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Bunch and Leaf Disease Survey for Pierce’s Disease Tolerant Grapes

I know each of you get survey fatigue, and I do as well.  I promise this one is really, really short though.  Shane Breeden, working with Cain Hickey and I,  is developing a research program to study current and potential hybrid grapes for utility in Georgia and the Southeast as a whole.  As a starting point, we would like to get your feedback on your observations of bunch and leaf diseases observed on your current Pierce’s disease (PD) tolerant grapes (PD-tolerant hybrids or grapes like Norton — not muscadines) — assuming you grow these.  If you do not grow Pierce’s disease tolerant grapes or you grow muscadines, you need read no further.

The following introduction and survey are from Shane.  As always, we appreciate your help.

“Please take some time to fill out this survey (below). It is a very short survey that will take roughly 5 minutes, and it will help us to develop better cultivar information for disease management recommendations. Pierce’s disease is influential in cultivar selection and disease management in Georgia and the surrounding states; we would therefore like to assess the impact that several other diseases have on the PD-tolerant cultivars that we successfully grow in areas with strong Pierce’s disease pressure. Knowing the cultivars and the severity of the disease pressure, we will be able to investigate and recommend more efficient and effective disease management programs.  If you are a researcher and/or a consultant and you have opinions/observations on PD-tolerant cultivars, we would welcome your feedback in this survey as well.  Thanks for your valuable time.”

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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.