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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.

Botrytis Testing for Fungicide Resistance

Clemson University has picked up the resistance testing for Botrytis. This is not a free service at this time. However, it is very useful and worth the funds to determine which Botryticides are working. See the attached form for information needed. Additional information from Dr. Guido Schnabel. I worked with…
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Two New Fact Sheets for Southeastern Vineyards

See attached for two new fact sheets that might be of interest to you. The first presents results of a preliminary comparison between manual and mechanical pruning in the muscadine juice cultivar ‘Carlos’. The second is part of the Vineyard Canopy Management Series and deals with fruit zone management. Enjoy.
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UGA Grape Team Impact Survey

Please see below for an urgent message and link to an anonymous survey from Savithri Nambeesan concerning the impact of our Extension programs over the last few years relative Pierce’s disease and canopy management. Note that the turnaround time is pretty rapid (tomorrow), and we apologize for that, but it…
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Muscadine Webinar: Summer Vineyard Management

Mark Hoffman (North Carolina State) is offering a muscadine webinar that might be of interest for those commercial growers who utilize muscadine for fresh market or wine production. See below for the link to the training.
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Downy Mildew Alert

Today, Shane Breeden (plant pathology graduate student and technician for the Horticulture and Plant Pathology Departments) observed downy mildew in our Horticulture Farm research plots for the first time this year (Watkinsville, GA). This indicates that producers should be scouting for it throughout the state. In addition, if you have…
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