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Phil Brannen

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.

COVID 19 Assistance for Farmers

See below for a message from our Associate Dean relative new funds that are available for helping farmers. I am not sure whether wine grape producers could benefit from these funds or not, but I am sure that muscadine producers for fresh market consumption could benefit. At a minimum, I…
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Webinar with Abby Snyder (Cornell), Beth Chang (VT) and Anna Katharine Mansfield (Cornell) on COVID 19 and Winery Operations

Mark Hoffman, viticulturist for NCSU, sent me the following information this morning. There will be a pertinent webinar on responding to COVID in winery operations. The webinar will take place on Monday, May 18th from 12-1:30 PM, and is titled “Re”wine”ing the Clock in a Post-COVID World: ensuring personal safety &…
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Powdery Mildew Resistance Article

Brooke Warres, a graduate student in the Plant Pathology Department of the University of Georgia, has been researching powdery mildew resistance to QoI and DMI fungicides. The attached is a news article that she composed, and it will be distributed through various outlets. However, you can have a look at…
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Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Reminder

UGA Extension Viticulture Blog | Grape Spray Program Design Workshops Disease and insect control are critical components of an IPM program for grapes. Vineyard managers ask questions yearly relative how to set up and administer an efficacious program for management of diseases and insects. In these workshops, vineyard managers will…
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Topsin WSB Special Local Needs Label Approved for GA

Thanks to UPL, we now have a Topsin label for pruning wounds in Georgia. Please see the attached approved SLN label for Topsin WSB control of Eutypa Dieback in Grapevines. Note that Botryosphaeria dieback is more prevalent in Georgia, but you will get suppression of Botryosphaeria when you spray for…
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Grape Spray Program Design Workshops


9:30 Registration

10:00 Disease management considerations for developing a spray program

10:30 Insect management considerations for spray program development

11:00 Group work

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Group work

2:00 Group presentations

3:00 Wrap up and final questions with experts


Workshop dates, registration contacts and locations are below (maximum of 20 participants per location, so sign up early to ensure a spot):









Paula Burke at 770-836-8546 or

March 3, 2020

UGA Extension Carroll County Office

900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA

(lunch provided on site)



Clark McAllister and Nathan Eason at 706-265-2442 or

March 5, 2020

Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation Building

365 Riley Rd, Dahlonega, GA

(lunch provided on site)



Ashley Hoppers at 706-632-3061 or 706-645-4426 or

March 17, 2020

Cartecay Vineyards

5704 Clear Creek Rd, Ellijay GA

(lunch provided on site)

Grape Spray Program Design Workshop Flyer

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Powdery Mildew Fungicide Resistance Survey

The following message is from Brooke Warres, a graduate student in the University of Georgia Plant Pathology Department. “Now that we are at harvest and spray programs may be halted or reduced, powdery mildew will likely be popping up.  As mentioned previously, we are conducting a survey of fungicide resistance…
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