be carried around with your smart phone. It is free, and though not all information may fit our climate, I would definitely download it and use it as one source of information.

The MyIPM app has been developed through a collaborative effort lead by Dr. Guido Schnabel from Clemson University.  You might check it out as well.  The wine grape section is being developed at this time, and over time, it will be a good diagnostic guide as well.  As of the moment, it does not have much on it, so don’t be disappointed.  Check out the peach section (especially the expert voice for brown rot), as this one is pretty well developed.  That should give you hope for the future.

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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.